Fundraising ideas

Whether this is your first time or you’re a seasoned fundraiser, everyone needs a little inspiration to get started. From bake sales and film nights to fun runs and sponsored silences, there are lots of creative ways to raise money to help end domestic abuse.

Feminist movie night

Find a great venue (or do it at home), choose your favourite films and charge a £5 donation at the door. Thelma and Louise anyone?


Donate your plate

With a group of friends or colleagues, take it in turn to host a dinner party, with guests scoring the parties to crown the dinner party champion! Each guest makes a donation to Women’s Aid equal to the amount they would pay for a meal out.

We’ve got great recipe ideas from Michelin starred chef Tom Aikens, Meera Sodha and Madeleine Shaw to get you started.

Cake sale

Bake sale

A bake sale is a classic way to make money and is always a winner! Whether at home, school or work – baking is a great way to fundraising success.

Maybe set up a Bake Off style challenge and get everyone involved. Choose a date, choose your categories and then advertise it!

3 peaks challenge team

Take on a virtual challenge

You could climb the 8,848m of Everest, using the stairs or a climbing wall. Divide the challenge by 10 people with each person climbing the equivalent of 884.8m. 

Ask people to sponsor your efforts and watch your total mount up – just like those metres. Set up a JustGiving page so people can donate and the money, including any Gift Aid, automatically gets sent to us.

Hanging clothes

Rags to riches

Sell your unwanted clothes or items on e-Bay, or at a car boot sale, and use the money earned to boost your fundraising target.  You can also sell your old books on Amazon too.

You will be surprised at the sorts of things that people are willing to buy! Check out our ideas to help you get selling.


Charity football match

Bring a competitive element into your fundraising by organising a charity football match or 5-a-side tournament. Each team pays to enter, with extra forfeits for anyone who’s given a red or yellow card.

Spectators can join in the fun by holding a sweepstake to predict the winning team.


Go purple for the day

Add a purple theme to your fundraising by organising a dress-down day at work/college with everyone donating £1-2 to wear purple.

Purple is the internationally recognised colour to raise awareness of domestic violence and abuse. You could even get sponsored to dye your hair purple!

Other ways to fundraise

As a student you are in a brilliant position to fundraise with so many accessible platforms and like -minded people around you. Not only is it a great way to meet people, it also looks fab on your CV! Find out more here.

To request a University Pack and chat about how we can work together, email us on [email protected] or call 0117 983 7132.

This is such an easy and effective way to raise vital funds for Women’s Aid.

Organise an event, ask your employer to match your donation, put a fundraising ask on your work intranet – these are all great ways to help strengthen our movement.

Fundraising support

Whether you do a skydive, a bake sale or a swimathon, every pound you raise will help more women escape abuse. We’re always on hand to help you – from fundraising tips to resources.

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Tips and resources

If you’re a first time fundraiser or an experienced supporter, you can find useful advice on how to get fundraising.

Contact us

If you are thinking about fundraising for Women’s Aid, we’re always on hand to  help. Contact our dedicated Fundraising Team by calling 0117 983 7132 or by dropping us an email

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