Our lives have changed in so many different ways, our daily routines are out the window and for many people planned fundraising events and activities for their chosen charities have been cancelled or postponed.

But, the good news is that you can still support your chosen charity even during ‘lockdown’.

  1. Donate to your favourite charity’s crisis appeal
    Many charities have launched crisis appeals during the coronavirus pandemic.For some these are to help make up the shortfall of funds lost as grant funds are paused, fundraising by businesses has stopped and their charity shops have closed.For others, this is to create new support services to meet the changing needs of the people they support or to expand existing services due to increased demand.

    If you’re not in a position to support the appeal yourself, why not share it on your social media and tell your family and friends why you support this charity.

    It might just encourage someone else to make a donation.

  2. Donate the cost of your daily coffee
    We are seeing lots of people on social media reporting that they are missing their daily coffee hit, why not donate the cost of your takeaway coffee to your chosen charity.

    It might not seem like much but every donation will make a huge difference.

  3. Online shopping
    As our shopping habits change during Coronavirus and even more of us become reliant on Amazon for even our daily essentials, AmazonSmile is the perfect way to support a charity close to your heart.AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com.The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organisation of your choice.

    When you first land on the AmazonSmile you will be prompted to nominate your charity, after that you just need to remember to begin your shopping from the AmazonSmile homepage.

    Such an easy way to support your favourite causes.

  4. Virtual fitness challenge
    Lots of us are using this extra time to work on our fitness levels. Why not make this into a virtual fitness challenge?Set yourself a challenge, tell your friends about it, set up a fundraising page using JustGiving or a similar online fundraising platform.Use what you’ve got, it could be to run a 5km 10km or half marathon in your garden, complete 1000 burpees, air squats or push-ups.

    Keep your friends up to date on your progress via social media.

  5. De-clutter
    If a fitness challenge isn’t your thing Why not have a de-clutter and sell your unwanted items on e-Bay and donate the proceeds to your favourite charity?Post Offices are now located in many supermarkets and are still open during the pandemic.Just make sure that you combine shopping for essential items with posting your items.

    Do not make unnecessary journeys and practise social distancing when you are away from your home.

  1. Host an online event
    There are not many of us who haven’t used Zoom/Google Hangouts/HouseParty over the past few weeks.Whether it be for work or to stay connected with friends or family.But why not host an online event and ask for donations to be made to a charity important to you.

    You could host an online quiz, a cocktail making tutorial, a cookery or baking lesson.

    Use your skills and get creative.

These are just a few suggestions of how you can continue to support your chosen charities.

If you are doing anything exciting to fundraise get in touch email info@willtogive.org.org.s214960.gridserver.com and tell us about it.