How we raised £130,000?

As you know, last summer I ventured to Japan with the Scouts – a truly memorable and life changing experience.

But it wasn’t easy.

For this to happen, as a team we had to raise £130,000 in about 2 years.

2 years seems like a relatively long time? But in reality we were holding events every weekend and still only just reached our limit. 2 years was certainly a very tight amount of space.

But we did it!

And as a student wishing to travel, and seeing friends of mine be in a similar position, we are all looking for every way possible to get some money for our year ahead! Now, obviously it can be risky trying to fundraise when it doesn’t involve a direct charity. But so long as you don’t particularly go too overboard and maybe stay local, you’ll be okay. And if you’re planning on doing a volunteering trip then fundraise away really!

Raising money is hard, especially the initial first few steps into it, so I have devised some tips and ideas I have learnt over those few years whilst collecting £130,000! (Which is about £3,000 each).


  • Coin together a realistic weekly/monthly plan of what you want to raise and stick to it!
  • Plan your events carefully depending on the time of year – not much point doing a car wash in winter as both you and the customer won’t want to be stood outside in the cold that long!
  • Remember that holding events costs money – you want to make a profit. Take into account when/where/who so you get the best out of this.
  • Don’t constantly beg family and close friends for money, move around areas a bit.
  • If you’re well organised and know how much your trip will cost, plan well in advance and give yourself plenty of time.
  • Don’t do too much of the same thing in the same place – mix it up!


  • Bake sales
  • Sponsored walk/run/cycle
  • Car wash
  • Quiz nights
  • Sponsored skydive
  • Scavenger hunt/Easter egg hunt
  • Duck race
  • Auction/Blind auction
  • Sell homemade Christmas cards
  • Gig/Music night
  • Jumble sale
  • Carboot sale
  • Contact local businesses for donations
  • Litter pick
  • Busking
  • Bag packing

These particular ideas worked really well for us and were probably the things we did frequently. And don’t cost a lot to run so they are easy to make some money with!

I really hope this has helped some people or was just interesting to read how we raised that much money!

Until next time lovelies,

Em x




  1. 18/09/2016 / 5:21 pm

    I know a few people who’ve been to Japan through Scouting & Guiding – a couple went to jambo & one went with her unit. It’s so much work just to fundraise for national camps, let alone international! You raised an insane amount, that’s incredible!

    • 18/09/2016 / 5:25 pm

      Ahh no way! I hope they had a great time! It was an insane amount, and was so much work! A lot more than some of us thought! Thank you so much lovely!

      • 18/09/2016 / 5:27 pm

        Yeah 🙂 I thought about going to Jambo as IST but I didn’t want to be doing loads of fundraising etc while at uni! I’m a brownie leader though so lots of organising went on to take them on pack holiday haha!

        • 18/09/2016 / 5:31 pm

          Ahhh that makes sense! It was a struggle doing it with GCSEs and AS levels so I can’t imagine how it’d be with uni!! Aww lovely! Aha!

  2. Jessica Emily
    19/09/2016 / 4:06 pm

    Wow this is amazing! You should be very proud 🙂 some great Fund raising ideas here too. Well done you 💖 X

    • 19/09/2016 / 4:07 pm

      Aww thank you so much lovely!💖

  3. Marta (@atrrraM)
    19/09/2016 / 4:15 pm

    wow what an achievement! Well done guys, I could never do that

    • 19/09/2016 / 4:17 pm

      We were all so shocked and amazed when we hit the target! Thank you so much!

  4. Tolaraye
    19/09/2016 / 4:18 pm

    Such a great read! x

    • 19/09/2016 / 4:19 pm

      Thank you! x

    • 19/09/2016 / 4:09 pm

      Thank you! As do I, it’s interesting to see how people do it, in the smaller ways as well as the large!

  5. 19/09/2016 / 4:10 pm

    These are great ideas and great ways to fund / raise funds for trips! I hope you had an amazing time. X

    • 19/09/2016 / 4:15 pm

      Thank you! It was incredible thank you lovely! x

  6. 19/09/2016 / 4:29 pm

    These are some really good ideas so thank you for sharing! Also, well done for managing to raise so much money!

    • 19/09/2016 / 4:30 pm

      Its okay lovely! Thank you for reading and thank you so much! x

  7. Becky
    19/09/2016 / 4:35 pm

    Congrats!! That’s amazing. You’ve listed some really good ideas. I’d love to do some fundraising whether it be raising money for charity, or funding a trip etc, It would be hard work but some aspects would be fun, working with other people and getting the community involved! I bet Japan is incredible, you’re so lucky!
    Becky Shannon xx – Life-by-Becky

    • 19/09/2016 / 4:40 pm

      Thank you so much! It is a lot of work, but is 100% worth it! It’s really fun and you spread word of either trips or charities in the community! And you can learn so much from it believe it or not! Japan is amazing, thank you so much! xx

    • 19/09/2016 / 4:48 pm

      Ahh than you so much!! x

  8. 21/09/2016 / 7:44 pm

    Hey! Loved this post! I’m currently in the process of arranging a blogger event as part of the GRLPOWRCHAT group in a aid of youngminds charity. Id love for you to get involved (if you wanted to ofc!) dm me on Twitter? @theblondecafe_ xxx

    • 21/09/2016 / 7:46 pm

      Thank you so much! That’s amazing I would absolutely love to!! I’ll drop you a message now lovely xxx

    • 22/09/2016 / 12:29 pm

      Messaged you lovely xxx

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