Here at the NKF we offer a great deal of events to choose from, but if none of these take your fancy and you still want to raise money for the NKF why not have a cake sale, car boot sale, golf day, pub quiz - whatever you decide you will get full support from our fundraising team with sponsor forms,       t-shirts and ideas.

If you want to organise your own event to raise money for NKF, 

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Ten key stages to your event

  1  Decide on the type of event.

  2  Set a date – making sure it doesn’t clash with any other big events. Allow plenty of time to get organised.

  3  Work out a budget – make sure this covers everything.

  4  Find a location for your event

  5  Write a checklist of all the things you will need. Consider any permits that might be required (depending on the type of event).

  6  Do a safety assessment. Will you need insurance?

  7  Work out a publicity plan – how are you going to promote your event?

  8  Delegating will make it easier. Share tasks out with your friends or colleagues.

  9 Enjoy yourself.

 10 Thank you. Please don’t forget to send us your money raised by cheque payable to National Kidney Federation as soon after your event as possible. No cash should be sent

 If you would like a fundraising pack that includes sponsorship forms, fundraising materials or just advice or ideas on fundraising, please contact Pete Revell on 01263 722287 or 07721 924833 or e-mail him at [email protected]


Take a look at the list below for some fun fundraising ideas, or perhaps you have your own ideas!

Antiques roadshow - find experts to donate their time. Charge for entrance and valuations. Maybe link with an Antiques Fair and charge stall holders for their pitches.

Artwork sale or auction - of friends work or that of local artists. Any picture, however bad or good looks more attractive in a mount so get them mounted and wrapped in a protective cover.

Auction of promises - people offer goods or services to be auctioned (eg cleaning a car, chauffeur for the day, decorating room, haircut etc.) Make sure you advertise well in advance and get an auctioneer with a loud voice.

Angling competition - participants pay to enter. Prizes for the biggest fish caught, most fish caught and a booby prize for the most unusual item caught.


Aerobics marathon
Athletic Event
American Football match
Alcohol (sponsor giving up for a set period of time)

Babysitting - donate your earning to us

BBQ - held in your garden. Ask guests to pay an entrance fee, then provide them with food and drink for free.

Barn dance - find a real barn if possible and hire a good band. Recruit a caller who knows all the dances and can instruct those with two left feet. Charge for admission and refreshments. Make sure you sell enough tickets before the night, not just on the door.

Bed pushing marathon - different teams are sponsored. Choose a high profile route, eg through the town centre on a Saturday morning. Please note, you will need permission from your local council.

Bike rides - you name the distance and the route. Don't forget safety precautions and your helmet..

Book sales - get all your friends and relatives to clear out their book shelves and donate the books to you to sell.

Bridge evening - The entrance fee could include a light supper or nibbles and a glass of wine.

Burns Night - get your local Scottish residents to help catch the haggis!

Baby walk (mums and dads toddle babies over a set route, could be combined with a picnic or best dressed baby contest afterwards)
Bake a cake
Balloon Race
Beard shaving
Beauty show
Bicycle ride
Blind Auction 
Bonfire Night
Bowling competition


Cake bake - invite your neighbours round or do this at work. Bake a few cakes and sell each slice for a £1.

Carol singing - entice people along with the promise of mince pies and sherry.

Car washing – get some volunteers to wash, maybe in a pub or school car park and charge £3 a car or just ask for a donation

Children's fun day - parents pay for children to take part. Arrange entertainment, face painting, races etc.

Cinema screening - could your local cinema be persuaded to do a preview for the Society? Increase the price ticket by £1 - £2. Have a display in the foyer.

Concerts - ticket selling and publicity are vital. Many bands, orchestras and choirs are often on the lookout for opportunities to perform for good causes and in good venues, on an expenses-only basis.

Car boot sale
Carol singing
Cheese and wine party
Chocoholics (give up chocolate for a set period of time and get sponsored)
Cricket Match
Coin collection
Classical music concert
Children's party
Cream teas
Clay pigeon shoot

Cycle rides

Dances - organise a disco, ceilidh, ballroom, salsa or 70's night. You need a venue, band/ DJ and a drinks licence (if you are selling alcohol.)

Darts match - charge an entry fee, have a raffle and refreshments. Make it fun - ladies versus, left handed throws only etc.

Dog walking - get your neighbours to pay you. Dancethon 
Drawing competition
Dinner dance
Dress up/dress down day

Exhibition - get local arts and crafts groups (wood turners, jewellery or nick nack makers, painters etc) to hold an exhibition of their work. Ask for an admission fee and ask exhibitors to pay a fee for their pitch.

Expert talk - use an expert or well-known personality prepared to donate their time. Charge admission, have a break to sell refreshments and auction their latest book, invention or autograph.

eBay - register yourself on or another auction site and auction off your old, unwanted items. You're likely to raise more money than you would from a car boot sale and have fun watching the items go up in price at the same time!

Easter Egg Hunt

Fancy dress days - pay to wear fancy dress or dress down to work or school and fine those that don't make the effort. Non-uniform days at school are always popular. In the office have crazy tie, bad hat or yellow and blue only days. April Fools Day is ideal for this.

Festivals - of craft, drama or flowers. You'll need a team of volunteers to design and create displays. Sell programmes, refreshments and organise stall sales.

Fetes - celebrities will help draw in crowds. But there's lots of work, planning and costs involved - so be careful!

Fishing tournament - get sponsorship from a local angling shop.

Football match - collections at half time.

Fun Day - hold a family fun day at work. Include an It's a Knock Out style competition.

Fun runs - organise your own; you decide the venue and the distance. Try to get a local personality to compete or start the event off. Or, if you do not have time, simply book a place in one of our runs and ask friends for sponsorship.

£5 into £50 - Give friends or volunteer fundraisers a sum of money (£5) and a time limit (three months) to increase this by devising a money-generating activity. Ideas include: planting vegetable seeds and selling produce; baking and selling cakes; backing the Derby winner; investing. Award prizes for the most ingenious idea.

50:50 club - get everyone to donate £1 a month (by standing order if possible). Each month holds a draw when someone wins half the total raised. No licence is required - you just need to ensure at least half the money goes back into prize money.

Face painting
Fashion Show
Flower show

Garden party - or open garden; held in your garden, with stalls, games, refreshments and raffles.

Go-karting - sponsored laps. Pay entry fee and winner (and maybe loser) get a prize!

Golf open days - get a golf club to sponsor the event for you, invite club members and local businessmen for the tournament. Organise a raffle and auction in the evening as well.

Greek night - lay on Greek food, wine and dancing in your local village hall.

Guy Fawkes party - if you have a large garden organise a firework display, charge for admission and refreshments.

Halloween party - hold a fancy dress party at your house or in a local bar. Ask for an entrance fee. Organise a DJ, spooky decorations and nibbles.

Head and tails auction - good to do at a dinner evening. Get everyone to stand up and pass a bucket around collecting people's change (although encourage £5 notes). Everyone decides whether they're heads or tails by putting a hand on their head or their bottom. Flip a coin on stage and announce the results. Those who get it wrong sit down. Continue until only one person is left. Winner gets a prize. ( maybe call it heads and kidneys )

Hat sale - get everyone to donate their old hats and then come and buy a new one.

Head shave - get friends to sponsor you.

Highland games
Horse racing evening
Homemade goods sale

Individual gifts - gift day, pledges, an hour's pay, donations, membership, payroll giving. Good for the office.

Ice cream eating (get sponsored to eat as many different flavours in as short a time as possible)
Indoor Games
It's a knockout!
Independence Day (4th of July, American theme party)


Jelly eating competition - great fun for the kids.

Jewellery collection - ask the public and your friends and relatives to donate unwanted jewellery. Auction off the best items and sell the remainder at a car boot sale or use as

raffle prizes.

Jumble sales .
Jam making
Juggling competition

Karaoke night

Knit - put your needles together and knit garments to be sold at fetes and Xmas bazaars.

Knockout darts or snooker tournament - at your local pub.

Keeping silent
Kite flying

Local races and marathons - take advantage of any local races that are established in your area. Book a place and ask friends for sponsorship.

Loud tie day - get your company to sponsor it.

Limbo contest
Lorry pulling (teams get sponsored per foot to pull lorry)

Market stall - book a pitch at your local market. Sell fruit and vegetable from your garden or unwanted items from your home.

Masterclasses - are you good at something? Why not organise a small class to show other people how to do it? Charge people a fee.

Memory meal - transport yourself back to the 60s, 50s or the 40s. Dress in the style of the day and try to cook some dishes of the day.

Mile of coins competition - how many coins will it take? Person with the closest guess gets a prize.

Music and mulled wine evening - organise a recital at your local stately home or in someone's summer garden.

Match box challenge (good for children. Ask them to collect as many different items as possible that will all fit into a matchbox)
Masked Ball
Midnight Matinee

No smoking week - for all those who need a real incentive.

Non uniform day - for kids at school.

Name the teddy
Nearly new sale

Open Garden - ask visitors to donate an entry fee and pay for refreshments or hold a raffle as well.

Outgrown exchange - a sale of children's clothes, books or toys.

Old time music hall
Opera evening
Organ playing (get sponsored for playing the organ for as long as 

Plant sale - next time you're planting seedlings or taking cuttings why not double the quantity and have a plant sale later in the year?

Plant a tree - in collaboration with your local authority's tree planting programme. Invite people to make a donation to have a tree planted in memory of someone. Organise to coincide with National Tree Week which is usually in November.

Poetry recital - get people to read their own verses over some mulled wine.

Pub games evening - teams pay to enter for dominoes, skittles, darts, pool, quizzes etc. Have plenty of fun prizes and charge for refreshments.

Pop Quiz
Pet competition
Pancake Race
Portrait painting
Parachute jump
Pirate Party
Pub Quiz
Puppet show
Pram push


Race night - organise an event at your local dog or horse racing stadium or arrange your own race night

Radio campaign - your local radio station may help by broadcasting appeals or adopting you/ your fundraising campaign for a Christmas appeal.


Rounders tournament
Rag week
Roller disco
Rowing competition

Scrabble competition

Shave off your beard or flowing locks!

Sherry evening - sell tickets for an evening in your own home. Included in the price is one glass of sherry. Further glasses are by donation only.


Slim - why not raise money as you lose the pounds? Get friends to sponsor you.

Sponsored events - always popular. Bed push, half a beard shave, wheelchair marathon.

Sports events - do you belong to a sports club? Why not persuade them to hold a charity day? People could pay to enter a competition.

Sporting club dinner collection or raffle

Stand up bingo - sell bingo cards around the room, each with one number on it. Ask all the participants to stand up. Spin the balls and when a number is called that person has to sit down. The last one standing scoops the prize. Good for dinner dances.

Street collections - there are a number of legalities and restrictions. email the events team [email protected] 

Supermarket trolley dash - arrange date with manager and sell tickets beforehand. Winning ticket 'dashes' through the store grabbing as much food as possible. Money to pay for goods has to come from proceeds.

Swimathon - kids and adults can do sponsored distances. 

Talent competition

Teddy bears picnic - charge for entry and organise a clown, face painters etc.

Theatre preview - could your local theatre or amateur dramatics society be persuaded to do a preview in aid of the Society?

Treasure hunt - get some prizes donated and organise a set of clues leading people from one location to the next. All participants pay a fee to enter. Finish with a barbecue?

Triathlon - organise a place in your local triathlon or book a place in the London Triathlon, ask friends to sponsor you.

Tennis tournament
Tea party
Trolley dash
Tug of war

Underwear out - wear your underwear on the outside for a day, ask your friends for sponsorship. Make sure it's clean!

Underground pub crawl - follow one of the Tube lines, visit pubs en route and do a collection.

(Down) Under day - celebrate all things Australian, hold a BBQ and ask everyone to dress up like surfers or beach babes. Ask friends to pay an entry fee.

Vintage car race
Volleyball competition


Walk - take part in a sponsored walk or go on one of our events like Ben Nevis

Wine tasting evening - spend an evening tasting fine wines. Ask attendees to pay an entry fee, provide wine, cheese and French bread free of charge. Try and get the wine donated or buy it from France!

World meal - have an Indian, Caribbean or Australian meal at your home for your friends and family. Get everyone to dress up and charge an entrance fee.
Window cleaning
Welly throwing
Wages donation
White water rafting
Wheelchair marathon
Wine auction
Worlds biggest…..cake etc.


Xmas party
Xmas draw

Yard of ale
Yachting regatta
Years collection (keep a collection box at home and encourage friends and family to contribute)
Yo-yo contest

Zany dress day

Zip slide