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Suggested events

Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing – you may be able to come up with something even better!

Whatever you choose to do, we’re so grateful. Thank you for helping us to say ‘yes’ more often – and to bring more magic – to more local children with life-shortening conditions.
  • Yorkshire Day tea party – Yorkshire Day falls on 1 August. What better way to celebrate than by hosting a tea party in aid of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice? Get together for a cuppa and a scone (pronounced the right way, obviously) with colleagues, friends or family.
  • ‘Onesie Wednesday’ – Could your business, college, school or club host a Onesie Wednesday? A hilarious way to let your standards drop abominably, all in the name of a great cause. And you can’t get out of it by saying you ‘don’t have a onesie’ (as if) – wear your pyjamas, instead.
  • Bake sale – A classic fundraising opportunity for any group. Ask other people to get involved with the baking, and you could even incorporate a baking or decorating competition.
  • Coffee mornings – Drink coffee, eat cake, have a gossip, raise money… what’s not to love? Even cafés do it – loads of them hold a coffee morning every month to support our children’s hospice.
  • Raffles & tombolas – Everyone likes the chance to win something. You could do this at work or college, or at a school or business event. Local organisations can be approached to donate prizes, and an exciting first prize will attract more players. (If you’re planning a raffle, please contact us beforehand as there are a few legal regulations we’d need to run through with you first.)
  • Fashion shows – Maybe you’re a shop or business in the clothing trade, or a bunch of friends with an eye for fashion. Either way, fashion shows are hugely popular fundraising events. You could also look at charging local shops to take a stall at the show, or for your catwalk to feature their clothing, which all helps to boost your ticket sales.
  • Ladies’ lunch – Break out your fine china and get your friends together to enjoy a ladies' lunch. Consider bringing in a guest speaker to entertain your guests, or put on a live demonstration of something like flower-arranging, cooking, or even cocktail-making.
  • Swishing party – If you’ve never heard of these, it's not rude. Everyone brings at least one item of clothing to swap or sell, making a donation either to take part or for each item of clothing traded.
  • Sports challenges – Now there’s a better excuse for doing a bit of exercise. You could arrange all sorts of fitness-related fundraising challenges, from asking for donating to attend a pilates class to putting on charity matches, completing a challenge, or organising a spin-athon, zumba-thon or dance-athon.

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