Five fundraising ideas this summer Summer officially ends on 23 September, that’s just over four weeks away. Before the dull and gloomy winter and rain set in again, lets enjoy the opportunity of what summer brings, being more active, productive, and feeling that ‘good feel’ factor by helping us raise some funds for our charity, Independent Lives. Here are five quick fundraising ideas that you could do this season: Challenge yourself Looking for an adventure or your next challenge? Why not step out of your comfort zone and register for a sponsored activity or challenge. May it be a 5k, 10k or a marathon, facing your fear of heights with a sky dive, why don’t you register for something you have always wanted to achieve whilst raising sponsorship money. We will support you along the way – You have got this! Summer clear-out There is no better time to have a clear out. With children returning to school, it is a great chance go through that overloaded toybox without them watching or to make space in your wardrobe for bulky winter clothes. Summer is a wonderful opportunity for online and in-person car boot sales to raise money. Create an event page on a neighbourhood site, such as Nextdoor, and invite your community to donate and/or buy items. If you wish to sell online there are a variety of platforms that you can use such as Ebay, Amazon Marketplace, Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace, and Shopify. Donate the cost We get it, Summer is a busy period and not everyone has time on their hands to organise a fundraiser. But you can still support us by sending us a one-off donation. You could ‘donate the cost’ which means donating the cost of something you might buy weekly, monthly or yearly. You could donate your daily takeaway coffee for a week, or your monthly fee for a membership such as a gym or a club. Or a yearly subscription cost of a magazine or activity pass. We would truly be grateful. Sign up to Amazon Smile AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon. It features the same products at the same prices as the standard Amazon site. The only difference is, when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the cost of all eligible products to your chosen charity. Visit the AmazonSmile website to get started. If you have already got an Amazon account, simply log in to your account and search Independent Lives in the ‘pick your own charity’ search bar on the right-hand side of the screen. Click to accept us as your chosen charity and you’re ready to start shopping. Getting others involved Maybe hold a public event like a BBQ or arrange a neighbourhood water fight, summer is nothing without a water fight, are we right? You could sell tickets for people to attend or sell food or items to raise funds. Arrange a community car wash asking for donations for a clean vehicle. You could organise something with your school, college or place of work, working together as a team to run an event or activity on our behalf. A dress down day, a sponsored silence or even a friendly bake-off competition, these are just a few fundraising ideas to get you started. Could you nominate us to your organisation or a business to become their ‘charity of the year’? Lots to think about! We need your support and without you, we would not be able to make an impact on others’ lives. Let’s be kind to each other and help each other to make this world a better place. Working together really does change lives. To get involved with fundraising for Independent Lives email [email protected] Help support us today Happy summer fundraising!