Catriona Taylor
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Catriona Taylor

Festive Fundraising

Catriona Taylor
Posted by
Catriona Taylor
12 Nov 2014

If you'd like to spread Christmas cheer and raise funds too, here's a few ideas on festive fundraising!

It's Catriona and Lauren here, from the North office of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. We've put our santa thinking hats on, and come up with a few Christmassy themed ideas to help with your Winter fundraising!

Christmas Collection

This time of year is a lovely one for collecting or bag packing, as shops are busy, people are full of Christmas spirit, and collecting in a santa hat can help make shoppers extra generous!

Swish in to the New Year

In with the new, out with the old! With your new Christmas clobber, why don't you hold a swishing party with your friends and swap your last season's clothes, or take the chance to exchange unwanted gifts - one person's trash is another person's treasure, you may just get your Christmas wish. Charge an entry fee for the event, with the money raised donated to the charity.

Alternatively, if you'd like to sell any unwanted gifts in the comfort of your on home, you can sell these online through eBay for Charity where you choose to donate between 10% and 100% of monies raised from items sold to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

Christmas Party

Be it in the office, at school or in your local community, why not throw a party with a difference - celebrate Christmas whilst also raising money to beat blood cancer.

Some ideas of ways to raise funds through your party include: 

  • Santa Hat competition - pay £1 to enter, decorating your own hat and the most creative wins!
  • Strike a pose! - Grab a polaroid, take a selfie or get together for a group photo, and donate to take your photo home
  • Secret Santa - rather than paying £5 for a gift, you could buy a virtual gift through a £5 donation. For example, donating £5 in someone's name could pay for DNA extraction from one sample of cells from a patient. This DNA can then be used, for example to try and find any particular code that may be important in the disease.

Our supporters hold a great range of seasonal fundraising activities, which you can get involved with too, or may inspire you to do your own. Check out our events listing here.

Our voluntary Branches and Fundraising Groups also hold activities over the festive season including the North Northumberland Fundraising Group selling their own cards designed by a local artist, the Chester Branch holding a Christmas Concert, and the Grimsby & District Branch holding a Shopping Extravaganza with lots of presents on offer. 

These are just a few suggestions, if you'd like any more ideas or if you have your own you'd like to share, please do comment below or get in touch with us at



Fantastic blog Catriona - lot's of really, really good fundraising tips in here. I really like the swishing idea and may well have to use the opportunity to get rid of all my dodgy Christmas jumpers!