7 Easy ways to fundraise in 2022
Charities around the world have felt the impact of the pandemic, and everyone at MS-UK is excited to see the return of in-person events, such as the iconic London Marathon, a lovely new route for RideLondon and Swim Serpentine in Hyde Park. MS-UK appreciates every single fundraiser who takes on a challenge, hosts an event or makes a single donation because without you, our fundraisers, we wouldn’t be able to support people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) the way that we do.
There are so many ways that you can fundraise and do your bit to make a difference. Running 26 miles or jumping out of a plane isn’t for everyone, and that’s why we’re going to give you seven easy fundraising activities that you can do to help people living with MS live healthier and happier lives.
Get your bake on
Who doesn’t love a bit of cake? If you’re back in the office and could host your own bake off or cake sale, we know that baked goods unite everyone! Alternatively, why not host a coffee morning or afternoon tea in your home and gather friends, asking for a donation on arrival.
We love an excuse for a party and making it a fancy dress party guarantees a good laugh to be had by all! Set up a donations table with a QR code or a collection pot right by the snacks and drinks to encourage people to learn about multiple sclerosis and MS-UK.
Quiz masters, assemble
If you’re a huge fan of a quiz, get everyone together and host an in-person event or hold it via Zoom to get friends and family involved wherever they may be. Bring the community together in aid of MS-UK by speaking to your local pub and asking if they’d support MS-UK with their next pub quiz too!
Walk the walk
Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air with a walking challenge! Set yourself a fundraising target and distance to cover and enjoy new routes as you make your way to the finish line. As spring is just around the corner, get inspired by Lucy and Kate’s walking challenge here!
Join the club
MS-UK launched the Supporters’ Club in 2021 and we would love to have you join us! You can pick your monthly donation and you’ll receive quarterly updates of how your money makes a difference. It’s so easy to set up, simply fill out this form and you’ll be taken to set up your direct debit.
Declutter your life
Everyone has stuff they no longer use that gathers dust, and a boot sale in aid of MS-UK is a great way to support people affected by MS whilst getting some much-needed space in your home back! What’s more, you know that your items will be given a new lease of life rather than ending up in landfill.
A dinner party or your own ‘Come Dine with Me’ style week with friends is a fun way to enjoy delicious food, good company and raise money. If you’ve mastered a new recipe or you have a new cookbook that you’re desperate to make use of, now’s your time to shine!
How you make a difference
MS-UK is an independent charity and does not receive any government or pharmaceutical funding. We rely on fundraising and donations to provide support for anyone affected by MS. From our counselling service to our helpline and MS-UK Online, we provide national services to help people living MS to live healthier and happier lives.
As little as £5 can pay for a chair yoga session, £10 can provide an information pack and £50 can pay for a counselling session. Every penny that you raise goes to supporting people affected by MS, like Michelle. “I sought counselling with MS-UK was because I was suffering from anxiety and depression. I had lost my zest for life. I was feeling sad, crying all the time and not looking after myself”, says Michelle.
“I wanted to use a service that was completely independent and I found out that MS-UK offered telephone counselling, which I signed up to. I found the counselling sessions offered such a safe space where I was able to talk about how my anxiety and depression impacted my life.”
Michelle says, “I stopped isolating myself and started to go out of the house and became more active, even if it was just for a short walk to the park to get fresh air and connect with nature. I would say to some with MS and who is struggling to cope to please access the MS-UK Counselling service. There is no need to suffer in silence and feel alone, there is a saying ‘a problem aired is a problem shared’. Just pick up the phone and get the help you need.”
If you need more inspiration or ideas to get fundraising, make sure you check out our A-Z of Fundraising for top-notch ideas to support people affected by MS.