Doing your own fundraising
Thank you so much for your interest in fundraising for the Royal Free Charity. Thanks to people like you, we can help our hospitals go further, faster for patients and families, while also supporting our incredible NHS colleagues.
Whether you’re looking for ideas, materials and or tips, we’ve got everything you need to help make your fundraising a success.
Ideas and tips
If you like to get creative, why not organise your own event? See some of our most popular ideas below to get you started:
- quiz night
- afternoon tea
- sponsored walk
- sporting competition
- garden day
- games night
- bake sale
- music event/concert
- car boot sale
Some other things you can try
Tell your story – writing a story on your JustGiving page helps your supporters understand why you’re fundraising. You could raise 65% more if you do.
Share pictures – fundraisers with pictures or videos on their page raise 13% more per photo. This is a perfect excuse for a selfie!
Set a fundraising target – fundraisers with a target raise 17% more… so aim high!
Spread the word – share your page on social media and within your networks. Spread the positivity using the assets further below.
Emails – don’t forget about your contacts not on social media and include a link to your fundraising page in your email signature.
Fitness apps – link your fitness app (Strava, Withings etc) to your page. You could raise 111% more if your supporters can keep track of your training progress.
Emily is incredibly grateful to the staff at the Royal Free Hospital, having undergone a life-saving bone marrow transplant in 2013 due to a rare auto immune deficiency called GATA2. To say thank you, she took on the the TCS London Marathon to give back to the doctors and specialists who cared for her.
“I cannot begin to explain how amazing the Royal Free Hospital was with regard to my care. All the people who looked after me and the incredible man who donated his bone marrow were and still are my heroes! They’re all superhuman in my eyes and I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for them.”
Jon Kelly, his friends and family, completed the Surrey Half Marathon, smashing their fundraising target and raising over £3,000 for amyloidosis research.
Jon put the team together after his father, Richard, died.
“My dad was diagnosed at the National Amyloidosis Centre and myself and my family want to raise awareness about how the disease presents itself, so that others can get diagnosed earlier.
“It was such a great day, we had a blast! I’m saying that now, it was quite hard, but well worth it for all those lovely donations! I’m so proud of the epic team!”
Popular rail tour company UK Railtours raised £10,000 in memory of its founder John Farrow.
John’s family, led by son Simon and widow Claire, organised the fundraising event to thank Royal Free Hospital staff for the care and compassion they showed him when he was admitted to the hospital for bowel cancer surgery in late 2019. Sadly, John struggled with post-surgery complications and contracted COVID while in hospital. He died during the first national lockdown.
The John Farrow Salute memorial rail trip raised £10,000 in donations, raffle proceeds and ticket sales for the tour, making it the most successful one-day fundraising event in the company’s history.
Sign up for one of our fundraising events
Want to take part in an organised fundraising event, like the TCS London Marathon, Royal Parks Half or even the London to Brighton cycle? Or perhaps you prefer the social side of trekking with a group of friends for charity.
Or are you seeking the ultimate adrenaline rush – if so, perhaps the Skydive is for you?
Whatever you decide, visit our events page for details.Choose a challenge event
Please feel free to get in touch below if you what you need is not listed above. We would be more than happy to support you to make sure your fundraising is a success!
Online fundraising is the most easy and effective way to raise money. Here you can write your story, add photos and set yourself a target! All the money you raise on your page will come directly to us without you having to do a thing.
Pay in money
Depending on the type of event you wish to organise, it may make more sense to fundraise offline. You can use our pay money in form to transfer the funds raised when you are ready.