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Raise money with your colleagues

Fundraising in the workplace never fails to raise a company-wide smile – not to mention a whole lot of money for a good cause. Of course in the time of a pandemic your workplace is fairly likely to be your own home, meaning that fundraising events with colleagues need to be run online.

If you’re still going to a physical workplace a charity cook-off is a great idea. Entrants pay an entry fee, which goes to your chosen charity, and your colleagues judge their favourite dish. A virtual version of a cook-off is tricky but not impossible: homemade baked goods such as brownies or cookies can be sent through the mail – you’ll need ziploc bags, silver foil, a sturdy box and bubble wrap. Entrants can send each other baked goods ahead of a live judging/eating session over video conferencing software. Just remember to find out if anyone has allergies before you get stuck in.

A fun run is another great fundraising idea for work colleagues – and is particularly relevant if you’re participating in the Virgin Money London Marathon. If it’s possible to do it as a group you can all head to a park near your workplace. But there’s no reason why this can’t be done virtually, with colleagues all running 5K near their own homes to raise money for charity. Similarly, a lunchtime fitness session can be a fantastic way to raise funds if there’s someone on your team blessed with skills in yoga, tai chi or pilates. A half hour exercise session can be fun, energy-boosting, and team-building – and the whole thing can easily be done online via a video conferencing platform.

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