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. See 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 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 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

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 you are 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. As with donations made on Facebook, the funds donated via Instagram will come straight to the charity. 

Create your Facebook fundraiser

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. Don't forget to tag us on social media!