The United Kingdom’s Biggest Annual Charity Events

Save the Children – Christmas Jumper Day

The popular annual event involves wearing the most Christmassy jumper to work or school for a £1 or £2 donation to the children’s charity.

Cancer Research UK – Dryathlon

Similar to Go Sober October, the Dryathlon challenges people to go alcohol-free for a month. The event takes place every January, once the binging and boozing of the festive season is done with.


Cancer Research UK – Relay for Life

The relay event is symbolic of how cancer never sleeps. It takes place all-year round and participants join up in teams to raise money. A 24-hour event is then held involving music, games, food and drink, as team members take turns walking around a track.

British Heart Foundation – London to Brighton Bike Ride

The 54-mile London to Brighton bike ride has proven an increasingly popular fundraising event. With a minimum sponsorship target of £200 per participant, riders set out early morning and have until 7pm to arrive in Brighton. The fundraiser welcomes cyclists aged 14 and above and turnout is regularly quite high!


Royal Marsden Hospital – Marsden March

The fourteen-mile-long march takes place between Royal Marsden’s hospitals in Chelsea and Sutton. The Marsden March was started in 2011, to raise funds for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity which supports people suffering from and affected by cancer.

Macmillan Cancer Support – Longest Day Golf Challenge

Taking place on the longest day of the year, around the 21st of June, the Macmillan fundraiser involves teams of four players playing four rounds of golf in one day. Figures from 2016 show that over 3,000 teams participated in the event across the UK.

Breast Cancer Now – Wear It Pink

The Wear It Pink fundraiser takes place in aid of Breast Cancer Now, which aims to combat breast cancer and contribute to research towards its eradication. The event involves wearing a pink item of clothing to work or school, as well as various fundraising activities encouraged by the charity. For those not wearing something pink, a small fine is incurred. Look out for #wearitpink on social media, around October time!


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