You can support YMCA England & Wales and your local YMCA by getting involved in one of our sponsored events or running your own event in your community.

If you decide to organise your own fundraising or sponsored event at your home, school, church, YMCA or place of work, please contact us for posters, leaflets, branded materials and collection tins. We’ll be more than happy to help and could even support you to promote the event!

We would love to hear from you, so please drop us a line at

A bit of inspiration…

Donate while you shop at no extra cost!

When shopping online, make your purchases via and chose YMCA England & Wales as your charity of choice. That way, the companies you buy products from will make a donation to us at the checkout, without you paying anything extra.

Give a gift card

If you have any unwanted or unused gift cards, visit to donate a portion of the amount to YMCA England & Wales, and transfer the rest to a new gift card of your choice. It’s win win!

Put on an event

Put on an event such as a quiz or a fashion show and sell tickets. Not only is it a great way to raise money, it’s also good fun.

Afternoon teas/coffee mornings

Why not get baking and have people round for a coffee morning or afternoon tea? You can ask people for a small donation or hold a raffle and sell tickets.

Car boot sales

Set up a table for YMCA England & Wales at a car boot sale and sell your unwanted bric-a-brac. Or donate your unwanted items to your local YMCA shop.


You could hold an auction dinner. Ask individuals and local businesses for items that money can’t usually buy. Individuals could offer an hour’s gardening, an evening’s babysitting or a week in their holiday home. Local businesses could offer items like a studio portrait, a hamper or a haircut.

Sponsored events

The possibilities are endless. Choose an event and collect sponsorship. You could run, swim, dance, sleep, sing, eat or be silent.

If you have planned a great event, don’t forget to contact your local press. The more people who know about your efforts, the more money and awareness you’re likely to raise.

The best way to manage your fundraising is to set up a personal fundraising page via Just Giving which is a simple way to collect your donations and sponsorship. Before creating your page, please let our Supporter Services team know at so we can track your fundraising.