There's no better way to get into the Christmas spirit then with some festive fundraising. Here's some inspiration to get you go-ho-hoing...Tell us your idea
Stick on those festive beats, gather some wrapping paper, nibbles and drinks, invite friends and family and the local community to your event and charge a fee. All you need is a venue, which could simple be your house, drive, school or community centre as well as table to set up your station.
There are lots of fabulous ways to organise a talent show. Here are a few things to consider: Where will it be held? Can anyone sign up to the show? Will there be a prize for the winner? Will there be a judge panel, or will the audience decide the winner? Entry fee? The world is your oyster when is comes to talent shows!
Get those wild and wacky woolies on and get festive at your school or office this Christmas. Ask participants for a donation for wearing their jingle bell jumpers, raising funds for a fantastic cause. We would love to see your seasonal selfies, so don't forget to tag us in your pictures @emctrust.
Out with the old in with the new. Stick on the classic Christmas tunes and have a festive clear out. Declutter for good by selling unwanted items on eBay, Vinted or Depop and donate the money to the Trust. *Tip - Get inspired by watching Tidying up with world-renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo available on Netflix she will show you how to clear out the clutter and choose joy.
Grab the tinsel, switch on the fairy lights and dazzle your desk to victory. Have an office competition on who can have the best desk décor. Everyone participating pays an entry fee and can vote on their favourite desk. Have a sweepstake where 50% of the money raised goes to the Trust and the other 50% goes in the winner's pocket!
Make cards and decorations with your family and friends to be passed on for a donation, or arrange a virtual meet up and get crafty together! Donate the price of what you would have spent on meeting up or why not sell your creations at the local Christmas fair or on Etsy. You can find tonnes of awesome ideas on Pintrest.
Host a Netflix Party and watch your favourite festive movies with your friends and family from afar. Donate what you all would have spent on going to the cinema and buying snacks, while making a night of it at home.
If you live near the coast or a lido, get sponsored to take a chilly Boxing Day or New Year dip. Add a Santa hat to make your splash more festive! Get a group together or challenge yourself and take on the winter water. Join the Trust's Dare to Dip JustGiving campaign and tag us in your pics @emctrust using the #DaretoDip to prove you took the plunge.
Charity game nights are a fun, interactive way to raise funds. Whether it be showing off your skills and live streaming yourself or inviting your friends to join in with a virtual tournament. Create a JustGiving page to allow people to donate their spectator or participation fee.
Put forward the Trust as the office charity and ask for that usual Secret Santa tenner to be go to a the Trust. Think what a huge difference this collection would make this year. Or, suggest all those who normally take part in your Secret Santa pick their own charity to donate to, and choose the Trust as your personal beneficiary this year.
Dealing with the old firs in the wake of Christmas is a bore many must face. Why not flip this frowning activity upside down and generate some good from it? Let your community know about your Christmas tree collecting service and ask for a donation. All you need is a big boot and a hoover for when you are finished!
For the fellow scrooges who don’t want to join in with the festive frolics but want to give this Christmas. Why not suggest they donate their last hour of pay for the year – it may seem like small change, but it can make a BIG difference.