'Mothers' Ruined Again' had a clearout and raised money too "We also had some semi-permanent schemes going on - we had a shelf of second-hand books in our local pub on sale at 50p a piece which had raised over £100 for really no work. Three of us made batches of chutneys, jams and marmalade to sell from the beginning of the year. Someone else made cakes and took them into work to sell, which was very popular. By July I bet we will
have made £500 just doing these things."
Top tip: Ask friends to donate second-hand books, clothes and films to your cause.
Hold a curry night
Jon Paul Tom & Olly' cooked up a storm
"Given we are all very busy people, we decided the best strategy was to focus on one big fundraising event, rather than lots of smaller initiatives. We decided on a big Curry and Quiz Night and got this in everyone's diary well in advance.
We booked our Village Hall and set about asking everyone to buy their tickets beforehand by donating openly online rather than with cash. We suggested £8 per person, but everyone has given more than this, encouraged no doubt by a little peer pressure on the online Giving page! The overall response has been amazing with a complete sell-out of our 120 tickets and nearly £2000 raised in this way. Our donors get something back for their money, a night of entertainment and a meal - so everyone wins."
Top tip: Add an 'Epic' twist to your curry evening - ramp up the chillies and see who can handle the heat!
Have a quiz
'The Pie Assassins' and 'The Yorkshire Snails' put on a raffle
"We found you needed a more creative element to your fundraising, to plan things that people who aren't friends or family want to get involved in. So we organised a big raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses. Lots did generously donate prizes- we rang the local cinema for free tickets, the hotels for a free night in. We even got our venue free. Then we got sold tickets in the office. Plus we did the draw for the raffle at a quiz night we held, so we sold more tickets there too. I'd say teams just have to get in there and go for it."
Top tip: Past teams have had a lot of success with help from local businesses for fundraising events, for kit and even publicising their challenge.