Fundraising is a very important source of income for the BDA and we are grateful for every penny raised. So far this year we have had a number of people going, literally, the extra mile for our cause.
All the money you raise will go to help dyslexic individuals reach their full potential.
There are a number of ways you can also raise money for the BDA and have fun at the same time! Check out a few ideas below:
Dress Up for Dyslexia!
Everyone loves dressing up and there are many ways that you can get involved whether it is wearing your wedding dress to work, or a feather boa to brownies!
Find out more about Dress Up for Dyslexia! here.
Always a popular event, get your friends, family or colleagues to compete against each other. Ask them to pay a contribution and answer questions. The winner gets half the money and the rest goes towards your fundraising target.
Car boot sale
Get together with friends and family and sell off all those things you no longer want.
Choose something challenging, maybe walking 5 miles, swimming 100 lengths, five-a-side tournament or even eating 50 donuts (!) and get sponsored to do it.
Bad hair day
Hold a bad hair day and collect a donation from everyone that takes part.
Discover your singing talents as you sing along to your favourite song.
Organise an afternoon tea party at your house. Ask your neighbours to bring cakes, biscuits and drinks, and charge people 50p entrance!
Hold a sponsored silence. Ask your parents and neighbours to sponsor you to keep quiet! You could ask them to sponsor you for the whole day or per hour.
Climb every mountain
If you work in a high-rise building, get sponsored to take the stairs for a month.
Dress down day
Hold a dress down day at work or school with everyone taking part paying a small sum of money, and if you’re normally casual then hold a dress-up day. Give a small prize for the best outfit, the jazziest tie or the most embarrassing outfit.
Get sponsored to shave your head, or your chest, or your armpits or...!
Are you a smoker? A compulsive chocolate eater? Give up for a month and get everyone to sponsor your efforts.
Ask your teachers to hold a non- uniform day and give a donation to attend school in your own clothes.
At the Car Wash
Get together with your friends to clean the cars in your neighbourhood for a donation, or clean the cars in the school car park during lunch hour.
Ask your teacher if you can have a bake sale at school during a break.
Give up something you would really miss, like sweets or TV & get people to sponsor you for each day that you manage to go without.
And for the really little ones...
Everyone from Grandma to the dog can sponsor the youngest members of the family in a few circuits of the nursery playground.
For the adventurous...
Take part in a parachute jump or sponsored abseil and rope in your friends and colleagues.
Up and running
If you’re feeling extra fit you could always get your trainers out and run the London Marathon for the BDA!
Don’t forget to also...
Set up a Justgiving page. Email everyone you know to let them know what you're doing and ask them to support you by donating via your fundraising page. Don’t forget to ask people to gift aid their donations!
Promote your fundraising using Facebook or other social networking sites – you can set up a group asking them to donate online via your Justgiving page or invite friends, family and colleagues to your fundraising event.
Ask your boss
Find out if your company has a match-giving scheme, many companies will match money raised for employees who take part in fundraising for charity.
Just remember, get people involved, be shameless and keep talking about what you're planning.