Fundraising for Macmillan

Raise more money and change lives for people living with cancer.

Fundraising resources and ideas

Fundraising is all part of the challenge and we know it can be difficult to keep asking the same friends and family to support you. Your online giving page will get you off to a great start, but it shouldn’t be the only way you think about fundraising.

We’ve got a number of A-Z easy fundraising ideas for you to use, both in and out of the work place.

If your putting on an event why not use be.macmillan to make a poster or invitations to let everyone know about your event, get some balloons or bunting to brighten up your event and order a collection tin to see those donations come rolling in.  


General downloads:

Online fundraising

We have put together a collection of tips that will help you get started and have you creating brilliant looking page in no time. 

  • Promote your selfie – fundraisers with pictures on their page raise more
  • Tell your personal story – why have you joined Team Macmillan
  • Shoot for a target – Aim high a tell the world
  • Don’t be afraid to share your page on your social media 
  • Don’t forget about the email – there are lots of people who are not on social media who would like to hear what you are doing
  • Be creative – “If I reach £1,000, I’ll take part in fancy dress”
  • Keep your page updated – pictures are a great way to engage people 
  • It’s not over ‘til it’s over – donations come in after the event so make sure you follow up and tell people how you did 

Paying your money in 

Donations make up 98% of our annual income – we simply couldn’t do what we do without you. Your donations, no matter how big or small, will help us to care for even more people living with cancer. There are a number of different ways you can get the money to us. Over the telephone, by post or paying directly into our bank account. Find out more below.

If you’ve set up an online giving page then you don’t need to do anything - your online page updates your personal fundraising automatically!

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Post your donation

If you’d like to pay by cheque, please make the cheques payable to Macmillan Cancer Support and send it to us at Macmillan, 89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7UQ, along with a note with your name and your event.

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Deposit at a NatWest or RBS

If you want to request a credit slip to deposit at a NatWest or RBS near you email fundraising@macmillan.org.uk or call us on 0300 1000 200. For electronic bank transfers, we can also give you the account details and a unique reference code to quote at the time of transfer. 

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Text your donation

A quick and easy way to give either a one-off or regular monthly donation. 

Donations are taken out of the phone bill at source.

Text MOBILE to 70550 to make a £5 single donation

Text REGULAR to 70550 to make an ongoing donation of £5 a month.

Obtain bill payer's permission. Age 16+. UK mobiles only. One off donations charged at £5 + std rate. Monthly subscription donations charged at £5 + std rate each month. Macmillan Cancer Support is a registered charity in England & Wales 261017, Scotland SC039907, and Isle of Man 604. We receive 100% of all donations. See full terms and conditions.

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Donate by phone

Give us a ring and pay in your sponsorship money over the phone using your credit or debit card payments. We’re open Monday to Friday, 9am -5pm on 0300 1000 200.

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Robbie's top fundraising tips

As an employee of Travis Perkins (one of Macmillan’s charity partners) Robbie volunteered himself as a charity champion in 2015 and hasn’t stopped since. He has taken part in over 100 challenge events in the last three years, raising money and encouraging his colleagues at Travis Perkins to get involved as well. He always goes the extra mile for Macmillan – he even ran the 2017 London marathon wearing a green morph suit. 

Why Macmillan?

It helps that Macmillan are the official charity of my employer, Travis Perkins, but most importantly it’s because of what Macmillan do. I’ve had several friends who have had their support and I’ve seen just how fantastic they are. Life with cancer is still life, and Macmillan will help you live it.

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My biggest challenge so far

I would have to say the London Marathon 2017 in the morph suit. I’m asthmatic so it was a big challenge but I still managed to beat my 2016 time by 8 minutes. I put this down to the incredible support of the Macmillan cheerpoints around the course.

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What has been your most successful fundraising event to date?

I help to organise an annual auction - last years raised £3500! Fingers crossed 2018 will beat that – I’ve so far managed to blag over 100 varied items. Many companies are now supporting their own charities, so it is getting harder to get things, so it’s a case of thinking outside the box and asking places where people might not necessarily think of. Emails, calls, letters do the trick and if its local things like restaurants, pop in as face to face is the easiest way.

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What is the simplest way you have managed to fundraise?

In my line of work, the easiest way we have raised money was a bake sale. We put out a request for people to make the cakes and then sell them on the day, easy peasy! On my London Marathon fundraising, things like guess the time are an easy win, as is balance the pound on the lemon! Get a lemon and place in a bowl of water, charge people a pound to balance on top, if they win, get a small prize, if not the donation falls to the bottom of the bowl! Can’t get easier than that!

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How do you get your friends/family to keep sponsoring you despite multiple asks?

I like to mix it up a bit so they are not always sponsoring the same thing for example not just doing a marathon, but doing it in fancy dress or doing something a little different like a swim or cycle. I also arrange a varied type of event to appeal to all tastes, be it football, karting, gaming etc

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Organise your own event

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Go your own way

If you've decided to take on a different challenge for Macmillan, we'd still love you on the Team.

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Make your event a success

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