Extreme fundraising ideas

Do you want to push yourself to the limit for a great cause? Take on one of these top extreme fundraising ideas from Teenage Cancer Trust and watch the pounds roll in for charity.


There’s arguably no other challenge that takes more guts than throwing yourself out of a plane at 10,000 feet. Sign up for a skydive with Teenage Cancer Trust and we’ll support you every step of the way.

Climb a mountain

Conquering a mountain is a physically-demanding adventure with the potential to bring in plenty of money for young people with cancer. From the frosty summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to the challenge of the UK’s highest three peaks, there’s a world of climbing challenges out there to choose from.

The back of a fundraiser nearing the summit of a mountain as part of a mountain climbing challenge to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust

Long-distance cycling

An extreme fundraising idea that’ll have you rolling past spectacular scenery as you raise vital funds for young people in need. Cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats, take on the London to Brighton bike ride or go continental by peddling from the UK to Paris. There are plenty of long-distance cycling challenges out there to choose from.

Swim the Channel

It’s one of the most extreme fundraising challenges out there and one that requires a huge amount of training and planning. Take on the whole 22-mile challenge from Dover to Calais yourself, or share the distance with a group. Do your research to make sure you’re taking on this brave challenge safely. You can also consider covering the distance of the Channel in lengths at your local pool or take on another challenge like the Great North Swim.

Running challenges

Whether you’re running the London Marathon, another race or even an ultramarathon, it’s a hugely rewarding and impressive way to raise money for charity. There are plenty of charity running events to choose from.

Charity triathlons

Perhaps the ultimate test of all-round physical endurance, a triathlon is an extreme fundraising challenge which includes running a marathon, as well as cycling and swimming. It’s no mean feat and taking on this impressive challenge will surely reap rewards in sponsorship.

Polar water plunge

Be a fundraiser of the coolest kind with a dip in chilly waters (with safety precautions in place, of course) or by immersing yourself in an ice bath. You can also join thousands of other supporters by signing up for Teenage Cancer Trust’s Dip-a-Day cold water challenge. Braving the cold will raise vital funds for young people in need of our help.

A group in wetsuits running into the sea as part of a cold water challenge to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust

Abseil a skyscraper

Take your fundraising efforts to dizzying heights with a hair-raising descent down a towering landmark. There are organised abseils down skyscrapers and bridges across the country – and the highest freefall abseil is at the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London. Whatever the location, you’ll get spectacular views on the way down… if you dare to look.

A fundraiser abseiling down a tall glass building as part of a challenge to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust

Long-distance trek

There are a vast number of long-distance walking routes across the UK that test your endurance and take in some incredible scenery, like the 99-mile South Downs Way or the 182-mile Coast to Coast Walk. And there are plenty more challenges abroad. So, break in those walking boots and get hiking for a fantastic cause.

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How do I get the money raised to Teenage Cancer Trust?

If you’ve set up an online fundraising page for your school’s event or challenge, we’ll automatically get the money. If you’ve raised cash donations yourself, check out our paying in money to us guide. And be sure to register your event in advance to get all of the help and resources you need to make it a success.