Fundraising at school

We have a large amount of support among children and young adults, and you can join in the fun, too. Please download our fundraising guide for schools and young people (PDF)!

Fundraising in primary schools

Blur drummer Dave Rowntree with a young man at a Sense Drumathon eventIdeas for ages 5 to 11 years:

  • Take part in our Drumathon event. We need your support to make an even bigger bang around the UK! Make a drum, choose a beat, make a difference!
  • Challenge your class to a sponsored silence
  • Auction your teacher to do your homework
  • Hold a silly hair day
  • Bring in favourite board games for a fun and educational activity
  • Dress in your own clothes or get dressed-up for the day to raise money
  • Why not help your parents around the house, getting sponsored per chore
  • Get the whole year group to collect as many copper coins as possible from friends and family. Explain to them you are making a giant copper coin eye to raise awareness and money for Sense

With your support this year will see more pupils and teachers getting creative in their schools and drumming-up support for Sense in their local community.

Fundraising in secondary schools and colleges

Fundraisers wearing Sense T-shirts cheeringIdeas for ages 11 to 18 years:

  • Why not organise a football tournament with a difference? Use ear defenders or ear plugs so you are playing football in silence
  • Work with your music teacher on a concert in school for parents
  • Sponsored competition such as music, poetry, dance, swim, cycling, etc
  • Hold a car wash at your school
  • Have a 'wear your own clothes' day or themed day, for example, orange and purple (the Sense colours)
  • Organise a bag pack at your local supermarket
  • Why not form a fundraising committee and support us all year round?

We can offer branded materials and advice to help make your event a success. Please contact your local fundraiser for more information about fundraising at your school or college on 0300 330 9257 or email

First published: Monday 28 May 2012
Updated: Tuesday 11 August 2015