Quick and easy sponsored event ideas
Sponsored fundraisers can be relatively easy to
organise because there's no need to recruit volunteers, you're not
dependent on getting parents and families to attend, and half the
work is done once you've handed out a sponsorship
It's important to hold sponsored events at the right time -
laying the groundwork for the fundraiser before a half-term break
gives pupils time to collect sponsors over the holidays, as well as
completing the task, if necessary. Always set a clear deadline by
which pupils need to return their entries.
editable sponsorhip form
our editable Gift Aid sponsorhip form
Tying events into the curriculum means you're sure to get the
support of parents and teachers alike. You'd be surprised at the
links you can find!
Challenge pupils to see how many items they can fit into a
matchbox. Use blank matchboxes from Baker Ross (£10.95 for 90) so
they're all the same size. Give one to each child, with a
sponsorship form and a letter explaining what to do. Be sure to
include clear rules (you don't want any toenail clippings!). Download templates here.
Consider how long pupils need to stay quiet for, making
sure the length of the silence is achievable and relevant to
the age group concerned. Fifteen minutes is good for younger
children, but secondary school pupils should be able to manage a
whole day - just make sure you provide plenty of paper so they can
still communicate with their teachers and each other.
Make the activity accessible by encouraging children to read in
a way that suits them, whether that's independently, aloud, with an
adult or online. Pupils are sponsored for either the number of
minutes or occasions for which they read over a set amount of
Jump Rope for Heart
Five to 13-year-olds can take part in the British Heart Foundation's Jump Rope for Heart
skipping challenge. Sign up for free, and receive teaching
resources, skipping ropes and access to the online hub. Any funds
raised are then split between the British Heart Foundation (80%)
and your school (20%).
Lay out a path of LEGO bricks - around half a metre wide by two
metres long - and place gym mats along each side in case of any
slips. LEGO walkers can be sponsored to take on the ultimate
challenge: to walk over the bricks. Younger children taking
part might want to keep their socks on to protect their
A sponsored swim is a brilliant way for students to practise
their lengths. Adapt the sponsorship accordingly, for example per
metre for younger children and per length for older. Consider
encouraging the students to complete the challenge in teams for
added enjoyment - and rivalry! Approach your local sports centre
and see if you can negotiate a discount, or even free use.
Walk or run
A sponsored walk or run is a fantastic way to promote exercise
and bring your local community together. If making a day of it,
boost profits with refreshments stalls and add fun with some fancy
dress or by turning it into a colour run.
Ask teachers to prepare a spelling test for their class.
Children can practise the words and seek sponsorship, e.g. 10p for
every correct word, and are then tested when they return from the
holidays. Award prizes to the top fundraisers in each class, year
or key stage.
Word in a word
Give every child a sponsorship form and asked them to find as
many words as they can within your school name. Give prizes for the
most words, the longest word, the most unusual word and the best
See if your pupils (and their families!) can give up chocolate
and/or sweet treats for a whole month - or longer. Consider running
this during Lent.
Ask pupils to seek sponsorship to achieve their fastest shot at
goal, allowing three turns each. Obtain a speed-radar machine to
record the speed of each shot - local sports clubs may allow you to
hire or borrow one. Give people an incentive to take part by having
a range of prizes up for grabs, and award prizes to the pupils with
the fastest shot and most sponsorship money raised.
Tips and advice
- Using an online platform to collect donations means you don't
have to worry about keeping track of cash.
- Claim Gift Aid and raise an extra 25p for every £1 donated. Use
JustGiving's online platform and they take care of this for
- Let people know what you're raising money for. People will
always be more willing to donate when they know the difference
their donation will make.
- Contact local community groups such as Lions Clubs
International as they often organise events, such as sponsored
swims, into which not-for-profit organisations can enter a
Visit pta.co.uk/sponsored-events for more
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