Social distancing rules have meant many traditional ways to fundraise have been put on hold for the time being. Many such activities involve the things we enjoy most, like getting together with people, collaboration - and celebrating with hugs! Things we have to do differently at the moment.

But social distancing has given us plenty of opportunities for creative 'virtual' alternatives to traditional fundraising approaches.

Fundraising at a distance

Social distancing doesn't mean not being socially active. Not being able to get together with others so easily is a good opportunity to set new personal challenges, to stay fit and to try new activities in support of your charity. Here are 5 such fundraising ideas and check out our Base2Base gallery for some fantastic photos of our first virtual fundraising event!

Virtual fundraising events are becoming increasingly popular. Whether it's a sponsored head shave or a personal best running up and down your stairs, all you need is an idea and to set up your fundraising page. 

For keen runners and cyclists among you why not set yourself (or with a team), a virtual sponsored challenge? Select a distance to cover over a set number of days and you (or with your team) can set off from your own homes to complete the challenge.

You can use Strava to track and share your progress and Just Giving or Virgin Giving to raise sponsorship. You can even connect your Just Giving page to your Strava account, read the full instructions.

Create your virtual fundraising event

Or Fundraise using social media

Some easy at-home fundraising ideas

Set up a Game-a-thon: How quickly can you and your mates complete Zelda? Make and sell something to your community Organise a neighbourhood front-of-house tabletop or car boot sale Run a photography or pampered pets competition
Link your physical activity goals with Strava to your fundraising page Host a virtual wine-tasting, cocktail making evening or talk Compare or participate in an online talent show, quiz or festival Organise a treasure hunt in your local community

Launch your virtual fundraiser online

Did you know you can set up online fundraisers easily on Facebook and launch your own donations page on sites such as Just Giving or Virgin Giving so that others can show their support for your event too? Find out more about how to raise funds here.

Whether it's running a caption competition or a sponsored head shave, we'd love you to share your ideas for close-to-home fundraising! Message us using the events form with your idea!

We’re thinking of all our amazing supporters who haven’t been able to complete their traditional personal challenges or fundraising due to Covid-related postponement or cancellation. We wanted to say a huge thank you for your efforts to date and hope to help you fulfil them at a later date. In the meantime we look forward to hearing about your alternative fundraising activities. Don't forget to tag us on social media!