Red Nose Day is back in March 2017. If like us, you’re already excited about it and can’t wait to start raising money, we’ve put together some handy fundraising ideas to get your fundraising off to a flying start.

Whether it’s fundraising at home with friends and family, at school or at work, we’ve got ideas to suit you.


Bake sales are one of the most popular ways to raise money. Simply bake some of your favourite cakes, decide on a price, and watch the dough roll in.


Hold a quiz at work or the pub, with everyone paying to take part. Before you start, give teams the chance to double their points in one round for a fee.

Talent show

Sell tickets, set a fundraising target and judge who’s got the ‘wow’ factor by organising a talent show.

Do something epic

Swim the length of the Channel in your local pool, or cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End on an exercise bike. You could even do it as a team.

Face paint

Get everyone to pay a donation to come in to work with their face painted. It could be a drawn on ‘tache, a pirate’s patch or a full on zombie, it’s up to you.

Dress up or dress down

Ask workmates to make a donation to ditch their work gear for a dress-up or dress-down day. Why not have a theme like wearing red or pajamas for the day?

Sell a service

Whether it’s nail-painting, tea-making, car washing or any other hidden talent you have, sell it for Red Nose Day.

Bring and buy

Get friends or workmates to donate their goods and raise loads of money. You can keep bargain hunters happy with cake sale too!

Sponsored wax

Get sponsored to wax away your hairiest bits. You lose hair and gain cash for a good cause. It’s win win!

Fundraising checklist

Now that you’ve got your fundraising idea, the next thing to do is start planning your fundraising. We’ve put together a few handy tips to help you out.

1. Assemble a dream team
Fundraising is always a lot easier, and more of a laugh, in a group. Get friends or workmates in on the fun then set a nice big, fat fundraising target to get everyone motivated.

2. Who, what, when, where, why…
Plan the date, time and location of your fundraising in advance. How long will it take to set up? What do you need to bring? Do you need tickets? Also, keep in mind timings like elevenses or tea time if, for example, you’re planning a bake sale.

3. Spread the word
From posters and press releases to Facebook and Twitter, let everyone know about your fundraising activity.

4. What a difference the difference makes
Make sure everyone knows the kind of amazing difference their donation or sponsorship can make. You can find out where the money goes on our ­what we do page.

5. Pay in the cash you raise
You’ve done the hard work, so all that is left to do is pay in the fruits of your fantastic fundraising; the sooner you do, the sooner we can put it to work changing lives. Just go to

Lynn from South Lanarkshire did an abseil dressed as Madonna circa 1986 raising an incredible £215 for Red Nose Day.

£215 could staff and run a domestic violence helpline in Uganda for over three months, giving support and advice to women experiencing abuse.

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