What’s Your Next Charity Challenge?

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The past 18 months have been hard on the charity sector. The usual big fundraising events and charity challenges have all but disappeared.

But as we emerge (hopefully) from the pandemic, opportunities to take on charity challenges again are beginning to open up. In addition to this, all the inventive ways charities have had us fundraising at home over the past year are still available to us. So there really is no excuse not to set ourselves a little (or big!) charity challenge for 2021 and help support this vital sector, which has seen it’s income plummet during the Coronavirus crisis.

Whether you’re a hardcore adrenaline junkie, a master baker, or want to get fit whilst raising money; there’s a charity challenge perfect for you!

  • If you’ve struggled with having your wings clipped in 2020 and 2021 and are just desperate to travel and see some beautiful sights; why not check out Charitychallenge.com Get yourself signed up for a trek, a run, a paddle or even a ski in one of the UK’s beautiful National Parks or UNESCO World Heritage Sights.
  • If you’re less inclined to get off the sofa but still want to take on a huge charity challenge, then why not ‘Brave the Shave’ for Macmillan Cancer Research? So far this year, 3084 people in the UK have shaved their head for the charity, raising a whopping £773,464.
  • Got a gaming-addicted teen in your house and want them to do something for the greater good? You might find that their gaming is about to come in very handy! Since 2012 an incredible £75 million has been raised for charities on the online gaming platform Twitch. For more information on how you could turn your FIFA skills into megabucks for charity, check out the how-to guide supplied by Just Giving.
  • Lockdown meant that sporty fundraisers had to get very creative as marathons and sponsored swims were cancelled all over the world. We all know about the fabulous Captain Tom and his laps of the garden which ended up raising staggering £32.8 million for the NHS, but there were many more ordinary people who set us great examples. What about climbing the height of Mount Everest using only your stairs, taking on a virtual cycle challenge or pledging to do a certain amount of burpees in a month? As well as raising much needed money you’ll be improving your fitness too. Win win!
  • Think outside the box. It can be hard to ask for donations amongst a sea of other Great North Runners… I know, I’ve been there! And not all of us have the time to dedicate to a huge epic charity challenge. Sometimes something a bit wacky can really capture peoples imaginations and encourage them to get their hand in their pocket and donate. Think about the 11 year old Max Woosey whose sleeping in a tent (for a whole year!) raised more than £500,000 for the North Devon Hospice. Or South Shields grandad Stan Yanetta who turns his home into a stunning winter wonderland each year in exchange for donations to children’s charities. Whatever you choose to do, use your existing skillset! If you’re a master baker, a cupcake sale is an easy win, if you’re crafty, selling your creations in aid of a charity is a great way of raising money.

Most importantly, remember that whatever you do, you are doing a fabulous thing! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to reach theses headline-grabbing targets. Every little helps and charities are grateful for your effort and time, whatever the final amount raised turns out to be.

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