A-Z fundraising ideas for schools

There are many ways your school can help raise money for CLIC Sargent. We have created a helpful A-Z of interesting fundraising ideas to get you started, but we want you to be creative and support children and young people with cancer.

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Art with a heart - use pupils' artwork and turn it into fundraising products for parents to purchase

Perfect as gifts around Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

Art Attack – run an arty competition for pupils to create artwork based around a fun theme

After school party

Auction

B

Bring and buy sale

Book sale

Battle of the bands – Great fun for everyone. Ask older pupils to lead on organising the event

Bingo

BBQ

C

Cake sale

Carol singing – We can supply you with all the collection tins you need

Coin trail – ask every pupil to bring in spare change, lay them all out in a trail and see how far around the school you can get

Car wash – get the sponges out and get the whole school involved in washing parents’ cars. Perhaps best as a Summer term activity

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Disco – sell tickets and encourage your pupils to get their dancing shoes on

Design and sell items depending on the time of year – calendars, Christmas cards, Mother/Father’s day cards, or Easter cards are all great ideas

Donate goods – If your school is within five miles of a CLIC Sargent shop, ask pupils and parents to have a clear out for CLIC Sargent and donate the items for CLIC Sargent to sell in shops. Click here to find your local shop 

Disney day – a magical twist to your usual mufti day. Ask pupils to pay a set donation to dress up as their favorite Disney character for the day

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Easter egg hunt – Hide chocolate treats around the school and set hints and clues for pupils

Easter egg decorating – ask pupils to paint and decorate eggs for parents to purchase

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Fancy dress – ask all the pupils (and teachers too) to dress up as their favourite character for a day and pay £1 for the privilege

Fun day – take a few fun ideas from this list and run an all day event

Fête

Fashion show – This might be something your older pupils might like to run themselves (with your guidance of course)

Fun run

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Guess the number – this could be everything from buttons in a jar to ping pong balls in a bucket – charge 20p, 50p or £1 to enter depending on the prize

Games day – Let pupils bring in toys and games to play with on the last day of term and ask for a donation in return

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Halloween – party/fancy dress/quiz – anything ‘scary-themed’

Headshave – Get involved in CLIC Sargent’s Big Buzz event and change your look to change the lives of children and young people with cancer

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It’s A Knockout - embrace some 70s TV nostalgia and set up your own wet and wacky obstacle course

Indoor Games

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Jumble sale – Ask pupils to bring in one toy, book or item each and hold a jumble sale. You could also hold a cake sale at the same time to raise even more

Jokes – Ask each pupil to bring in their favourite joke and a £1 or £2 donation and hold a class or assembly dedicate to joke telling

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Kick! – CLIC Sargent’s fun football fundraiser for schools. Your school can even choose to keep 25% of the money you raise, while 75% goes to CLIC Sargent to help children and young people with cancer

Karaoke

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Lunch -  why not choose a theme with your class or invite a chef from a local restaurant to cook and the pupils make a set donation for this extra special scrumptious treat

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Mufti day – tried, tested, and loved by pupils everywhere! Ask pupils to pay a set donation (£1 or £2 each) to wear their own clothes to school

Magic show – Invite a magician to the school or ask budding magicians in your school to get together and hold a magic show

Music show/concert/practice – This could be an existing concert, asking musical pupils to play in a gig or getting sponsored to practice their musical instruments. If you hold this through Practice-a-thon then your school can choose to keep 25%

N

Non uniform day

Netball

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Olympics themed fun day – get excited about the Olympics all over again by holding your own version – you could even split pupils into teams and give them names of countries

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Practice-a-thon – CLIC Sargent’s music, singing and dance event. Schools have told us that teachers and pupils alike really enjoy Practice-a-thon, and as an added bonus your school can choose to keep 25% of the money you raise, while 75% goes to CLIC Sargent to help children and young people with cancer

Pantomime – whether this is a new thing for your school or you’re pantomime experts, hold it in support of CLIC Sargent and donate ticket sales or programme profits to help children and young people with cancer

Pyjama day – Ideal for nurseries and younger pupils but fun for everyone, ask pupils to come to school in their favourite pyjamas with a donation in hand

Promises 

Poets corner – run a writing competition for all of those budding poets in you school

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Quizzes - This works well run by teacher for pupils, by older pupils for younger classes, or even pupils setting quizzes for parents after school. Source prizes from local business and get quizzing

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Raffle – Exactly what it says on the tin – you could source prizes from local businesses and/or parents and sell tickets

Readathon - Readathon is a sponsored reading event run in primary and secondary schools across the UK, encouraging children to read for pleasure

Recycling – Donate your school’s used printer cartridges to CLIC Sargent, and for every cartridge successfully recycled and reused CLIC Sargent will receive £1. You could even ask parents to drop off their used cartridges at school and send on to CLIC Sargent when you’ve got a few

Rugby – Hold a collection at a match

Retiring collection – If you’re retiring and feeling generous you could request that a donation is made to CLIC Sargent in lieu of a leaving gift

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Sponsored -  Walk, swim, run, sing, dance, skip, or sit in a bath of beans -  and ask for sponsorship while doing so

Sports day – Tie in your fundraiser with an existing sports day to make it as easy as possible.
Sponsored silence – challenge pupils to stay quiet

Sponge throw! – Ask pupils to donate in return for getting to launch soapy sponges at you and your fellow teachers. Best done on a sunny day

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Talent contest – Do you have a pupil who thinks she’s the next Kylie, or thinks he should be in Diversity? Hold a talent contest for them to showcase their skills! You could make it TV show style by nominating judges to pick the winners

Treasure hunt – Put together a treasure hunt, split pupils into pairs or teams and let the detective work begin! Ask a local business to donate a prize for the winning pair/team, and set a suggested donation amount for entering

Textile banks – If your school is the hub of your community and has room to hold a textile bank, contact us about placing a textile bank on your grounds to collect clothes, bedding, paired shoes, towels or curtains that can be recycled to raise money for CLIC Sargent

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Uniform day for teachers

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Variety show – You know that your pupils are talented, so why not let them share that with the world? As part of the school day or after school with parents, this is a fun way to build pupils’ confidence while raising funds for CLIC Sargent

Volunteering

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Wig Wednesday – Don a colourful wig and make a donation in return

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X-Factor singing competition  

Xmas card recycling

Y

Yoga – get your pupils involved in a fun keep fit class

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Zzzzz  – Hold a sponsored sleepover at school. To make this event even bigger you could join up with other local schools and hold one big sleepover

Zumbathon

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