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It's easy to get your workplace involved in National Robin Day! Here are some ideas to get you started: 


  • Sweepstake -  Run a sweepstake in the office on how many times your colleague leaves their desk during the day or how many times your boss gets a cup of coffee. Charge for entry with the nearest guess winning a prize. A simple, yet effective way to raise money!

  • Office Lottery - Run this fundraiser as a weekly event and watch the charity kitty build up. You need people to enter by paying for a set lottery number. Every week the numbers are drawn out of a hat. If their number gets picked out of the hat they win half the pot of money and the charity gets the other half. If you have 20 people involved at £1 each that’s a £10 prize and £10 for charity - do this every week the money soon adds up. You could also increase the number of entrants if you work in a large workplace.

  • Swear Box - Stick a swear box in the office to raise money for charity. Every time someone swears they have to put a £1 in the box, it will soon add up!

  • Eco fines - Pop an eco-box in the office and raise even more. Every time someone forgets to turn the light out or tv off, or leaves a tap dripping they have to put £1 on the box.  Good for funds, even better for the environment!

  • Donate an hour's wages - A quick and easy fundraiser, which can be done while you're at work! Simply donate an hour of your wages to SBS's National Robin Day Appeal

  • Sign up for Payroll Giving - a flexible scheme which allows anyone who pays UK income tax to give regularly and on a tax free basis to the charities and good causes of their choice. Payroll Giving donations are deducted before tax so each £1.00 you give will only cost you 80p, and if you're a higher rate tax payer it will only cost you 60p

  • Charity Auction - This fundraiser that can raise lots of money for your chosen charity. The key to a successful charity auction is having a great selection of products. Speak to local businesses to see if they are willing to donate in return for free advertising at the event.

  • Dress Down Day - Ideal for places with strict dress codes such as offices and schools. People donate in return for wearing casual clothing.

  • Bad Dress Day - Encourage people to come to work or school in awful clothes. Think sparkly 80s jump suits or Hawaiian shirts. Charge those who take part £1.00 and those who don't pay a fine of £2.00

  • Lunch Money - A simple, yet effective way to raise funds for your chosen cause. Ask your work colleagues to bring in a packed lunch for the day and donate the money they would have spent on their lunch to charity.

  • Book Sales - Dig out your old books and have a book sale at work. You could even ask friends and family to donate books to the cause.  

  • Sky Dive, Bungee Jump or Abseil - Raise money by launching yourself out a plane at 15,000 feet! Or take the plunge with a bungee jump or Abseil. There are lots of places that run activities like these and they will love to help you raise money for charity.  Ensure you plan in advance so that you raise enough money to cover the cost of the jump and still raise money from lots of sponsorship.

  • Office Mini Olympics Challenge - Get everyone at your work involved in this fun filled fundraiser. Think up some fun competitions such as chair-racing or who can punch the most holes in a sheet of A4 paper in a minute. You can charge participants an entry fee with the winners receiving prizes

  • Football Tournament - Organise a charity football match or tournament. Encourage people to make up teams from their workplace, school or college. Charge local teams an entry fee to take part. You could also charge participants a fee for watching. Present the winning team with a shield turning this fun and exciting fundraiser into an annual event.

  • Golf Match - Organise a charity golf match. Entice a golf club to provide a discount or host the event free in return for free advertisement on all the promotional material associated with the event. You can charge each player a fee to enter the tournament with the winner received a prize or trophy. If it's a success you can easily turn the charity golf match into an annual event.

  • Raffles - A great way to raise money. If you can get businesses to donate prizes even better; you could offer them sponsorship acknowledgement? Much like the lottery, raffles interest people as they have a chance of winning and if they don't win their money is going to a good cause.

  • Cake Sale - Bake some cakes and set up a cake and bake sale at your home/work place or school. You could also serve hot and cold drinks to increase revenue. Remember to cook a wide selection of different cakes to cater for all tastes.

  • Beat the goalie - Have a go game where people pay to join in. Have a prize for the person who scores the most goals.

  • Sweet Sale - Use the power of the sweet tooth to raise funds. Set up a sweet shop at your school or workplace. This fundraiser has minimal overheads and requires little planning. It is also worth speaking to local shops to see if they will donate some sweets for the cause.

  • Recycling  - There are numerous companies that will pay for recycled goods. Put up some posters at your work place advertising for people's rubbish. You will receive money for broken phones, old ink cartridges and scrap gold to name but a few. Click here for companies we already work with. 

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