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Are you a member or a leader of the Scouts, Guides, Cadets or another group that works with young people? Do you want to get them involved in fundraising for Blind Veterans UK while also having fun and learning vital life skills?

Our fundraising activities are a great way for young people to earn awards and acknowledgements.

Organising and hosting a fundraising activity is a great way to develop skills in teamworking, leadership and taking the initiative. Individual tasks can be linked to developing other skills that young people need to demonstrate to achieve your internal awards, while also fulfilling volunteer hour requirements for external programmes such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Explore our suggested activities or encourage your group to get creative and come up with their own ideas, which could help them achieve an award in itself! Don’t forget to tell us about your plans so we can support and celebrate your efforts.

 

 

Try out these activities with your youth group

Power Up Take on our 30-day military-style boot camp challenge, and get in shape while supporting blind veterans.
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Brew Up Host a tea party so the kids can enjoy some goodies while helping blind veterans
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A Cadet from Wilson's School playing basketball for a fundraiser

Cadets walk, run, swim and cycle to help blind veterans

Hundreds of Cadets took on a range of tasks based on The 2.6 Challenge, which was set up to help charities replace funds lost due to the pandemic.

The Cadets at Wilson's School Combined Cadet Force in Sutton, South London were happy to have something to distract them during lockdown. Between them, they walked 26 kilometres, ran 26 miles, cycled 260 kilometres and much more, aiming to raise £2,600. Chris Burton, Contingent Commander, said:

“We decided to take full advantage of the free time that lockdown offered by challenging the Cadets to take on a 2.6 Challenge.
"It’s provided a real sense of togetherness and purpose for the Cadets during lockdown. Blind Veterans UK was selected because one of our unit officer’s friends is a beneficiary and his life has been greatly changed because of the charity."

More fundraising ideas

  • Walk, hike or run – set up a route, get sponsorship and ask a local café or pub to lay on some grub at the end. 
  • Football – organise a five-a-side tournament or hold a sweepstake on a big match's results.
  • Penalty shoot-out – talk to your local team about donating some signed kit and charge players a small entry fee to beat the goalie.
  • Swimming – set your group a distance target and get people to sponsor you per length.
  • Dog walking – get your group to walk people's dogs in exchange for donations. 
  • Bag packing – ask your local supermarket if your group can pack bags and ask customers for donations.
  • Give something up – get your group to abstain from something for a week in exchange for sponsorship. 
  • Quiz night – flex your general knowledge muscles and set up a quiz. Ask players for a small entry fee, and see if local businesses will donate prizes for the winners.
  • Auction – silent auctions can bring in big money, especially if you make it a black-tie event. Ask local businesses to donate items or services to auction off. Or ask attendees to donate services like window cleaning and grass cutting. 

"Blind Veterans UK brought me back to the world and put me back in touch with everything a normal able-bodied sighted person could do."

Rob
Blind veteran
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You can help us to turn blind veterans' lives around

We believe that no one who served their country should face sight loss alone

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Tens of thousands

of blind veterans across the UK still need our support

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697

doorstep deliveries of emergency food and medication were made by our staff and volunteers in the past year

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184 online social groups were run by our staff in 2020/21, so our veterans could stay connected and combat isolation

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