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There are a huge number of tried and tested means of raising money in the community. Here are some of Macmillan's favourite ideas. They are all available in our Little green book of ideas – get your free copy from your local fundraising office or order one from www.be.macmillan.org.uk/order|.
Encourage family, friends and colleagues to give £1 for a Macmillan green safety pin. Order pins from www.be.macmillan.org.uk|.
Simply ask your local supermarket if you can bag customers' shopping and ask for a donation for your service. It's simple, it's a proven way to raise lots of money, and it's a great way to meet people.
Ask your family, friends and colleagues to empty their pockets every evening for a week for charity. Their small change can change lives.
Did you know that a day's wage is less than half a percentage of a yearly salary? So why not donate a day's wage and encourage others to follow your example. You could designate a specific date of importance such as Easter Friday, Pancake Day, or a date of local significance.
There are many events you can compete in to become an Office Olympic champion. Why not try speed typing, synchronised chair swivelling, bin basketball or longest paperclip chain in a minute.
Stick a swear box in an office, at home or in your local social club to raise money for charity. If swearing is the crime, then get them to pay for the misdemeanour.
All you need are some willing VIPs (very important prisoners) and somewhere to hold them captive. Then it's up to the VIPs to get their friends, family and colleagues to stump up the cash so they can be released.
Get people to sponsor you to appear on TV. Big Brother, The X-Factor, Ready Steady Cook, Family Fortunes, Dragon's Den, Britain Got Talent or maybe just your local news programme.
Create your very own version of the popular TV show. You and a few friends or family all take turns to host a dinner party in one week. At end of each evening, you all rate the host's performance. Ask for a donation to take part.
There is no accounting for bad taste. Or is there? Ask colleagues or friends to pay to express their bad taste. Get them to go to work in their worst tie, bad hair do or most garish clothes. If they refuse, get them to pay a fine.
Why not give up something for charity. Whether it's smoking, drinking too much, eating too much chocolate, overspending, even biting your nails…the list goes on.
In 2005, Kyle MacDonald started with one red paperclip and thirteen trades later he had a house. You could start with a Macmillan green safety pin (available on www.be.macmillan.org.uk|) and you might end up with something to auction for Macmillan.
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