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Virtual Fundraising Spring 2021

As we continue though these changing times, Manchester Mind is so grateful for your support. As a local Mind association, we raise our own funds each year to keep local services running, so with your help we can continue to be here for local people in emotional and mental distress. During the current crisis our services continue to be delivered remotely.

We have gathered together some virtual ideas to inspire your fundraising plans, but if you need any help please get in touch as we are here, ready and waiting to support you each step of the way.

Seasonal Fundraising

Declutter your wardrobe
Is it time to get into the “Marie Kondo” spirit and address the chaos of your unloved closet and drawers? Generate charity donations by selling items that no longer “spark joy” on Depop, Vinted or Preloved – it’ll create harmony in your home and make space for what matters. Or host a clothes swap party and ask for £10 per 2 items in aid of Manchester Mind through your JustGiving page.

Sowing the seeds of love
Now is the perfect time to get your hands in the soil and plant your favourite seeds. Encourage friends and family to get involved and watch your flowers and vegetables grow. For every seedling that thrives, make a small donation to Manchester Mind, or wait a little longer to sell mature plants to neighbours and friends. The green ideas are endless.

Wellbeing and Fitness

Lockdown Virtual Challenge
If you’re missing the chance to participate in your favourite annual run, recreate the experience by plotting the route around your local neighbourhood. There are now hundreds of virtual challenges to try – from simple to super ambitious! What might appeal to you, solo or as a team challenge? Download our new info pack for ideas and get in touch.

Big kids and little kids get fit!
If you want to encourage your kids to get active, why not connect with the Youth Sports Trust, who are offering free after school sessions. Get together with other local parents for motivation and create your JustGiving page to gather small donations for each week the kids complete. Or share free online fitness classes aimed at juniors (examples here) or ask local fitness instructors if they might be willing to support your “charity club” with live sessions. Visit the NHS website for 10 minute shake up games that might be ideal fun too…

Fundraise with work colleagues

Stafternoon tea
If you’re missing a chat with colleagues over a cuppa, host a zoom Stafternoon, it’s a great way to connect and you can donate the cost of tea (and Easter Eggs!) to Manchester Mind. Or if your weekly team video calls feel stale, commit to a dress up theme, create a team page and charge £15 for anyone not in costume at each meeting!

Super steppers
Challenge your team to take on a collective goal, such as climbing the height of Ben Lomond using their home staircase over 31 days, or focus on individual walking routes that make up the average commute to and from the office. Then create your JustGiving page and ask all your contacts to make a small donation per mile or overall distance achieved. Good luck everyone…

Community Fundraising

Spring Garden Party
Enjoy a sunshine lunch in the safety of your garden, inviting immediate neighbours to do the same. Play some music and enjoy a feeling of togetherness over the fence, as the warmer weather begins. Follow up by inviting the whole street to your charity “rate my picnic” – with each house making a £10 donation to your JustGiving page – with a vote for the best spread and simple gift going to the winning neighbour.

Book Club
Turn off Netflix and start a community of book-lovers! Get together each week or once a month online to discuss an inspiring book of everyone’s choice. Find ways to raise vital funds for Manchester Mind by creating your own club page, asking for a small regular members’ fee, or even host an ambitious author “meet and greet” event with your favourite writers!

We trust these ideas bloom in your imagination, but let us know your plans as we are here to offer encouragement and support along the way:


We know that the lifting of all existing restrictions with regard to COVID-19 will for many people be a relief and be welcome, but for others it will be causing great anxiety.

As an organisation we need to ensure that we are managing these changes carefully and have a service update detailing how we will be responding over the coming months.

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