All About: Fundraising for Charity

At Monkey Wellbeing, we’re fortunate enough to meet lots of individuals involved in healthcare, education and charity. In today’s article, we discuss the importance of fundraising for charity and how you can get involved.

Following on from the successful Great Birmingham Run in October and the Great North Run in September, you might have been inspired to dust off those running shoes and try a race or two.  Perhaps a long distance cycling journey, such as the popular London to Paris bike ride, has caught your eye, or maybe you fancy organising a bake off. As we head into winter, there’s never been a better time to start planning your big goals for 2016 and while considering what you’d like to achieve, why not think about fundraising for charity as part of the journey?

In the UK, numerous charities offer spots at running events. For over-subscribed races, such as the London Marathon and the Great North Run, fundraising for a charity will not only help secure you a spot in the race, but you’ll also be raising money for a good cause.  If there’s a specific cause or condition that’s close to your heart, you can also find a charity which you have a great affinity with and help raise funds for them.
With so many charities offering places in events, it can be tricky to know what events to aim for. However, charities such as Young Epilepsy offer several fundraising opportunities, for walkers, cake bakers and runners alike. We spoke to the charity about the different events Young Epilepsy fundraisers have taken part in this year. The charity told us:

“At Young Epilepsy we have supporters who have jumped out of aeroplanes, cycled 100 miles, and run 26miles. Some people decide to wear purple, organise a purple bake off or a purple spin class, and share their purple selfies for Purple Day in March. We even had a supporter in Portsmouth who had the Spinnaker Tower lit up purple. Some of our youngest supporters, aged 5, have been scooting to raise funds, and our bravest have climbed Kilimanjaro!”

Purple Walk Young Epilepsy Event

One of the biggest fundraising events Young Epilepsy offers is the Purple Walk in May. If you don’t fancy committing to a long distance run or cycle, then the walk is a perfect way to support a good cause. As the charity explains, “it’s a great sociable atmosphere all along the walk. This is because lots of families who have a child with epilepsy come to join in. Epilepsy is an unpredictable condition, it can be distressing and often it’s hidden. Children and young people, parents and grandparents, love to meet each other for solidarity, sharing their experiences.”

If the events discussed by Young Epilepsy have inspired you, then you can find out how to take part over on their website.

Roald Dahl CharityAnother organisation that offers a wide-range of events is Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which “helps seriously ill children brave the unknown.” They want to see a world in which every child can have a marvellous childhood, no matter how rare or serious their illness and they focus upon supporting children and young people with rare, undiagnosed or low profile conditions up to their 21st birthday. There are currently 51 Roald Dahl Children’s Nurses across the UK. The Marvellous Family Grants provide grants up to £500 that make a difference to children and their families enjoying their lives together, whether special therapy, days out or respite care. The charity also funds research and special projects.

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity offers places at the World Half Marathon in Cardiff and the Brighton Marathon. You can also take part in any sporting or challenge activity by booking your own place and raising funds for the charity. And of course you can organise your own fundraising event, encourage your school to take part in their Dahlicious Dress Up Day or involve your company in fundraising. To find out more about the fundraising opportunities available, please visit their fundraising and events pages.

It can feel overwhelming with so many fundraising opportunities on offer, especially if this will be your first race or big sporting event. However, Young Epilepsy has some great advice if you’re on the fence about signing up. The charity says:

Go for it! The first time you do something is always the hardest. But it’s a great opportunity to learn about yourself, about your favourite charity, and about fundraising. Always call the charity and ask for advice and tips, they want you to win in every way. Tell as many people as you can what you are doing and why, and you’ll be surprised by how many people are interested. Our supporters are often amazed by their fundraising success and this makes them so happy.

Monkey Wellbeing would like to thank Young Epilepsy for contributing to our article. For more information on Young Epilepsy visit www.youngepilepsy.org.uk. Find out more about Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity by visiting www.roalddahl.com/charity.