Charity Events to Get Involved In

Have you done your good deed for the day? The traders who rowed from Barcelona to Ibiza to raise money for the Noman Campaign this summer definitely have – read all about it (blisters, sunburn and all!) here.

If that inspires you to do your bit for charity, here’s our guide to Charity Events around the world for a number of fantastic causes. Run, swim, jump, wine and dine or donate – the choice is yours…

1. The Race for Life

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 12.44.11The cause: Cancer Research UK
What you can do: Run, walk, sponsor or volunteer
Where it is: 300 locations across the UK
When it is: Across 2015 (dates depend on your location)

The lowdown: Female traders only, please! This series of 5k or 10k fun runs is the UK’s largest women-only charity event, and it’s all in aid of beating cancer. There are 300 different events to choose from so you’ve got no excuse not to get involved. The races are just for women but bring your hubbies, brothers and dads along- they can show their support by volunteering to help out on the day, or just cheer you on.

Sign up: raceforlife.org

2. Triathlon England

Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 10.20.28The cause: You choose
What you can do: Swim, cycle and run
Where it is: All over England
When it is: Dates vary depending on your location

The lowdown: If you think you can do more than just run, get involved in a Triathlon and swim, cycle and run to show your support to your chosen charity. Triathlon England have a range of events, so it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or aspiring Olympian. Still sound too much? You can also enter a team of three and split the sports between you.

Sign up: triathlonengland.org

3. Aspire Channel Swim 2014

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 12.45.16The cause: Aspire: Supporting those with Spinal Cord Injuries
What you can do: Swim
Where it is: Your local pool
When it is: 14th September-7th December

The lowdown: If you want something you can fit around your busy trading week, this might just be the thing. Aspire, a charity providing support to spinal cord injury patients, are challenging you to swim 22 miles in 12 weeks- the distance of the English Channel. You can do it whenever you like, wherever you like, so you can swim in your lunch hour or to unwind after a day of trading.

Sign up: aspirechannelswim.co.uk

4. Quizaid

233826a67be66a810b23a263230da62e_XLThe cause: Christian Aid
What you can do: Hold a quiz
Where is it: You choose the venue
When it is: You choose the date

The lowdown: If triathlons, trekking, swimming and cycling are just a little bit too energetic for you, you’ll be pleased to know you don’t have to don your trainers to make a difference. Donate your brainpower instead by hosting a charity quiz to help Christian Aid fight poverty and injustice. Get your friends, family and colleagues involved and you can choose the topic- whether sports, films or general knowledge are your forte.

Find out more: christianaid.org.uk

5. b-eat China Trek

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 12.46.07The cause: b-eat: Beating Eating Disorders
What you can do: Trek, sponsor someone or donate
Where it is: China
When it is: 3rd-11th October 2015 or 30th April-6th May 2016

The lowdown: If you want to travel and experience some culture while fundraising for a great cause, sign up for BEAT’s China Trek. You’ll get to walk the Great Wall, visit Bejing and much more- and all the while, you’ll be making money to help raise awareness of eating disorders, provide support to those affected, improve services and treatment and help more people to beat eating disorders. (If China’s a tad too far to go, there’s lots more destinations you can choose from).

For a free information pack, email: fundraising@b-eat.co.uk

6. The Rugby Gala

Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 10.29.47The cause: Great Ormond Street Hospital
What you can do: Dine and dance the night away
Where it is: Rosewood London
When it is: 8th September

The lowdown: Do your bit in style at GOSH’s Rugby Gala by donning your black tie and DJ, dining and dancing the night away- all in the name of charity. Proceeds will fund Great Ormond Street hospital’s pioneering research. So enjoy a champagne reception, three-course meal, a special guest music performance and a Q&A with some famous faces from the world of rugby… all for a good cause.

Sign up: gosh.org

7. RSPCA Skydive

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 12.47.44The cause: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
What you can do: Jump out of a plane
Where it is: 20 different parachute centres across the UK
When it is: Dates available across the year (weather dependent)

The lowdown: Feeling brave? Why not sign up for a skydive? You’ll jump out of a plane 10,000ft high in the sky to raise money for the oldest animal welfare charity around, who work tirelessly to prevent cruelty to animals. You don’t need any prior experience, but you will need nerves of steel…

Sign up: rspca.org.uk

8. London to Milton Keynes Bike Ride

Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 10.36.39The cause: British Heart Foundation
What you can do: Cycle
Where it is: From London to Milton Keynes
When it is: 10th October

The lowdown: If you’re not quite up to Tour de France standard but are up for a cycling challenge, ride the 55 miles from London to Milton Keynes – you choose whether to stick to the road or tackle an off-road cycle. You can do it on your own, as a team or in a relay (or set up a few teams with your trading colleagues to add a bit of competition). It’s all in aid of keeping hearts healthy, and the cycling will certainly get yours racing.

Sign up: bhf.org.uk

9. Tough Mudder

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 12.48.20The cause: Help for Heroes
What you can do: Tackle a list of obstacles
Where it is: Several locations across Europe
When it is: Depends on your location

The lowdown: Go up against obstacles like the Hero Wall, Hangin’ Tough, the Boa Constrictor, Trench Warfare, the Electric Eel and Everest in a 10-12 mile (18-20km) challenge. It’ll test your strength, stamina and mental grit- and the website promises you’ll get an orange headband and bragging rights to take to work on Monday morning.

Sign up: toughmudder.co.uk

10. Race to End HPV

Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 10.40.53The cause: The Noman Campaign – raising money to end HPV and prevent 5% of cancers
What you can do: Row, cycle, or simply donate
Where it is: TBC
When it is: TBC

The lowdown: We did a feature all about the traders who rowed from Barcelona to Ibiza for the NOMAN campaign – read all about it here. And if you’ve been inspired to sign up for one of next year’s challenges, sign up to the newsletter here to keep up-to-date – or donate now to help this year’s participants reach their fundraising target.

Find out more: nomancampaign.org.

Let us know what charity events you’ve signed up for and how much you’ve raised by tweeting us @LittlefishFX or emailing us here.

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