Thank you for thinking about raising money to support Rare Disease UK’s work. There is no science to fundraising – anyone can do it and there are endless ways of raising money. It just takes a little imagination, enthusiasm and determination!
Here are few suggestions of ways you can fundraise for Rare Disease UK:
Get active and get your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours to sponsor you. Sponsored walks, runs, swims, bike rides, sky dives, abseils, firewalking and countless other challenge events take place all over the UK and participants are usually welcome to raise funds for a charity. A list of useful websites can be found below or if need help finding an event to suit you, get in touch.
Remember for some of the more popular events (e.g The London Marathon) you will need to apply well in advance.
Non-uniform and dress-down days at school or work.
Sponsored diets, head shaves, beard growing.
Babysitting, lawn-mowing, car cleaning.
Bag packing at your local supermarket.
Unwanted gift/clothes sales, car boot sales, e-bay sales.
You can also make a collection for Rare Disease UK, including as part of an event you have already organised. Different collections have different rules associated with them and you should consider whether you need to obtain a licence. If you do need to obtain a charity collection licence, make sure you allow plenty of time. The time it takes to process applications varies greatly in different local authorities. Types of collections include on the street, in privately owned shops/businesses and house-to-house collections.
If you don’t feel like organising an event yourself you could always encourage your company to Support Rare Disease UK
Big and small companies often like to support charities, especially ones that have a personal connection to one of their employees. Ask if your company:
Would make a donation
Would match-fund your fundraising activities – Some employers will support fundraising activities undertaken by their staff to support charities and will match £1 for every £1 that you raise.
Has a “Charity of the Year” – Does your organisation operate a Charity of the Year scheme? If they do, please tell us how Rare Disease UK could be put forward for selection by emailing us.
Raise money whilst you shop online or recycle
Genetic Alliance UK, the registered charity that runs Rare Disease UK, is signed up with three online shopping clubs. Once you have registered shopping clubs are a really easy way to raise money to support Rare Disease UK.