We all understand the importance of social distancing. Of protecting ourselves, our loved ones and our community by helping reduce the spread of the coronavirus. But we are social creatures and staying apart is really, really hard. In fact, social isolation is bad for your mental health and wellbeing.
It’s also really bad for fundraising! The pandemic has unsurprisingly had a big impact on our ability to raise the funds we need, but we’re not giving up. We want to overcome the downsides of our current situation by finding ways to bring people together online and by launching our events and challenges for 2021. Let's get involved and make a difference together - for fun, for friendship and for fundraising!
How can I help?
Our ask is really simple. If you are running a free online event – be it a dance class, history lesson, or networking event, could you do it in exchange for an optional donation to Forget Me Not? Or maybe you usually do charge for a class that you currently can’t run in person – maybe the first session could come to us?
If you, or anyone you know could help us in this way, or you’d like to run an event but aren’t sure where to start, just get in touch and our fundraisers would be happy to help!
2021 events and challenges
Looking for more of a challenge? To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Russell House in 2021 - we're celebrating with a full calendar of events and challenges for you to enjoy! Look out for the launch of a brand new event where we challenge you to take on a firewalk, and the very welcome return of our hugely popular Colour Run! See our full list of events and challenges below.
12 October 2022 09:00
Make connections and share ideas!
Free to join for our 99er business club members and visitors, this networking event is a dedicated hour bringing together local businesses to make valuable connections, share ideas and help each other.
Sign up via Eventbrite and join via zoom for free! Each attendee will have the opportunity to talk about their business for 60-seconds, will have time to strengthen connections in breakout rooms and hear from guest speakers on an array of business-related topics. Places are limited to 30 attendees per session.
Meetings take place via Zoom on Wednesdays on a fortnightly-basis. Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org for information about the next one!
Find out more about our 99er Business Club.
Sign up now.
What kind of virtual fundraising could I do?
There’s load of ways you could fundraise virtually for us. Here’s some of our ideas, but we’d love to hear yours!
Virtual dance class - From Ballroom to Zumba, set up a live stream a get people dancing in their living room!
Virtual quiz - If you’ve ever fancied being a quiz master, why not run your own one online! There’re loads of platforms you could use or you could simply live stream one to your friends and family for a night of friendly competition!
Virtual workout - Keep your pilates, yoga or aerobics class going with live streaming!
Virtual classroom - With the kids at home, parents are looking to online tutors so that the kids can keep learning. So whether it’s PE, history or something completely different to the normal classroom, you could raise vital funds through your online classes!
Host a webinar - If you’re at home instead of the office, why not skill share through a webinar?
Music class - Guitar maestro? Whatever instrument you play, why not offer a music lesson online?
How do I raise money?
It’s easy! When asking for donations you could do it through our online donation page, through Facebook fundraising, or you could set up a JustGiving page. If you need any help you can email us here.
Virtual fundraising directory
Raising money for us through a virtual event? Let us know and we'll add it here!
Forget Me Not's virtual Around the World Treasure Hunt activity
Pesky Pirates have stolen the five Olympic Rings and hidden them around the world! We’ve located their treasure map but need you to help us find the rings. Download our Around The World Treasure Hunt below and enjoy this fantastic and engaging activity from the comfort of your own home. Download it here
- and if enjoy it, please consider a suggested donation of just £3. Donate here.
Forget Me Not's"Get me out of here!" challenge
Go head to head with others over the course of this monthly challenge, as we set you weekly bushtucker trials to complete. Can you stomach all the trials? And who will raise the most money? Take part from your office or from home! Find out more here.
Easter Bunny Adventure
Looking for a fun activity this Easter? Join the Easter Bunny live from your home to learn bunny skills, dance along to the Easter Bunny Hop and solve the riddles to find the clues in a special Easter Treasure Hunt!
Great for 2-10 year olds, this one hour event is guaranteed to get your little ones active and excited for Easter.
Bunny ears and egg treats are highly recommended!
Find out more and sign up now.