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Virtual Fundraising

virtual fundraising

Fundraising for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity during the Coronavirus pandemic has been no mean feat when we haven’t been able to get together with our friends, family and colleagues in person as much as we'd like.

Despite the challenges, we have seen some incredible activities taking place in Rotherham and beyond to boost the charity – thank you so much.

Please don’t stop now! The charity is challenging you to have some fundraising fun by learning a new skill, taking on a challenge, connecting with your family and friends in creative ways and by entertaining others.

So what can you do to support the charity? Here are a few virtual fundraising ideas to inspire you.

Please don’t forget to stay safe, to register your event with Just Giving and to let the charity know about your fundraise plans by calling 01709 426821 or emailing

The Big Sleep Out

We’ve all spent a lot of time at home recently, so why not take your home outdoors and enjoy a sponsored camping challenge? We’re looking for families with an adventurous spirit to camp out in your garden or local green space and to donate what you would have spent at a camp or caravan site. Your Big Sleep Out could include all sorts of activities from a nature scavenger hunt, a bug trail, a camp kitchen cooking competition, stargazing, or a ghost story competition. You could even set up your own Camping Olympics with an assault course, tug-of-war and sack races. Don’t forget your map, sleeping bag and torch!

Virtual Marathon

Tackling 26.2 miles is a tall order so why not challenge your friends, family, work colleagues or sports team members to share the leg work by running the distance between you? You can do this in your garden, on your treadmill or around your local park. Amateur runners can brave their first few miles with experienced members tackling the longer distances. Set a date, challenge your friends, family and neighbours, create your Just Giving page and grab your trainers – good luck!

Virtual Come Dine With Me

We have been getting creative in the kitchen during lockdown. Whether you a keen baker or love savoury treats, why not share your favourite recipe virtually with your dream dinner party guests. All you need to do is design your menu, set up a Skype, Zoom or Facebook Live tutorial from your kitchen and invite your guests to get ready, steady, cook! You can then virtually share your (hopefully!) delicious meal together afterwards. Don’t forget to create a shopping list beforehand and share it with your guests. We recommend you donate the cost of your ingredients to the charity.

Virtual Red Carpet

New movies may still be waiting for their curtain call but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy all the fun of the movies at home. To call ‘lights, camera, action’ on your virtual movie night all you need to do is pick your premier date, select a film (or a complimentary double bill) from your favourite genre and send out tickets to your fellow audience members. Our top tip would be to select a family-friendly film from Netflix, Sky or Amazon Prime Video which everyone can download easily. Check your Wi-Fi is working well, grab your popcorn and get comfy on the sofa. To make it extra special why not turn your movie night into a red carpet event and dress for the occasion in your finest outfits? We’d recommend your virtual cinema goers donate the cost of their usual cinema ticket and snacks to the charity. Don’t forget to tune in remotely via Facebook Live or Skype so you can all share the experience together.

Sponsored Summer Walk

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s to love the great outdoors and in Rotherham we’re blessed with parks, woodland and green spaces galore. We’re also lucky enough to have the Peak District on our doorstep too. Why not challenge yourself or a team to a sponsored walk? (Remember to keep social distancing in mind!) It could be a leisurely few miles around Clifton Park or Rother Valley Country Park or a more challenging route. Check out for inspiration. 

Virtual Talent Show

You might not have a large crowd to play to at the moment but a true showman wouldn’t let that hold them back! We know you’re a talented lot in Rotherham, so why not challenge your friends and family to a Britain’s Got Talent style virtual talent show? Whether you can sing, dance, rap, perform magic tricks, act or make people laugh – the choice is yours. You will need to set a date, send out invites, charge an entry fee (which can be donated Via Just Giving) and challenge participants to practice their routine before connecting online via Facebook Live or Skype. Thankfully Simon Cowell will be nowhere in sight but you will need to nominate a judge and select a prize for the winner. 

Virtual Happy Hour

Enjoying coffee or cocktails remotely was the only (safe) way of catching up with friends, family and colleagues during the pandemic. But lockdown doesn’t mean you should miss out on catching up with your favourite people. Why not bring your best friends, work buddies or fellow tea guzzlers together for a virtual happy hour via Zoom, Facebook live or Skype. All you need to do is put the kettle on, brew your favourite coffee or concoct a cocktail and get comfy with the people you have missed seeing the most. You can then raise a glass to the charity and donate the cost of your favourite tipple. Cheers!



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