Funding is hugely important in the research into cures for deadly or debilitating diseases. Funding from charities can often make all the difference, so no matter the illness you want to help find a cure for, there are ideas below that are sure to help your charity’s next fundraising drive.

Sponsored run – arrange a sponsored run (5k is a great distance) and encourage supporters to take part. You could provide prizes for the fastest runners, but make sure to also encourage and include all your supporters, some can jog or walk the course instead, and still play a part in the fundraising.

Charity auction – write to local businesses and famous people outlining your charity’s aims. Ask for donated items to be auctioned at a charity night.

Selling charity gear – create designs for hoodies, t-shirts and more featuring your charity’s logo. This is a great way for your supporters to show their allegiance to your cause and support your charity at the same time

Fancy Dress night – a great excuse for a party, you can use the seasons or a successful film or book series to provide the inspiration for your fancy dress theme. Whatever the idea behind your costumes, make sure there are plenty of competitions and activities on offer, and food and drink for sale in order to raise as much money for your cause as possible.

Car washing – get a group together, find some buckets and soap and go knocking on doors to offer your car washing service. Be sure to wear your charity t-shirts, and let people know what a good cause they are supporting.

Bake/Plant sales – organise a cake morning and bring along delicious treats to sell to friends, family and the local community. Perhaps you have some gardening experts among your supporters? It is easy to nurture a few different species of flower, herb or vegetable plants to adulthood and then sell the plants in small pots at a community sale.

Looking for more general ideas for fundraising? You can find them on the Main Fundraising page.