With the festive season not all that far away, we wanted to provide you with some fun and creative fundraising ideas for your Christmas challenge this year.

Traditional Events

Please click here for a list of traditional event ideas

Festive Events

Santa Dash 2021

Dust off your red suit and dash your own distance (we recommend 5km). Around your station, in your community, local park or back garden. You’ll certainly give your neighbours a laugh!

  • Adults – Entry is £13 per ticket, with the optional choice of ‘I’m feeling festively generous’ – round me up to £20
  • Under 16 – £5 (under 5’s free)
  • Pound for a Pooch – £1

We’ll have information on how you can register for the 2021 Santa Dash very soon. Check back here for updates or look out for details on our social media.

Drive Through Santa Visits

Bring some Christmas joy to the little ones this festive season and invite families to a Drive Through Santa Visit. With the same principle as our National Car Wash, but without having to wash a car! Decorate the appliance bay, get the Christmas music on and have the Crew dress up as elves, reindeers and, of course, Santa. Families can drive through the appliance bay and visit Santa from the safety of their car. For further information and support contact your Community, Corporate and Events Fundraiser.

December Ascender

It’s simple – one ladder, one team, one hour!

When public street collections had to be cancelled in December 2020 due to lockdown, a group of managers from Glasgow came up with the idea of the December Ascender Challenge, to get Stations competing against each other and raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity.

The concept was simple: one 13.5m ladder, one team (no restrictions on numbers), and one hour. Fundraising pages were set up and crews got climbing. In total, 11 stations got involved and just short of £4,000 was raised in December. Now we’re calling on you to get your station involved too. For further information and support contact your Community, Corporate and Events Fundraiser.

Elfie Challenge 

On the 1st of December when Elfie is back, watch out for him causing havoc on Station. The more you raise the naughtier he becomes. Post updates on social media of Elfie’s antics and share your JustGiving page to raise funds. What will your Elfie get up to? 

Grotto Break Out 

Create your very own grotto and challenge the CFO, CEO or Senior Member of Staff to break out by raising money. Give them a phone and set up a JustGiving page and they need to call on support to get them out. To make it doubly challenging, set up an alternative page that people can donate to keep him in! Give them a phone, set up a JustGiving page and challenge them to hit a target amount to secure their release.    

Virtual of face-to-face Carol Service 

Call on your local choir to support with a Carol Service that can either be organised facer-to-face, or be recorded in advance or streamed live in December with a JustGiving Page asking people to pay what they can.

Letters / Video from Santa 

Keep the Magic of Christmas alive for the kids by asking families to submit their request for a letter or video from Santa for a small donation, then spend a day collating letters or recording personal videos to be sent in return.

Festive Quiz 

Host a quiz over a video call or face-to-face, invite your friends and family and ask them for a small donation to take part. You can either find template questions online, write your own, or ask your contestants to submit a question each to mix it up a little!  

Baking Class

Do all your friends and family think you should apply for Bake Off? How about literally dusting off your rolling pin and hosting a festive baking class? 

Unwanted Gifts 

Ask people to donate unwanted Christmas presents for a future raffle. Or hold a festive eBay sale of unwanted gifts donating the proceeds. You can do this by going to eBay for Charity and searching for The Fire Fighters Charity:  charity.ebay.com

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