A-Z of fundraising ideas!

There are many ways in which you can raise money to help us support families in Essex with children and young people who have special needs and disabilities. You can do anything, whether it’s something that is easier to organise or something a little more demanding. These events are often a lot of fun and very rewarding.

We hope this page gives you the inspiration to do something amazing and organise an event of your own to raise vital funds for SNAP!



Antiques fair

Arts or crafts stall/exhibition/fair



Balls (Valentine’s, Easter, Summer and Christmas/New Year or themed?)

Bad hair/tie day

Bag packing at local Supermarket

Baked beans bath

Barbecue Barn Dance

Bike rides

Bingo evening – everyone loves bingo – set an evening aside and call out those numbers.

Book sale

Bouncy castle

Bring and buy sale


Cabarets/talent shows

Car boot sale

Car washing (in schools grounds/fire stations)

Charity of the Year in your school/workplace

Christmas cards

City Marathon

Classroom collections

Coffee Morning / Cakes Sales

Come dine with me – set up a series of dinner parties with your friends and collect the proceeds.


Computer games knockout – organise a competition, best if played in pairs


Cook books – writing a class or school cookbook that can then be sold

Cookery contest (e.g. Ready Steady Cook – could be the teachers!)


Dance marathon

Dinner dance/ball


Donkey Derby

Dodgeball competition

Dragon boat race

Dress Down Day

Dry Cornflakes/Cream Cracker-eating contest


Easter Eggs hunt


Face painting

Fairs, fetes, bazaars, etc

Fancy dress party/day

Fashion show (with clothes made by pupils or donated by local shops)

Film show/premiere

Fireworks party (adults to organise)

Flower/fruit/vegetable show/sale/display/stall

Food Competition

Football tournament


Game shows (e.g. Stars In Their Eyes, Wheel of Fortune, Blockbusters, Blind Date etc)

Gigs (local bands play in school or clubs)

Give up your favourite alcoholic drink for a month (this will also help your training!) and see how much you raise.

Golf day


Halloween party

Hot-dog/burger stand at fetes or fairs


Judo competition or display (adults to organise)

Jumble sale

Jelly Bath


Karaoke competition/display (adults to organise)

Karate display/competition

Sponsored Kick/Punch

Kickboxing display/competition


Line dancing


Marathon events – table tennis, aerobics, line dancing, badminton, etc (in shift teams)

Midnight film shows/parties/etc

Murder Mystery evening/weekend


New Year’s Eve dance/party

No work day, students choose what they want to do


Old-time music hall


Pamper party – invite the girls over, have the mudpacks, nail polish and wine ready

Pancake day race/competition

Parties – school birthday/anniversary

Penalty shoot-out competition

Photographic competitions


Quiz Nights




Rapping contest, show or sponsored event

Running events


Santa’s grotto

School fair

Silly games afternoons: egg & spoon, silly races, wet sponge throwing, etc

Sponsored events

Sports contests, teachers vs students (no PE teachers allowed!)

Stalls at fairs etc (e.g. cakes, plants, books)

Strawberry and cream tea party

Student-teacher swap day


Swear-box – place a box near you or dot them around the office and your home. Pop some silver in every time someone slips up.

Sweepstake for football league or reality TV show – place bets on who will win the latest reality show or sports league.


Tea party

Teddy bears’ picnic

Theme days/evenings (e.g. countries – French, Spanish; soap operas, past-eras etc)

Throwing wet sponges at a person/teacher/manager in stocks, great at a summer fair!


Top of the Pops show, teachers or students miming and dancing to chart music

Treasure hunt

Tuck shop


Uniform days (for schools without a uniform and/or for teachers)

University challenge


Variety show


Who’s that baby? (students and staff bring in photos of themselves as babies)


Xmas fair/panto/party


Yacht race

Yo Yo competition – whose the best in the School or even sadder at work

Young Enterprise Scheme run by students, donate part of profits (e.g. making and selling cards)

SNAP couldn’t continue its valuable work without the active involvement of the local community and the support from generous people who help to raise funds and help spread awareness of our good work.

Download our Fundraising Guide

For more inspiration and information on our charity. Alternatively, get in touch with SNAP’s Fundraising Team on 01277 245345 or email [email protected]

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Here are four easy ways you can help make the difference to SNAP families right now


Bring your family and friends
to one of SNAP’s social events

200+ Club

Your good deed could
win you a cash prize too

Collection pots

Could you display a pot somewhere in the local area?

SNAP piggy banks

Give a pig a home
and fill with coins

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