Top fundraising tips during COVID-19

Our top tips and ideas for your fundraising during the coronavirus pandemic, allowing you to help us raise vital funds in a safe, secure way for both yourself and those around you.

Two Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice supporters with a donation bucket

If you would like to fundraise during this challenging time, but aren’t sure how to do it during restrictions or are stuck for what to do for your event, we have some safe fundraising guidelines and ideas to help get you started.

Sue Ryder supports people through the most difficult times of their lives. Whether that’s a terminal illness, the loss of a loved one or a neurological condition, fundraising by our supporters allows us to continue to be there when it really matters.

Tips for safe fundraising during COVID-19

Top 10 fundraising ideas

  1. Online Auction: Ask for donations from business, friends and family and set up an online auction using social media.  People can browse the lots and place bids from the comfort of their own homes.  Place a deadline on bids and use a fundraising page for people to pay for their winning lots.  
  2. Doorstep sale: Had a house clear out or been using lockdown to sort out the children’s toys? Set up a bric-a-brac outside your home in return for donations. 
  3. Raffle: From pamper hampers, weekends away and nights in with your favourite takeaway and drinks provided, the choices for prizes are endless.  You could ask people to donate prizes or put them together yourself as your own contribution. 
  4. Go virtual: Why not hold a virtual club night, open mic event or quiz and charge a donation for tickets?
  5. Use your skills: From bird boxes to bunting, making masks to musical performances.  Sing, sew, craft and create - using the hobbies you enjoy to help!
  6. Isolation imagination: Set your own challenge! Climb the equivalent of Everest using your staircase, complete a marathon in the backyard...the possibilities are endless!
  7. Birthday: Celebrating a birthday in lockdown? Ask for donations to Sue Ryder instead of presents and use your celebrations to help others when it matters most.
  8. Sweepstake: With sporting fixtures returning to our screens, hold a sweepstake with a prize for the winners and the rest being donated to Sue Ryder, or use something as simple as a football scratch card for an easy fundraiser.
  9. Bake: If you’re a whizz in the kitchen, put your talents to good use.  Ask friends, family or neighbours for a donation in return for making their favourite cakes, bakes or box of treats!
  10. Online classes: Are you waiting until the gyms open or your favourite fitness class restarts? Organise an online workout or class and invite your fellow fitness fanatics to join in too by making a donation.

Remember to set up your JustGiving page to help you collect donations on your fundraising adventure.

Please ensure you have checked and are following all current government guidelines for your local area when carrying out your fundraising activity. These Sue Ryder Guidelines are to be followed in addition to government regulations.

If you are planning a fundraising activity where you may come into contact with people outside of your household please ensure you follow the current government guidelines on social distancing and the local restrictions in your area.

Safe fundraising guidelines

  1. If you are planning a fundraising activity where you may come into contact with people outside of your household please ensure you follow the current government guidelines on social distancing.
  2. We do not recommend that you collect cash donations from your supporters and instead use online payment or donation methods.
  3. Please be sensitive to the anxieties of others during these unprecedented times.
  4. If you are considering taking on a fundraising challenge or activity please take all relevant safety precautions and we strongly advise you carry out only low risk events and activities. High risk activities, for example an open water swim, may require emergency services support should you get into any difficulties, taking their attention away from supporting the current crisis. For more information on health and safety guidelines please visit hse.gov.uk
  5. If you’re holding a raffle, remember to charge a standard price for the ticket and draw the winner on the same day. For anything more complicated or if you are holding a raffle over a longer period of time, you’ll need to get more information from your local council’s licensing department.
  6. We encourage you where possible to promote your fundraising activity through digital platforms, and please speak to your local fundraising team who can advise you on this
  7. Please display Sue Ryder’s charity number where appropriate and we can provide you with an authorisation letter to prove that you are fundraising for us.
  8. We encourage you to donate your fundraising money through our website by visiting sueryder.org/donate or you can call 01242 474879 to donate by card. If you are encouraging people to sponsor you we strongly recommend you set up an online fundraising page to collect your donations. When you set up your page please select ‘Sue Ryder’ as your chosen charity and if you have a particular hospice or care centre that you would like to support please state this on your fundraising page. If you would like to make your donation by bank transfer or by cheque please contact your local fundraising team who will be able to share the relevant details with you.
  9. Please protect yourself from fraud and carry out necessary checks before making any donations or payments online or over the phone.
  10. From brownies to banquets, if you're selling or making food, it's also important to follow the relevant food safety guidance.  Visit the Food Standards Agency for more information.

Fundraising poster

You can also download and use our Sue Ryder supporter's poster to help get your fundraising adventure started!

Fundraising for Sue Ryder

With the cancellations of fundraising events and closure of our shops during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to find safe ways to raise money and support our expert palliative, neurological and bereavement care.

Coronavirus means people are needing Sue Ryder’s care more now than ever and the demand for our care is expected to increase. With your help and kind support, we can continue to provide more care for more people, even through these difficult times.

If you would like to fundraise for your local hospice, you can get in touch with your local fundraising team here:

Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice

Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice

Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire

Sue Ryder St John's Hospice

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice

Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice

Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Lancashire

Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Dee View Court