Five of our favourite fundraising ideas while donations are being doubled

Back to all stories | Posted on 13 November 15 in Fundraising

Pop-In to the Pop-Up Restaurant

Ever thought about opening up your kitchen or dining room as a restaurant for a night? Our fabulous fundraiser Shelagh knows from experience that this is a brilliant way to raise both funds and awareness for Mary’s Meals. Shelagh is planning a few ‘pop-up restaurant’ evenings before Christmas to make as much as possible while donations are being doubled.

Shelagh’s tips:

  • Invite a group of friends who would enjoy dining together; 
  • Plan a simple but tasty menu that you can manage to prepare on the night; 
  • Contact Mary’s Meals to request leaflets, posters, magazines, or any other resources you might need; 
  • Ask your guests to place their donation in an envelope at the end of the night (Mary’s Meals can provide branded envelopes for each of your guests).

Make Good Art

Do you have a creative streak? Why not get busy with arts and crafts ahead of the traditional Christmas-giving season. 

There are plenty of Festive Fayres where you can take a stall to sell your creations and make some money for Mary’s Meals! 

If you’re in Scotland in November, our very own Mary’s Meals Day (Glasgow, Sunday November 22nd) is the perfect place to sell your creations. Contact us for further information on 0141 336 7094 or email

Onesie More For Christmas

One very easy way to help Mary’s Meals this winter is to suggest having a ‘Onesie Day’ in your workplace or school. 

On Friday 4 December, the staff in Mary’s Meals’ Glasgow office will be donning their favourite all-in-one to work and paying £1 for the privilege. 

Host your Onesie Day before December 28th and the UK Government will match every pound you raise! [If you’re wondering why this headline sounds familiar, check out our Christmas campaign – One More For Christmas]

Bakes, Cakes, and Shakes

Bake sales are great fun – those who love baking can roll their sleeves up, while those who love tasting can pay for the pleasure! 

You can offer a range of cakes and tray-bakes and even fruit shakes if you’d like to offer a healthier option. Remember, plenty of tasty baking recipes use porridge as an ingredient. 

This is a perfect way to bring Mary’s Meals up in conversation as this is what we feed many chronically hungry children who receive Mary’s Meals across the world! 

Make Your Lunch Count

Why not donate the cost of your lunch to Mary’s Meals and have it doubled by the UK Government? 

For example, if you donate just £3 between now and 28 December 2015, you can feed not 50 but 100 children with a meal in school!

Mary’s Meals fundraising team is on hand to provide advice and resources to help make your fundraising a success. Our communications team would also love to help you publicise your efforts through our own channels and local press, so please keep in touch and let us know what you’re planning. We can even arrange for a volunteer speaker to attend your event and talk about the charity to maximise efforts and reach new supporters.

Take the next step and get in touch.