Charity fundraiser ideas

Bring friends, family, neighbours and colleagues together for a fun event and raise money for a great cause. From bingo nights to dance-a-thons, here are Teenage Cancer Trust’s favourite fundraiser ideas.

Charity pub quiz

Find a venue and create a quiz for an evening of fundraising fun. Ask teams to pay an entry fee or donation, with proceeds going to Teenage Cancer Trust. See if local businesses will supply prizes for the winning brainboxes, or ask the venue to donate a round of drinks on the house.

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Neon sign which reads 'Pub quiz tonight'

Themed fundraisers

Are you a film buff? Or perhaps you go crazy for karaoke? Whatever your favourite form of entertainment is, turn it into a fundraising event and pull in pounds for young people and families affected by cancer. Organise it at home, in the garden or in a bigger venue, depending on your guest list size. Other themed fundraiser ideas include wine and cheese nights, bingo parties and murder mystery evenings.

A man eats popcorn watching a movie at a film night to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust

Supper clubs

The perfect idea for talented chefs – supper clubs can showcase your culinary skills while raising money for a great cause. Invite diners round for an evening of fine food in return for a donation to charity.

Diners raise a glass of wine in toast at a supper club to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust

Parties and galas

Whether it’s Summer Solstice or Christmas, throw a party to celebrate – and ask your guests to pay a donation to join in the fun. Whether it’s a summer fair or a full-blown charity gala with performances and prizes, put your party planning skills to the test and raise vital funds for Teenage Cancer Trust.

An outdoor tug of war at a summer party to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust

Charity tournaments

How about a charity football tournament? Or a fundraising dodgeball match? You could even create an obstacle course and ask people to pay to take part. Channel people’s competitive spirit into a sporting or gaming event and raise money for an important cause.

A man picking up a dodgeball at a charity dodgeball tournament to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust


Fancy dress

A simple but fun fundraiser idea for offices and schools – ask colleagues or students to dress up for the day and donate to Teenage Cancer Trust. You could even do something as easy as an ugly jumper or tie day. Or perhaps you can get colleagues to sponsor you to wear an embarrassing costume to the office? Your public humiliation will help to make life better for children and families affected by cancer.

Marathon events

Whether it’s a 24-hour yoga-a-thon, dance-a-thon, or our Game-a-thon, marathon events are a great way of bringing people together for an important cause. Or take on a solo challenge and stream your efforts to everyone who has sponsored you. In fact, marathon challenges lend themselves brilliantly to virtual events.

A room with five people doing yoga

Talent shows

Invite people to showcase their talents for an entry fee and sell tickets to the event. Let the audience vote for the winner and give your fundraising a boost by selling refreshments and even raffle tickets.

A schoolgirl on stage playing a plastic guitar

Charity auctions

Ask people and businesses to donate goods or services and put them under the hammer. Whether you’re auctioning artwork or a day of cleaning, it’s a fantastic way of raising funds for young people facing cancer.

An auctioneer banging a gavel in front of a crowd

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

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