When signing up for the London Marathon, all I initially thought about was the physical commitment. The financial commitment didn’t really cross my mind. I didn’t anticipate that the fundraising would actually be a huge part of this challenge and at times it can be really tiring as well. Below are the fundraising things I have done so far and also what I still plan to do between now and the marathon. Hopefully if you are reading this and looking for fundraising inspo – this may help!
- Bake sales
Never underestimate the power of cake! I did a bake sale at work a month ago and was really surprised with how well it went down. If you work in a small team, then you could try organising one amongst friends and family.
A few colleagues offered to bake for me. We made over £100! As this was such a success I have planned another bake sale for next week which will be Bake Off/Halloween themed. Those who are baking are competing for the title of ‘Star Baker’ and will win a small prize. The Star Baker will be voted by everyone who purchases a cake. As the Bake Off final is the same day, its perfect timing!
2. Pub quiz
I did a pub quiz last month and so many friends and family members turned up. This was a joint event that I organised with my friend Fil, who is also running the London Marathon.
The pub quiz was on a Thursday night (almost all pubs will refuse to do this on a weekend without charging). The pub staff were very supportive on the night. They organised the Quiz Master, who gave up his evening in exchange for a few beers, the pub also helped out with other things such as decorating and selling the raffle tickets for us. On top of this they donated a couple of bottles to the raffle. Not all pubs will be as generous, I think we were very lucky.
The prize for the winning team was half of the kitty, however the Quiz Master asked the winning team if they wanted to donate their winnings back to the charity. The winning team was made up of family and friends, who were obviously happy to do this.
We also bought some chocolates and alcohol and ran a raffle on the night which was very popular. We split all the takings from the night between both charities.
3. Music gig
On 4th November my friend and I are holding a music gig. We contacted multiple bands and singers months ago and in the past few weeks a few have had better offers come up and dropped out, which is always a risk, luckily have now found replacement acts.
For ‘Music for Marathon’, I designed some leaflets and we have been handing them out around the town.
At the event we are also doing a few games like ‘guess how many sweets in the jar’ and we have put together a raffle with some great prizes. We contacted local businesses such as theatres, escape rooms, independent restaurants and shops and who came back and were very happy to offer us something. We did only hear back from about 5% of the people we contacted though – so be prepared for this if you decide to do something similar.
The event is being held at a music venue which is owned by a close friend, but most music venues will be happy to do something if you give them enough notice (3-4 months in advance).
4. Charity bootfair
A couple of months ago Fil and I did a charity bootfair. We sold things we no longer wanted and also put some posts on Facebook to see if any friends or family had anything they were happy to give away. We received many generous donations for this. On the day we decorated the stall with balloons our charities had sent us and also made some bunting and signs so people could see it was for charity. This went very well and we made £200.
Ahead of the bootfair we contacted the organisers and mentioned we would be doing it for charity. They allowed us to have the pitch for free.
5. Work sweepstake
Closer to the marathon I plan on running a sweepstake where people will pull from the hat a finishing time. Whoever gets the time closest to the time I finish will take half of the money raised, the rest will go to charity.
6. Social media
I am being careful not to bombard my social media followers with requests for charity, however every 1-2 months I am posting my link and usually I receive one or two donations from people. Most people will likely donate much closer to the event though.
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