Fundraising Ideas and Support

Looking for some inspiration? Read on!

When it comes to fundraising, go wild and use your imagination, and remember the greatest fuel is your passion. Many are inspired by our founder Harry’s amazing achievements and this has been testified to by all those who have run, swum, walked and rowed to help us raise donations.

It is always important to have fun and to do something you enjoy doing (and maybe even something you are good at!) Why not start with a personal goal or fulfilling a long-held wish, for yourself or maybe on behalf of a loved one?

Get social

Update and share your personal fundraising page on your socials every day and encourage your friends to get involved. This will ensure you reach a greater number of people.

Unity is strength

Try involving as many people in your fundraising campaign as possible; reach out to friends, family, co-workers or networking groups and take on the task as a team.


Speak to your employers or if you have a business, why not make us your preferred charity? They can feature us, or maybe match your personal contributions.

Stuck for activities?

Whether you fancy doing something simple and quick or maybe challenging yourself with something that takes longer to organise, here are a few suggestions that may stimulate your imagination.

Some are what our supporters have done in the past, including a few that are still on our own list, thrown in for good measure!


School/Office Raffle

Local organisations are usually happy to contribute prize donations in return for a publicity mention.

Office Swear Jar

Funds can soon mount up, believe us.

Bake Off!

Bring a tray of cakes into work/school and charge £1 for each – also works well on a Friday!



This is a good way to raise money and also help everyone stay fit including children and older people. You can collect pledges/donations for every mile that you walk.


From children to grandparents, joining an organised swimathon is a great way to do your bit and the training is fun, too! From a width to a mile and beyond, every penny counts.

Organise a Fair

Either start from scratch or suggest that funds are raised for your charity. Work with your community and set up music, food stalls, game stalls etc. You can also organise a special event such as a talent competition (very now!), which can be highlighted as the main attraction of the fair.

Organise a Fashion Show

If you are fashion minded, why not organise a fashion show? This is an exciting way to generate funds and have some fun. Book a venue (try to get this free!) get a stylist on-board then ask local stores and boutiques to participate in the event. Most would be up for showcasing their creations and apparel on a public platform.


Running a Race

From trail races (check out the TRA, Trail Running Association), marathons or half-marathons to 5K races there is a race that is made for you. Check out the Runners World website which lists races around the UK, and even has training plans to help you every step of the way.

Adrenaline Junky?

How about a parachute or bungee jump! If you have always wanted to jump out of a plane or off a bridge but needed the right excuse, here it is. Your friends will view you in a whole new way!

Other Ideas

Alternatively, you could train for a Triathlon, a coast-to-coast walk, rowing across the channel (some of our supporters have done this), or maybe hook up with an organised challenge.

If you need further support in selecting a fundraiser, why not get in touch? Our team is happy to chat through, sanity check and support your ideas!

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Fundraising as simple as shopping!

If you are looking for ways to support us, how about turning your on-line shopping into donations? Spendow collects donations from retailers whenever you purchase online.

Using Spendow is free; you don’t pay more and just spending as usual will help raise money; simply shop as you always do. You’ll also be able to see how much you make for us each time you shop!

Give with Spendow

Fundraising support

Why plan an adventure? Because who knows where it might lead! If there’s an adventure bubbling away inside of you, why not enrich the experience and turn it into a fundraising challenge?

If you think that may be too complicated or time consuming think again. If you plan on supporting the Melanoma Fund, we can in turn, support you, ensuring that your efforts are optimised and your goals are achieved.

Why support us?

We are a small but passionate melanoma dedicated charity that has raised over £600,000 over the last 17 years to help raise awareness and fund research to find a cure.

Over the last 30 years, rates of melanoma in the UK have risen faster than any of the current top ten cancers. Around 12,800 cases were diagnosed in 2010 in the UK; that’s around 35 people every day. By supporting us you will be helping us make a difference and every single penny helps.

Fundraising and media support

Once you’ve chosen your goal and got your idea on the road, we can also help you raise awareness of your endeavours, whatever they might be, and in turn optimise your donations.

Our CEO, Michelle Baker has over 25 years’ experience in PR/marketing and can help you set up a fundraising page, help share your news on our Twitter feed and Facebook page, (and show you how to on yours), help you promote your story to the local media and provide you with moral support whenever the going gets tough. If you want to do something, even if you don’t quite know what it is yet, contact us.

We’re happy to chat and can help bring out your adventure!

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