Fundraising ideas and challenges

We’ve got lots of ideas for how you can fundraise for our sanctuaries, from sporting challenges to virtual events, and much more. Take a look at our ideas to get started on your fundraising journey.

Specific fundraising challenges

Goodheart 485 Challenge


Our very own Goodheart Fundraising Challenge is open to all ages and abilities! Based around the number 485 (the number of animals we have rescued since opening), it’s a fun way to challenge yourself whilst helping to raise vital funds for our residents. 

Fundraising platforms


JustGiving is the world’s leading online fundraising platform, and setting up a personal page for your fundraiser couldn’t be simpler! Simply click the link below to head to their website.


Did you know that you can set up a fundraiser and collect donations through Facebook? A great way to do this is by setting up a birthday fundraiser and asking for contributions instead of gifts. Click the link below to visit Facebook and see how you can set one up quickly and easily.

10 SUPER fundraising ideas


For most of us, trekking the Andes or climbing Everest is off the table for now. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still undertake a big challenge. Why not cycle the distance of the Inca trail or walk the distance from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Hollywood sign, but in your local area?


Try your hand at making cards, gifts, or anything else your friends and family might like. Send them out to your loved ones and ask for a donation in return.


We’ve all heard of Dry January, but how about giving up chocolate, coffee or even social media for a month and asking friends and family to sponsor you? 

4. Donate the journey

If you’re now working from home, why not donate the money you would have spent commuting? This is a great one to get the whole team involved in!

5. Gaming for good

Whether you’re a fan of Monopoly or prefer a MarioKart marathon with your friends, a virtual games night is a fun way to raise money while having fun with your loved ones. Maybe you can even bet on the winner to raise the stakes!


It doesn’t have to be big – how about a coffee and cake morning with your friends, or a games day in your garden or local park?

7. Get quizzical

Arrange a virtual or in-person pub quiz and donate the entry fees. A pub-less quiz can be just as much fun as the real thing and makes for a great evening at home.


Are you an expert in something? Or maybe you have a cool talent others would like to learn? Why not arrange to teach others and ask them for a donation in return? It’s a great way to hone your skills and help others, and it’s all for a good cause.

9. Clear YOUR clutter

If you’ve been doing a little decluttering, why not sell some of the items you no longer need through eBay For Charity or at your local car boot sale.


Why not set yourself and your four-legged friend a challenge to walk a certain number of miles in a month to help rescued animals?

Safety & legality - our top tips

A quick guide to making sure you stay safe and within the law. 

Personal safety

In order to keep yourself as safe as possible while fundraising, we recommend you:

  • Avoid fundraising alone where possible
  • Stick to safe routes and areas you know
  • Carry money discreetly and be aware of your surroundings

Large events or events in public places

When planning this type of event, it is important to:

  • Contact your local council to let them know about your plans and see if you need any licences or permission 
  • Ensure that there is a first aider on site
  • Make sure you have good fire safety in place
  • If you’re hosting an event at work, make sure your plans comply with the  Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Raffles, lotteries, and collections

If you’re unsure about running a raffle, collection, or lottery, you can either contact us, speak to your local council, or check out the Institute of Fundraising website.

  • All volunteers collecting money in public must be over 16
  • We can provide you with a letter of authority confirming that you are a volunteer collecting for a registered charity. Simply email info@goodheart.org.uk
  • Collections on private property require written permission from the venue (i.e. pub owner or shop manager).
  • If you’re collecting in a public place, you will need a licence from your local council. This also applies to door-to-door collections.

Sign up to fundraise

Let us know all about your fundraising so we can help you succeed! You’ll receive individual support from a member of our team. 

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