So, the summer holidays have finally arrived – even though the sun hasn’t. If you’re stuck for things to do to keep the children entertained, why not try one of these fundraising ideas? They will keep your little ones busy whilst teaching them new skills and raising money for a good cause.
1. Host a movie night
Choose a couple of summer movie classics, grab some popcorn, rustle up some blankets and settle them down to an evening in front of the big screen. You can sell tickets and charge money for drinks and snacks. Have a collection jar for ‘talking during the movie’ penalties. If it’s warm and dry enough, you could even set it up outside.
2. Have a sleep-out
If you’re lucky enough to have a big garden, you could host a night under the stars. They can ask friends and family for sponsorship to spend an evening sleeping out. Set up tents, or even better, provide materials for them to construct their own camps. They can build a campfire, toast marshmallows, drink mugs of hot chocolate and tell each other spooky stories into the night. This is a great way to raise money and awareness for homelessness.
3. Set up a carwash
Put together a car cleaning kit and get them polishing and shining. Obviously only stick to your close neighbours, and accompany them if necessary. They could drop leaflets offering the service throughout the summer holidays. You never know, it might bring out the entrepreneur in them.
4. Organise a scavenger hunt
This one might take a bit of time and effort, but it is great fun to do and will get them out-and-about and learning something about their local area. Work out your route and put together some clues for them to solve in teams. Charge for entry and you could finish it with a tea party to raise even more funds.
5. Hold a table-top sale
Is your garage full of unwanted gadgets, old toys, books and junk? Your rubbish could be somebody else’s treasure. Pop up a pasting table and see what you can sell. You could bake some cakes and make some lemonade too to make some extra cash.
For more inspiration and information about fundraising for CENS, head to our Fundraising page on the website here.