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Fundraising at School

Ways to get involved

Day in, day out, we're helping more children survive and thrive. Combine learning with having fun by raising money while finding out about the lives of children around the world.

Pay in your fundraising

If you’re paying in donations on behalf of a school, please use the Schools paying in form below

We have plenty of ways for your school to get involved. Read on for fantastic fundraising ideas, lesson resources and how to make us your charity of the year.

If you're planning a fundraiser and need inspiration or want to raise money but you're not sure how to go about it, check out our list of fundraising ideas for some great ways to raise money.

mates celebrating Christmas Jumper Day

Bake Sale - Throw on your aprons and get baking to help change lives. You could hold this at work, school or home and go sweet, savoury or both!

Christmas Jumper Day - One of our biggest annual school fundraising events! Get your classmates sparkled up and celebrate Christmas Jumper Day.

Name the... - Get your pupils to guess the name of a teddy or gather everyone's baby photos together and ask them to guess who each baby is - for a small donation of course!

Sports Day - Include a parent and child challenge in your annual sports day and ask the parents to donate to enter.

More Inspiration

Non-Uniform Day - Pick a dress up them like 'countries around the world' or ask your pupils to donate £1 for a non-uniform day. If you're fundraising during the festive period, then Christmas Jumper Day is a must!

Sponsored Silence - Get your pupils involved in a sponsored hour (or more!) of silence - the perfect way to deal with chatterboxes! 

Swimathon - Challenge your students to swim a certain number of lengths as a relay team within a certain time. They can ask their friends and family for sponsorship.

Talent Show - Hold a talent show and get your pupils to showcase their skills - ask their parents to come along and make a donation.

Turn £5 into £100 - Give groups of five children £5 and challenge them to turn your £5 investment into £100. Everything they raise over and above the £5 can be donated to Save the Children.

Register with us to get your free fundraising pack for resources and tips for fundraising success!

Secondary school children take part in Christmas Jumper Day activities

Supporting Save the Children throughout the school year is a great way to engage your students with our work and raise vital funds through enjoyable fundraising activites.

Whether you've supported us before, or you're new to Save the Children we'd love to have you on board. 

Together, we can help build better futures for children everywhere.

Get in touch by emailing fundraising@savethechildren.org.uk or calling 020 7012 6400.

How we'll support you

  • Fundraising resources - we have lots of of great fundraising materials to help promote your fundraiser, and make it look the part too!
  • Lesson resources - you will have access to a host of engaging lesson plans and resources to help bring our work to life in the classrom.
  • Speaker for your assembly - we have some brilliant volunteer speakers who would love to come and speak to your students about our work.
  • Sharing the difference - we'll let you know the difference you're making by sharing the stories of children we help.

You will also be put in touch with your local fundraising expert who will be able to give you dedicated support.

School children campaigning

Give your students the chance to speak out in support of children's rights around the world.

Our campaigning calls to action are ideal for Geography, History, Philosophy & Ethics and Citizenship lessons, as well as assemblies and off-timetable days. 

Harnessing students' voices to call for change on the climate crisis and Afghan children's education, among other issues, can promote critical thinking, teamwork, public speaking, empathy and leadership skills. 

Read more on our Campaigns page

i am the future school award

Like you, we’re strong believers in the power of children’s ambition and positivity. 

Sign your school up to take part in our new I am the future, Schools Award.

Why should your school take part?

Designed with teaching professionals and free to take part in, participation in the Award will help to;

  • Boost student engagement and enhance learning with real-world examples
  • Promote collaboration and team leadership
  •  Improve confidence and self-esteem
  • Build relationships with the wider community to benefit your school

how to get involved

To recognise your students in this Save the Children initiative, your school commits to organising three fundraising activities and one campaigning activity across the academic year, with a fundraising pledge of £600.

See our fundraising ideas here

How we helped Harriet*

Harriet puts her hand up in the classroom.


"When a girl child is given a chance, she can do what a boy child can do,” says 14-year-old Harriet. In a refugee settlement in Uganda this confident, smiling student is showing just what girls are capable of.

When Harriet’s family were forced to flee South Sudan, she was afraid she would never get back to school. But then she joined our Accelerated Learning Programme for child refugees – and her learning took off.

Now, Harriet’s caught up on the education she missed, and is doing brilliantly at school. She’s even been chosen as Head Girl by the other pupils. This top student is determined to become a lawyer, and make life better for people in South Sudan. “I’m going to change the world! she says.

Book a Speaker

To help make your event as educational as possible, why not arrange for a Save the Children speaker to come and talk to your group about how the money they raise will help? To find out if we have a speaker in your area, contact our team 0207 012 6400 or by email: fundraising@savethechildren.org.uk

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