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Schools fundraising ideas

Start Small

The Classics

  • Have a mufti day. This old favourite is always a winner. Just have students donate £2 to come in dressed in their own clothes/pajamas or even a onsie. You could always give it a Friendship Works twist and have them come dressed as their best friend or role model.
  • Have a sponsored silence. This is fun for the students and provides a welcome break for the teachers.

Ones for the Teachers

  • Do you have any famously beardy teachers? Collect sponsorship money for them to shave it off.
  • Sponge a teacher! Have students pay to get their own back for all that homework and throw wet sponges at the teachers.
  • Have a “guess the teacher by their baby/school photo” quiz. Dodgy old hairstyles and baby outfits always get a laugh.

Easy Lunchtime Activities

  • Have students collect small change to make a “penny picture” of their friends by creating an outline of them on the floor with coins. This is always fun and the donated coins can really add up.
  • Cake sales are always popular. This is a failsafe fundraising option particularly in schools. You could even set up competing tables to see who can sell the most.
  • Why not have a talent competition or karaoke during lunch? You can charge an entry fee and have students battle it out for the title.
  • Arrange a book swap. Students bring in all their old books and sell them to each other for £1-£3 donations to the charity.

Special Events

If you’re having a Sports Day why not have a Friendship Works themed race? Charge a small entry fee and have pairs compete in any one of these fun paired events:

  • Three-legged race. This one is a great way to get friends working together.
  • Wheelbarrow race. Always a funny one to watch and an old favourite.
  • Blindfold race. Have participants get into pairs and blindfold one. Their partner has to direct them through an obstacle course using just their voice.

If you want to go all out and have a whole event such as a Sports Day or Fete in aid of Friendship Works we have loads more ideas of how to help.

Evening Events

If you are feeling a bit more adventurous you could put on an evening event on for parents and guardians. Just charge an entry fee to one of these events and you’d be surprised how much you can raise:

  • Quiz nights are always popular. We can provide you with some questions about Friendship Works to include to get people thinking about the charity
  • If your school is bursting with talent why not host a Battle of the Bands. Have students perform to their friends and family. The ones with the most claps are the winners.
  • Bingo nights can be a real hit with the parents and they’re easy to host.
  • Have some of your older students arrange a fashion show. This is always popular with teenagers. Have them invite their friends and the donations will come rolling in.

This is just a starting point for your fundraising. Don’t feel that you have to stick to our list; be as imaginative as possible and come up with your own ideas. We are here to support you every step of the way no matter what you decide to plan.

To find out more about fundraising for Friendship Works at your school get in touch by emailing Lindsay.Roche@family-action.org.uk or call us on 020 7254 6251.