Are you thinking about raising money to support adults and children in crisis but aren’t too sure where to start? Get inspired with our A-Z guide of fundraising ideas and get ready to make a difference.

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From a sponsored silence to sky diving, there are plenty of activities that truly put the ‘fun’ in fundraising and will get you on your way to helping those in crisis to recover.

It was a truly amazing feeling to be able to conquer my own fears whilst raising money for such a worthy cause.  To see what a difference the money we raised made directly to the children in our refuges made the whole experience so worthwhile.”

Our Volunteering and Partnerships Manager Clare took to the sky for a sky dive in 2018, raising a whopping £3000 for the mums and their children living in our domestic abuse refuges.

We jumped 3 years ago it is still one of the best memories I will always hold on to!


A: Afternoon Tea. Cake, friends, and raising money for a great cause? Count us in!

B: Bike Ride. Our CEO Patrick Ryan cycled across Vietnam in 2017 to support the children in our domestic abuse refuges – more on that here

C: Cake Sale. Quick and easy – host a cake sale at your workplace or in your community.

D: Dress Down Day. Organise a dress down day at your school or workplace. How about taking it one step further? Fancy dress!

E: Eurovision Party. It's everyone's favourite guilty pleasure, and it's a great opportunity to raise some funds. 

F: Frock Swap. Revamp your wardrobe and raise money in the process! Left over clothing can be donated to the families across our services.

G: Give It Up. Be sponsored to give up something you love – fast food or alcohol, for example.

H: Half Marathon. Up for a big challenge? The Half Marathon could be for you. Check out the upcoming one here.

I: Indulge! Get some pals together and host a pamper evening.

J: Jumble Sale. Host a jumble sale at work or in your local community.

K: Karaoke! Video Killed The Radio Star? Take On Me? Whatever your go-to karaoke song is, use it to raise some vital funds at home or at a local venue.

L: Lunch. Save your colleagues the hassle of popping out for a sandwich by making a big batch of soup, stew or curry and selling portions at work.

M: Marathon. If you’re thinking of giving the ultimate commitment, why not try a marathon? Check out our upcoming challenge events here

N: Nightrider. Take in London’s iconic sights by night – and by bike! More about this one here.

O: Office Bake Off. For those with a competitive side and a Mary Berry streak in them. Pay to take part and then sell the cakes!

P: Parachute Jump. Be like Clare – spiral through the skies for a great cause. Drop our team an email if you’re looking to do this one.

Q: Quiz night. Everyone’s favourite team-building activity. Why not host a special one for charity?

R: Rough Runner. Ever wanted to be on Total Wipeout? This one is for you. Sign up here.

S: Santa In The City. A hilarious 5K run around London, dressed as Santa. Go on, get into the festive spirit and sign up here.

T: Triathlon. Soak up London’s sights with a run, cycle and swim. Can you take on the triple threat? Sign up here.

U: University RAG Week challenge. When is your university’s RAG (Raise and Give) week? It’s an ideal opportunity to get fundraising for Hestia.

V: Variety Show. Hold a variety show with all of your infinitely talented friends and family members. It’s a big one to organise, we think it’s one of the most fun!

W: Walk. Fundraising doesn’t have to be time or resource consuming. A simple sponsored walk (or run) is just perfect.

X: Xmas fundraising – get your colleagues into the festive spirit with some delightfully tacky festive jumpers.

Y: You’ve Got Talent! Competitions, gigs and fashion shows are a great way of engaging friends, family and others.

Z: Zumbathon. Whether you do a sponsored Zumba class or a 24 hour Zumbathon, it’s all about keeping fit and fundraising at the same time.

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