Take on a trek for Dementia UK

Summer fundraising

When you get together with friends and family this summer, why not combine it with a spot of fundraising?

Every £70 you raise could help fund a Helpline Admiral Nurse for two hours in the evening, helping carers in crisis, when other sources of support have closed for the night.

I went through a long period of finding difficulty in coping with my mother’s behaviour and my response to it – the Admiral Nurse who listened to me was patient and inspiring and honest.

Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline caller

Take on a trek:

Gather some friends or family, dig out your walking boots and join Team Dementia UK for a trekking challenge. Treks are a great activity to do with a friend or colleague, as Anna and Emma tell us in their blog about their trekking challenges. With a range of distances and locations to choose from, we’re sure we have an event to suit you, find yours here.

Do a street collection:

Collections are a fantastic way of raising money whilst also raising awareness of Dementia UK and our amazing specialist dementia Admiral Nurses. It can be a really fun day out for you and your friends, especially if you get creative with fancy dress outfits! Read our street collection guide, and make sure you plan in advance to give you enough time to apply for a licence (if it will take place on public land) or request permission (if it will take place of private property). Get in touch for any advice.

Head shave:

It’s getting hot out there, so get the clippers out and raise sponsorship to shed those lovely locks (or beard). Tell donors you’ll post pictures or a video online when you reach your fundraising target.

Nikki's charity Headshave for Dementia UK

I grew up with a beautifully close relationship to my wonderful grandma who sadly lost her life to dementia three years ago. Since then I’ve been wanting to raise money to help Dementia UK but I wasn’t sure what to do to fundraise. Earlier this year I decided to shave my hair off as I thought it would be a great opportunity to raise money for this brilliant organisation that needs as much help as possible.

– Nikki, who raised over £500 by shaving her head

Step Challenge:

Make the most of the light summer evenings and take on a step challenge. Set yourself a number of steps per day and ask for sponsorship to help you hit your target. Every step will help families facing dementia.

Hold a summer party:

Summer sporting events (like Wimbledon) are a great excuse to set up a big screen at home or at a local venue. Lay on a BBQ and games for the kids. Sell tickets and host a tombola or raffle on the day (download our guide to organising a raffle and sourcing prizes here). Check out some advice for providing food at charity events here first!

Do the neighbourhood chores:

Get out in your community and offer to do people’s chores in exchange for donations. Washing cars, dog walking and mowing lawns are all great summer jobs that could help you raise lots of money for our specialist dementia nurses.

Summer dress down day:

Ask your employer if you can introduce a summer dress down day at work. In return for wearing casual clothes, ask your colleagues to donate a couple of pounds to Dementia UK. You could turn it into a bigger event by asking people to come in wearing Hawaiian shirts or fancy dress and having a competition for the best outfit.

Charity sports match:

Get your friends together and organise a friendly sports tournament. Whether it is football, rounders, cricket or a sports day (three-legged race anyone?), you can charge people an entry fee and hold a BBQ afterwards to boost your fundraising. Check out some advice for providing food at charity events here first!

Summer fundraising ideas
Wendy White-Thompson and Spring Grove School hosted an Octogenarian Olympics, where 12 elderly and intrepid Olympians competed in different events with the help of the school’s Year 6 children. In addition, each school house was asked to organise a stall to raise funds; activities included a football shoot out, hook a duck and apple bobbing. Everyone had great fun and the day was rounded off with a relay with the over 80s and the school children.

Whatever you decide to do to fundraise, please get in touch so we can send you some fundraising materials and support you along the way. Email the team at fundraising@dementiauk.org or give us a call us on 020 8036 5440 – we’d love to hear from you!