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Virtual Fundraising Challenges

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Do you need some inspiration for fundraising from home?

Fundraising is more important than ever, and there are many ways in which you can help to support the elderly community, our care homes and our staff.

This is an unprecedented time of need for the care home sector, so any extra fundraised income is greatly appreciated.

If you’ve been able to save some money from reduced commuting and socialising costs, why not make a donation that could help to support vulnerable older people through this period of isolation.

If you would prefer to help raise funds through other means, we’ve created a comprehensive list of fundraising ideas that you can do from home to help inspire you.

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Home Fundraising Ideas

Indoor exercise fundraising challenges

There are lots of indoor exercise activities you can do without annoying too many people in your household! Just try to make it fun and interesting – for example: set eye-catching targets, live stream the challenge and share it around on social media. The more impressive the challenge, the more donations you’ll get!

If you can’t get outside, you could always virtually “run to Paris” on your treadmill, or “bike to Cardiff” or your exercise bike, just to make it more interesting. Even every-day activities like climbing the stairs, lifting weights, or even doing press-ups or sit-ups are great ways to stay in shape while also raising funds.

More Virtual Running Events

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Virtual fundraising

There are also ways in which you can raise funds virtually by live streaming. Just be sure to make your friends and family aware of the fundraising cause and its importance.

  • Virtual quizzes have taken off recently – we’re sure you may even have been invited to one or two! Quizzes are a great opportunity for fundraising as well as lots of fun, just make sure you set an entry fee (with some or all the funds going to a charitable cause).
  • If you fancy yourself a bit of a DJ, you could raise money by doing a special music mix for 12 hours, if you’re a gamer, game for 12 hours!
  • For the bakers among you, take the chance to bake cakes all day for a good cause!
  • Even you singers and musicians can get in on the act if you’re willing to put yourself out there.Why not get creative with home videos? You could provide some much-needed entertainment for family, friends and even random people across the internet!
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Other fundraising ideas

  • If any of the ideas above aren’t really your cup of tea or if they’re not logistically possible, you could consider doing something simple yet effective – like growing a beard or shaving your head. Just be sure that your family and friends are willing to support you and make sure you share the updates on social media.
  • On Facebook, you can now request donations for your birthday, rather than getting a card or present. Why not extend this idea into real life? This is a commendable and easy way to raise money for care homes.
  • Another one of the most effective and appreciated thing you could do is supply essential services to the NHS, as the service is still in need of more volunteers. This is a fantastic cause and we’re sure you could raise donations to Friends of the Elderly by telling your friends and family about it.
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eBay

With many people finding themselves with more time on their hands, why not take the opportunity to clear out spaces such as lofts and garages? If you have items that you no longer need, you could sell some of the excess to raise money for a great cause.

If you’re selling your unwanted items on eBay, you can donate a percentage of the final sale price to Friends of the Elderly.

A 15% to 25% donation would make a big difference.

To do this, on your eBay listing select the option to donate a portion to charity. Then find ‘Friends of the Elderly’ and input the percentage of your selling price you would like to donate. Check it over and if you’re happy then list your item. Once sold, PayPal Giving Fund will automatically send the donation to Friends of the Elderly.

No matter how you decide to raise money for the elderly, please encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do the same! And remember to let us know how you get on via our Facebook Facebook Logoand Twitter Twitter's logo_white bird in a blue circle pages. We can’t wait to see your progress!

To help you reach more people and increase donations, remember to promote all your virtual fundraising campaigns with generic fundraising-based hashtags on Twitter and Facebook.

These hashtags include: #MessageofSupport #Coronavirus #QuarantineQuizzes #charity #nonprofit #donate #love #fundraising #community #volunteer #giveback #support #help #dogood #ngo #fundraiser #donation #socialgood #charityevent #donations #givingback #philanthropy #covid #family #hope #change #makeadifference #volunteering.

Please also take the time to send messages of support and solidarity to our residents and staff at this time of isolation.Any additional funding we receive from inspirational people like you is vital. Your generous donations help us to support lonely older people during this difficult and anxious time.
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The funding will go towards:

  • Providing befriending services for lonely older people. Including frequent phone calls to have a chat, see how they are feeling, and find out what support they may need.
  • Awarding grants to older people living on low incomes, including purchasing items such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones so they can stay in touch with friends and family.
  • Ensuring our clients stay connected to people, by sending them greeting cards with messages of support which we receive from around the world.

If you have any questions or concerns our fundraising team can be reached on
020 7881 1169 or at FundraisingTeam@fote.org.uk