Fundraising Ideas to Keep You On Track

Get inspired by these ways to fundraise ahead of the Great North Run in September.

There’s 6 months left until the Great North Run 2023!

By now you’ll be thinking of training and fundraising.  

Your sponsorship will make a huge difference to the children, young people and adults with disabilities we support, thank you so much for your help. And whilst we recommend starting to fundraise as early as possible, it’s never too late to raise your funds. There are so many ways to raise money, and if you’re struggling for ideas see below: 


1. Bake Sale or Coffee Morning

Test out your baking skills by hosting a bake sale. Or host a coffee morning with coffee, cake and a good natter with friends. All proceeds raised will go towards your fundraising target.

If you want to try your hand at baking, there are plenty of recipes available. You can check out our previous blog on Healthy Valentines Recipes or see below for an example of what you could bake:

Fairy Cakes

  • 110g/4oz butter or margarine, softened at room temperature
  • 110g/4oz caster sugar
  • 2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 110g/4oz self-raising flour
  • 1-2 tbsp milk

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line 2 x 12-hole fairy cake tins with paper cases.

Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale. Beat in the eggs, a little at a time, and stir in the vanilla extract.

Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon. Add a little milk until the mixture is a soft dropping consistency and spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full.

Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.

To ice the fairy cakes, drizzle the icing over the cakes, sprinkle with decorations and set aside until the icing hardens.

2. Fancy Dress

Commit to running the Great North Run in costume and see if people will sponsor you for doing so! Last year we saw runners dressed as superheroes and even someone dressed as a tree. The easier option is doing a sponsored fancy dress in your workplace to earn you a few pounds (and laughs).

3. Fundraising Games and Activities

Ask around friends, family and local businesses for any items you could use in a raffle. Or put on a sponsored activity such as a game night. There are a variety of sponsored activities you could do, including comedy events, sponsored activity workshops, and even sponsored carwashes.

4. Sports Day

Have a flare for football or a knack at netball? Why don’t you have yourself a charity sports
event where everyone can get competitive whilst raising money for charity. Maybe you can craft a homemade medal or winners cup.

5. Sponsored Silence

Are you a chatter box? How does a sponsored silence sound? Let everyone know and they will jump at the chance of donating, it will be a little bit of entertainment for them too!

With fundraising you’ll be amazed at how generous your friends, family member and colleagues are when they sponsor you. Even simple gestures like dropping off a collection tin in the office or in your local gym can make a world of difference.

Make sure to promote your sponsoring efforts on social media to widen your audience, and interact with other runners to keep you motivated. Did you know that we have a Facebook Group dedicated to #TeamPercyHedley? Share tips and tricks, as well as training updates with the very people who will be running alongside you in September.

You’ll be smashing your fundraising targets in no time.

Junior and Mini GNR Spaces

The Percy Hedley Foundation have 15 spaces for the Junior GNR and 15 spaces for the Mini GNR:

This is the first time we have been offered the opportunity to take places in the race and have 15 for the mini and 15 for the junior. Entry is £20 and we have set £100 as the fundraising target.

  • Mini runners (age 3 – 8) must be accompanied by an adult around the 1.2km course
  • Junior runners (age 9-16) have the option of running by themselves or with a Parent/Guardian around the 4km course
  • Accompanying adults who are running are required to wear the specific accompanying adult bib, which is attached to the child’s run number.

These spaces tend to go quickly, so if you are interested use the button below to sign up.