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.

A Sue Ryder runner during the Leeds Half Marathon

During these uncertain times and with the day to day restrictions placed on all of us due to the coronavirus pandemic, fundraising has become a lot more challenging for everyone. With our fundraising events and shops being so adversely affected, we anticipate a significant longer term impact on our fundraising and trading income for the remainder of this financial year.

The dedicated support of our fundraisers means so much to us and allows us to continue providing the specialist palliative, neurological and bereavement care to people during the most difficult times of their lives. Your efforts, creativity and the crucial funding this helps generate, mean that we can still be there when it matters, even during these unprecedented times.

Thank you so much for your generous support and remember to set up your JustGiving page to help you collect donations on your fundraising adventure.

Below, you'll find both our safe fundraising guidelines and top ten fundraising ideas, for fundraising inspiration to fire up your imagination during COVID-19. You can view or download them both as a PDF.

Our 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
  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 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.
Gill at the Leckhampton Foodie Fundraiser with a plate of dumplings
“I thought: 'Why not combine my cookery skills and raise funds for my local hospice?'”

Ten top 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. Host a BBQ: Use the opportunity to have people in your garden this summer (in line with government guidelines) and host a BBQ in return for donations.
  5. Use your creative skills: From bird boxes to bunting, making masks to musical performances...sing, sew, craft and create - using the hobbies you enjoy to help you fundraise. 
  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. Set up a birthday fundraiser: 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. Run a 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. Get baking: If you’re 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.

Fundraising poster

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

Remember that you can also give directly to Sue Ryder by donating at

If you would like to fundraise for your local centre, you can find your local fundraising team’s contact details below:

Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice
T: 0118 955 0434

Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice
T: 01242 246 285

Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice
T: 01535 640 430

Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire
T: 01491 641 384 ext. 276

Sue Ryder St John's Hospice
T: 01767 642 412

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice
T: 01733 225 999

Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice
T: 0113 203 3302

Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Lancashire
T: 07974 262419

Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Dee View Court
T: 07974 262419