Fundraising ideas and inspiration

Want to fundraise for Parkinson's UK but not sure what to do? Here's an A to Z of ideas and inspiration to get you on your way.

Need some inspiration? Not sure what to do? Don't worry, we've got you covered. From abseiling to zumba, you'll find something to suit you.

Take a look at our list of inspiring ideas, find what you'd like to do and then get started with a fundraising pack.

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Host an afternoon tea for friends, family or work colleagues to enjoy an afternoon of refreshments. Invite people using our invitations. See if you can finally end the debate of how to pronounce scone!

Bring people together and hold an auction! Why not ask local businesses to donate items? Or do you have any collectables you've been meaning to clear out?

Calling all thrill seekers! Sign up to one of our organised abseils.

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Host your own bake off showstopper challenge. Gather in the kitchen or share your pictures and vote for the winner. Challenge could be Parkinson’s UK themed. Download your cake toppers, get set, “bake”!

Perfect for family, friends and work colleagues, why not host a bingo evening.  You could theme your bingo event. Who will shout “full house!” first? 🖥️

Host a secondhand book sale. Ask friends and work colleagues to donate their books and sell these on for a suggested donation.

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Coffee and cake morning. Host at home or virtually with your friends and make an online donation.  Have you seen our selection of downloadable tools to help make your event look fabulous! 🖥️

Are you a keen cyclist? Fancy taking on your own cycling challenge? Ask your family and friends to support you and set up a JustGiving page.

Popcorn anyone? Host your own cinema night. Hold it in a school hall, workplace, outside or in the comfort of your own home. Charge an admission fee or sell snacks. 🖥️

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Donate to Parkinson’s UK. Help fund our critical services and pioneering research. 🖥️

If Strictly is more your thing, why not host a disco or dance off? Host at home or in a venue and dance the night away whilst raising vital funds for Parkinson’s UK. Decorate your venue of choice with our resources.

Bullseye! Organise a darts competition and charge an entry fee. Make it fun by setting challenges.

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Do your exercise challenge at home, challenge friends and family and set up a JustGiving page. 🖥️

Host an Easter get-together with family and friends. Entertain children with an Easter egg hunt or celebrate the Easter weekend by hosting a party!

Sell your things on eBay! Ask for donations from friends and family. Choose Parkinson’s UK as your chosen charity to support. 🖥️

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Fill a sweetie tube or jar with coins to donate.

Fancy dress is a great way to raise money and have fun! Pick a theme and ask everyone to make a donation for taking part.

Bring friends and family together for a football tournament! Create a poster and recruit team members in your workplace or share on social media.

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Have a game show night. Host mock versions of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Stars in Their Eyes or The Weakest Link. Online or in person. 🖥️

Open your garden to friends and family for an entrance fee or have a garden party.

Partner with a local golf club and hold a charity golf day. Plan your day with our Par for Parkinson's pack.

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Have a hair-raiser! Style it, cut it, grow it, shave it, colour it. Go wild, post your photos on your JustGiving page and ask for sponsorship.

Donate an hour of your pay to Parkinson's UK and encourage your team to do the same.

Hop for Parkinson’s! Set up a competition and see who can hop, skip or jump for the longest.

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Give In Celebration of a special occasion. Celebrate your special day by asking your friends and family to donate to Parkinson's UK.

It’s a Knockout! Get teams together for silly games in silly costumes.

Hold a themed international day. Decorate the office or your home with national flags, serve national dishes and test your geographical knowledge with a national themed quiz.

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Make your own jewellery and sell to friends and family. Donate the proceeds to Parkinson’s UK.

Jailbreak. Teams start in the middle of nowhere with no money or transport. See who gets back first. Charge entry fees.

Join the community Facebook page for Parkinson’s UK. 🖥️

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Get sponsored to do a keepie uppie challenge or marathon.

Invite your friends for a night of karaoke and organise your own version of Pop Idol.

Knit and natter and host with family and friends, in person or online. Perhaps share a knitting pattern you can all do together and then sell the work or perhaps knit some themed items. 🖥️

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Lands End to John O'Groats. Plan your challenge either in person or virtually and cover the full 874 miles on foot or by bike. Get in touch with our fundraising team. 🖥️

Line of coins. See how long a line you can make by asking people to donate their coins. Great to get kids involved.

Lunch and learn for Parkinson’s UK. Learn a new skill. Tai Chi, floristry, photography or ballroom dancing. It’s up to you! All who attend pay a donation to Parkinson’s UK. 🖥️

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Stream your live music for the world to see and ask for donations. Find out how to live stream here. 🖥️

Match giving is a great way to boost your donations. Ask your employer if there is a scheme at your place of work.

Mighty marathon! Whether it’s a swim, run, walk or cycle, take on your own marathon and help raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s UK.

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Enjoy a big night in and donate what your night out would have cost to Parkinson’s UK.

Non-uniform day. Can you arrange a non-uniform day for Parkinson’s UK? Share our sponsorship form and donate £1 to leave your uniform at home for the day.

Name the…! Great idea for schools and in the workplace!

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Organise your own walk. Decide on a date, location and length with friends and family.  Perhaps end with a picnic to create a great day out.

Only drink water for 10 days and donate the cost of the drinks you are quitting.

Old clothes sale. Have a clearout and sell your old clothes for Parkinson’s UK.

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Pamper for Parkinson’s. Ask for donations for your beauty tips online and share photos/videos. 🖥️

It's party time! Dinner, garden or tea, you choose! Bring everyone together and decorate your space with Parkinson’s UK goodies.

Play games and Power Up for Parkinson's. Play solo or team up with your friends. Find game streaming information and inspiration. 🖥️

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Quit a word for the day. Choose a word that you are not allowed to say for the day and each time you say it put it in your donation box.

Quiz night. Host a quiz night for Parkinson’s UK either in person or online. 🖥️

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Recycle. Recycle your old belongings to support us.

Run. Set yourself a running challenge.

Reading. Have a sponsored readathon or set up a book club, online or in person. 🖥️

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Shop at Amazon Smile. Choose Parkinson’s Disease Society as your chosen charity and we get a donation every time you order. 🖥️

Whether you are guessing the number of burpees in an hour or how long it will take to run a race, download our sweepstake template to help boost your fundraising.

From a traditional sponsored silence to something more daring like eating the most cream crackers! Download our sponsorship form and don’t forget the Gift Aid!

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Set up a treasure hunt in your home or down the local park and ask for donations for friends and family to take part.

A great idea either on the school playground or in the office, set up a tuck shop full of treats for your supporters to enjoy. Download our cake toppers to make your yummy treats really stand out.

Tombola. Run a raffle with fun prizes to be won. Keep it legal and get the most from your fundraising experience.

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Unplug for the day or even longer? Ask your friends to sponsor you for the length of time you can go without tech!

Find some items that you can upcycle and sell on eBay choosing Parkinson’s UK as your chosen charity to support. 🖥️

Download our Quiz Pack and host your own version of University Challenge!

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See who can grow the biggest vegetable! This is a great idea for schools or community groups to get involved with fundraising.

Ask your local village fete organisers if you could have a stall to help raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s Uk. Lots of free downloads available for you to use.

Stay connected and host a virtual fundraising event in the comfort of your own home. 🖥️

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Walking challenge. How quickly can you climb the height of Mount Olympus (equivalent to 3,830 steps)? Or why not organise your own walk with friends and family?

Think of something truly unique and attempt to break a world record!

Weddings are a great time to get together with friends and family. Ask for a donation in lieu of gifts or offer a Parkinson’s UK wedding favour to your guests.

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Host an Xmas party in person or virtually with friends or colleagues. Instead of gifts, give a donation.

Host an Xbox tournament. We have all of the information you need to get playing and streaming.

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Host a yoga session with friends and ask for a donation.

Year long challenge. Choose a special day to start your challenge and use your social media pages to let everyone know what you are up to!

Yes day. Kids make the rules! Either get sponsored or donate to pass!

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Host a zumbathon session with friends and donate your usual class fee.

Take a deep breath and sign up for one of our zipwire events. Go on, set yourself the challenge!

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