CamCRAG is a registered charity who organise regular weekend volunteer convoys from Cambridge to Calais. We also collect donations and funds to help refugees in Europe and beyond.
CamCRAG is a registered charity who organise regular weekend volunteer convoys from Cambridge to Calais. We also collect donations and funds to help refugees in Europe and beyond.

Fundraising ideas

Thanks to CamCRAG supporter Georgina for these great ideas to give you inspiration if you want to raise money to help support the convoys to Calais.

If you’re organising an event and you need support on the day or with promotion then please email

And if you have more ideas then please add them in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Selling things and services

Cake sale: hold a cake sale at school, work, church or elsewhere.

Car boot sale: get up early and go to a local car boot sale to sell your unwanted possessions, or any items or handycrafts that you make.

Odd job days: advertise and offer your services locally, including DIY, cleaning, carrying shopping, dog walking. Explain what you are fundraising for.

Arts & Crafts

Busking: Do you play an instrument? Why not take to the streets and collect money.

Live music evening: if you have some talented friends organise a live music events at a local pub/venue.

Craft sale: if you are an artist or craftsperson, hold a special sale or your work.

Asking for donations

Matched giving: approach local businesses and ask if they will consider matching the funds you raise through a particular activity.

Exercise class/sports team/weekend group collection: do you belong to a football or sports team, attend an exercise or yoga class or are part of a group relating to one of your hobbies? Ask members of your group to bring in a donation on a particular day.

At work

Copper and foreign coins collection: collect coppers and foreign coins from friends, family and colleagues, take to foreign exchange or bank to convert into £’s.

Fancy teabags: Buy some particularly special or unusual tea to leave in the tea area at work, and ask colleagues to pay by the bag. Perhaps you could extend this idea to biscuits, slices of cake or savoury treats.

Luncheon: arrange to bring some luxury sandwiches or savoury treats to work that you have made, and people can buy lunch from you.

Bad tie day: pay to display an outrageous tie…

Guess the weight: prepare a jar of something or other for people to guess the weight/number of; the closest wins the jar. It could be sweets, luxury teabags, crisps (!), popcorn. Charge each person who would like to guess.

Smaller/at home events

Clothes swap: gather your friends together, all bring any unwanted clothes and swap away – pay £2 per item you take

Film night: create a cinema at home, charge friends and family entry, sell popcorn and drinks.

Afternoon tea: serve decadent tea, cake and sandwiches to your paying guests, perhaps hold a raffle.

Karaoke night: have a Karaoke party and collect donations

Scavenger hunt/Treasure hunt: participants pay to play.

Larger/community events

International evening: ask people to bring an international dish and charge tickets on entry. Tickets may need to be sold in advance to ensure commitment to bring dishes and a plentiful range of food!

Netball/football/rounders/badminton/table tennis tournament: ask participants to pay to play.

Bring and share picnic/community event: find a dry space and invite everyone to a picnic, share your food and circulate with a collections box or ask for donations on entry. Include some fun games.

Silly sports day: organise some silly games (welly throwing, tug of war etc), and some silly races (stiletto race, slow bicycle race, three legged race, backwards race, baby race).

Other ideas

Smartie tubes: give friends and family an empty smartie tube and ask them to fill it with coins – preferably £1! Use the Smarties to fill a jar, for a ‘guess the number of Smarties’ competition (pay to enter).

Sponsorship: ask people to sponsor you for something – walking, running, cycling, fasting, no-swearing, read-a-thon, dance-a-thon.

Challenge: ask people to pay you to complete a challenge – dye your hair blue, shave head, grow sideburns, all day silence.