The current collective confinement and social distancing rules have obliged many traditional fundraising events to be put on hold for the time being, because many such activities involve the things we enjoy most, such as getting together with people, collaboration and close proximity - behaviours that are impossible during the current pandemic. 

But social distancing has given rise to plenty of opportunities for creative alternatives to traditional fundraising approaches. Here are a few ways to continue to make a valuable difference to those who need our support.

Devon Air Ambulance's Base2Base virtual challenge

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of Devon Air Ambulance’s first ever virtual event!

This is a virtual 40 mile Base2Base challenge for you to complete in up to 3 weeks, during 1-21 June 2020.

Complete 40 miles, the distance from our Exeter Airbase to our Eaglescott Airbase, either as part of your daily exercise, setting off from home, or you can complete the challenge at home.

You can run, walk, jog, row, cycle or space hopper your way to the finish. The choice is yours. (Dependant on the equipment you have at home for use).

More information and register

Fundraising at a distance

Social distancing doesn't mean not being socially active! Being at home is a good opportunity to set new personal challenges, to stay fit and to try new activities in support of your charity.

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 the more 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 using your allocated daily exercise slot you and your team members can individually set off from your own homes to complete the challenge. You can use Strava to track and share your progress and use Just Giving or Virgin Giving to raise sponsorship. You can now connect your Just Giving page to your Strava account, click here for full instructions.

Create your event

Fundraise using social media

Creating a Facebook fundraiser couldn't be easier and you don't have to wait for your birthday to do it! Funds donated come straight to the charity so there's nothing you need to do, other than to thank your donors, once the donations are made.

If your an Instagram user you can also add a donate button to your Instagram story. Simply select the Donation sticker and select Devon Air Ambulance as your chosen charity. Just like with donations made on Facebook, the funds donated via Instagram will come straight to the charity. 

Create your Facebook fundraiser

Turn pre-loved items into charitable funds

At the moment all the Devon Air Ambulance shops are closed until further notice in response to the Public Health England advice and the lockdown. Sadly that means we cannot accept donations for the meantime. But that doesn't mean your decluttering can't still help us!

Virgin Money Giving has partnered with online buyer Ziffit to give fundraisers and donors a quick and easy way to raise funds that won't cost the donor or fundraiser a penny.

Ziffit is a free web service that instantly values books, games, DVDs and CDs and generates cash quickly – which can be donated directly to a fundraisers page.

All you need to do is declutter your home

  • Enter the barcode on your item - book, dvd, game or CD
  • Complete the online trade and pack up your goods
  • Use the free courier service to pick up items
  • The value of your items will be donated to your Virgin Money Giving page

Read more about how to get set up

Win £250 for Devon Air Ambulance with Virgin Giving

Get involved in Virgin Money Giving's weekly charity fundraising boost. Every donation to your Virgin Money Giving fundraising page, each week from now until the end June gives you an entry into the weekly draw. One lucky winner will win a £250 donation to their page each week.

The more donations you receive, the more entries you get into the draw for the week, and the more chances you have of winning an extra £250 towards your fundraising target.

Visit here to set up your fundraising page

We’re thinking of all our amazing supporters who haven’t been able to complete their personal challenges or fundraising due to 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!