Organise your own event

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There are lots of fun and easy ways you can raise money to support Restless Development. Have a look below for some fundraising ideas and inspiration. However you choose to do it, we'll be here to support you every step of the way.

Fundraising ideas

Something foody
Hold a bake sale, organise a dinner party or have a film night and charge for popcorn.

Something talented?
Run a charity club night, host your own X Factor night or a talent show.

Something playful?
Organise a pub quiz, play bingo or host a fancy dress party.

Something less?
Less stuff? Organise a swap shop or flog your unwanted items on eBay. Less talking? How about a sponsored silence. Less change in the bottom of your bag? Save your coins or organise a bucket collection.

Our Fundraising Toolkit is, it has lots of other fundraising ideas, as well as all the practical information you might need.

Ready to get started?

Fundraising events are a great way to raise money and have a good time – take a look at our top tips to help you get started.

1. Organise a fundraising event that you will enjoy     

We all find it easier to do tasks we enjoy. If you have a hobby it can easily be incorporated into your event. Do you bake? Why not have a bake sale at work or school, or you could have a vintage tea party. Do you play in a band or sing in a choir? You could hold a charity music gig. Whether you'd like to do something adventurous, quirky, sporty or social, you'll find inspiration in our fundraising pack.

2. Plan ahead

The better prepared you are, the more smoothly your event will run, helping you to raise even more money. There’s lots to think about – date, location, budget, fundraising targets – but we are here to help every step of the way. Make an action plan and budget … and stick to it!

3. Get a little help from your friends

Try and get lots of help from friends, family, work, social clubs, church groups… They can help you brainstorm, motivate you, double your contacts and help promote your event.

4. Create an online sponsorship page

The easiest way to start fundraising is to set up an online sponsorship page. Go to www.justgiving.com/restlessdevelopment to set up your page and send it to everyone you know. Make sure you personalise your page with pictures and a story about why you are supporting Restless Development.

4. Tell everyone!

Once the details are decided, it’s time to tell everyone you know what you're doing to promote your fundraiser. Write a personalised email to everyone you know asking for support on your event. Make sure you explain why you are undertaking this challenge and why you need their support. If you are on Facebook or Twitter, don’t forget to keep reminding people to sponsor you.

If you’re doing something exciting, why not tell your local or regional press too?

We have a simple press release template that you can fill in and send to your local newspapers or radio shows. Let us know if you need a hand!

Please get in touch if you’re interested in raising money to support our work with young people around the world.

To get started please email our Events Coordinator, Polly, at polly@restlessdevelopment.org