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Festive fundraising: 12 ways to raise funds for your local children’s hospice this Christmas

Festive fundraising: 12 ways to raise funds for your local children’s hospice this Christmas

We have some fantastic ideas to get your creativity flowing and raise money for children living with a terminal illness, so they too can make happy memories, not just this Christmas, but all year around.

Here are our 12 Christmas fundraising ideas

Santa with presents
1. Secret Santa from our charity shops

Rather than buying expensive gifts for them to just be discarded when the excitement wears off, why not pitch in as a group for secret Santa? Set a price limit and ask people to buy a gift from a Helen & Douglas House charity shop. Just pick your lucky recipient, choose the perfect gift and they will get a fab present, whilst also helping us. If you really don’t like the gift you receive, then you can always donate it back to us. Find your nearest shop.

Christmas food

2. Naughty or nice nibbles

Are you organising a glittery get together with friends or a festive feast at work? Get everyone to bring something naughty, a home-baked cake and something nice, like cheese and crackers. Everyone brings some goodies, then for a donation they’ll have a chance to enjoy their favourite nibbles or treats. Everyone will leave with a full belly and feel good inside after helping a worthy cause. Download our poster to help promote the event.

Christmas present ideas

3. Money for honey from HRH

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, our Patron, has kindly donated the proceeds of her honey to us the year. The honey, produced on her estate in Wiltshire, is being sold in Fortnum & Mason Piccadilly and online. If you fancy a jar then you better be quick as there are just 500 jars available. Maybe this will inspire you to jar or even bottle something special yourself this Christmas, such as homemade jam, chutney or even sloe gin. If so, why not give it away in return for a donation to us? Buy yours now.


4. Jump at the challenge

Looking for an unusual gift this Christmas? Give the gift of a skydive to a friend this festive season, or if you are feeling adventurous then book it as present to yourself. It will be chance to fulfill a bucket list ambition, whilst raising money for Helen & Douglas House at the same time. We also have a range of other events available to those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground. 

Donate to Helen & Douglas House

5. Donate this December

If you want to help someone less fortunate than yourselves this year, then our Christmas Appeal is the ultimate way to help local children and families who come to Helen & Douglas House. Why not give a one-off donation in place of sending individual Christmas cards? Every donation will make a big difference to the children and families who visit us, all year round. Make a donation.

Christmas jumper

6. Wear a festive hat

Hold a tinsel-filled office party or Christmas themed gathering where you wear your favourite festive themed hat. Or maybe crazy Christmas jumpers are more your thing or even a full festive outfit? In return for a dressing up that day, ask everyone to make a donation to us. Download our Christmas Jumper Sweepstake.

You could even give a prize for the best outfit! Make a donation.

Amazon Smile

7. Help Santa with the shopping at Amazon Smile

Will you shop with Amazon over the festive period? If so, did you know that if you shop via Amazon Smile, then you can help to raise money for us by choosing Helen & Douglas House as your charity of choice. Amazon will then donate 0.5% of net purchase price to us, it is really is so easy!

Christmas Cards

8. Cracking Christmas cards

Our Christmas cards are now being stocked in our 31 charity shops across the Thames Valley and online. With a range of 16 designs, to suit all tastes and priced at just £3.50 for a pack of 10 (complete with envelopes), show your loved ones you care this Christmas, whilst supporting a good cause. See all the designs.

Chritmas Quiz

9. Merry quizmas

Get your thinking cap on and come up with a festive themed quiz, either for a work or social gathering. Ask entrants to pay a small amount to play, the winner will then win half the money, with the other half being donated to Helen & Douglas House? To make it even more special, why not ask everyone to bring drinks and snacks to share (see Naughty or nice nibbles).

Christmas Stocking Fillers

10. Search for stocking fillers

Struggling to find perfect presents for your child’s stocking without spending a fortune? A search in one of our charity shops will reveal some perfect stocking gifts, at a fraction of the cost of high street shops.
Find your nearest charity shop.

Santas on the Run

11. Santas on the Run

Looking for a Christmas family outing? Why not enter a team for Santas on the Run event on Sunday 9 December. This is a festive 3.5 k family fun run or walk is suitable for all ages. Sign up for Santas on the Run.

Christmas gift ideas

12. Wrapping service Party

Why not offer a gift wrapping service for an afternoon or hour at home, in your community or at work. For a small fee for each gift they can get presents beautifully and creatively wrapped! This means the hassle of Christmas wrapping is taken care of.