Get involved in our Fundraising Challenge and raise vital funds to support your BB group!

As part of looking ahead to the new session, we have spent time thinking about the impact that Covid-19 will have had on your ability to secure funds for your Company; subs may not have been paid and fundraising events may have been cancelled. We would specifically like to invite you to look at your fundraising needs, and what you need to support your Company over the coming weeks and months. And that’s where the Fundraising Challenge fits in. 

We have already seen Companies raising funds through activities such as the Three Peaks Challenge. 1st Bothwell have raised over £900 from this particular event 

We know that we have been living through uncertain times. And we know that there is more uncertainty ahead. Something that we are certain of, however, is that the profile of The Boys’ Brigade in local communities has been fantastic where Companies have been using #BBatHOME. All your effort so far provides you with an opportunity to inspire support for your year ahead. 

The Fundraising Challenge will be a great opportunity to bring your group together (either virtually or socially distanced face-to-face). Groups could encourage not just children and young people to take part, 

but leaders, parents/carers, Church members and the wider community. We hope it will not just raise vital funds, but also help to raise the profile of your group in the local community. 

To help with the Fundraising Challenge, we’ve created a range of resources including social media graphics, a template sponsor form, template press release and editable certificates for you to use. We have also provided a template email that you are free to use to engage with parents/careers. In addition to the above, we would encourage you all to share your experiences (challenges, difficulties and successes) on the Leaders group on Facebook.

Use of online fundraising pages through JustGiving, Facebook, Virgin Money Giving and others would be encouraged, and will make it easy for groups to encourage sponsorship and do so without physically collecting money etc. Alternatively, more traditional methods could be used with sponsorship forms and money collected via bank transfer etc, with individuals collecting sponsorship and transferring through online bank transfers. 

Please do share what you are planning and let us know how you get on by getting in touch with us at bbathome@boys-brigade.org.uk or sharing on our Leaders group on Facebook.

Fundraising Challenge Ideas

Take on a Fundraising Challenge collectively as a group, a virtual team effort – we have put together a range of ideas to help get you going:

  • Walking or Running: a Marathon (26.2 miles), Belfast to Dublin (104 miles), Edinburgh to Aberdeen  (121 miles), London to Cardiff (150 miles), Birmingham to Newcastle (206 miles), Glasgow to Thurso (276 miles). 
  • Climbing 3 Peaks: Taking on the 3 biggest peaks in England (Scafell Pike), Scotland (Ben Nevis) and Wales (Snowdon) by collectively climbing the same height – all participants need is access to a staircase. Climb a huge 16,965 steps to reach equivalent height of the 3 highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales, an incredible 3,393 metres – and that’s just the way up! The combined total is a whopping 33,930 steps, but we will let you decide whether to take on this double challenge! (Steps calculated based on each step being average of 20cm in height).
    • Snowdon – 1,085 metres elevation or 5,425 steps up
    • Scafell Pike – 964 metres elevation or 4,820 steps up
    • Ben Nevis – 1,344 metres elevation or 6,720 steps up
  • Climbing 4 Peaks: Taking on the 3 biggest peaks in England (Scafell Pike), Northern Ireland (Slieve Donard), Scotland (Ben Nevis) and Wales (Snowdon) by collectively climbing the same height – all participants need is access to a staircase. Climb a huge 21,215 steps to reach equivalent height of all four of the UK’s best known highest peaks, an incredible 4,243 metres – and that’s just the way up! The combined total is a whopping 42,430 steps, but we will let you decide whether to take on this double challenge! (Steps calculated based on each step being average of 20cm in height).
    • Snowdon – 1,085 metres elevation or 5,425 steps up
    • Scafell Pike – 964 metres elevation or 4,820 steps up
    • Ben Nevis – 1,344 metres elevation or 6,720 steps up
    • Slieve Donard – 850 metres elevation or 4,250 steps up
  • Danceathon/Singathon: Take on a continuous danceathon or singathon and get young people, leaders and supporters joining in a continuous session on Zoom or a similar platform – keep it going for 1/2/3 hours or whatever suits your group.  
  • Triathlon: Create your own triathlon by encouraging people of all ages to take on one of or all 3 sports. Traditionally the sports are running, cycling and swimming – but you can change these up – whilst running and cycling will both be possible, swimming will be a challenge, but consider replacing this with rowing (you don’t need a rowing machine – you could use exercise bands or no equipment at all) or another sport or specific exercise for your own unique triathlon.  
  • Bounceathon: Think big like 10k, 50k or even 100k – challenge your group to bounce a ball off the wall and catch it. 

Alternatively, come up with your own unique Fundraising Challenge.

Fundraising Challenge Resources

Check out all the resources available to support you and your group: