Raise funds in your community

How about organising your own event, getting involved in an activity being held locally, or deciding to set yourself your own challenge?

However you choose to raise funds for NRAS it will make a difference to people living with RA, their families and carers.

Whether it's getting involved with a local community activity or organising your own event, fundraising should be fun and it's a great way of raising awareness.

Activities in your local area

There is always something you can do to raise money for NRAS. Take part in a local run, sponsored swim or cycle ride, take a stall at your local market or fete and sell cakes or second hand books. If you're not sure what you want to do, download our fundraising pack for lots of ideas and tips. Or think of your own idea and tell us what you are doing! 

Emma cycles for NRAS

Emma Hannis recently completed a 50 mile cycle in aid of NRAS. She says,

Emma Hannis

"In 2008, at the age of 21, I was diagnosed with RA. I was barely able to walk. Since then, Dr Jenkins from the Royal National Hospital of Rheumatic Diseases has managed my condition so well that my disease is now in remission.

The support and reassurance I received from NRAS and the team at the hospital made me want to show my appreciation. So, for the first time in over 4 years, I got on a bike and started training with the help of my boyfriend, Dave. 

In September 2012, we cycled 50 miles at the Wiltshire Big Wheel Ride and raised over £200 for NRAS. Those 5 hours and 20 minutes were the hardest and most gratifying of my life."

Thank you so much Emma and well done, what an achievement!

Organise Your Own Event

How about a Christmas Ball, New Years Eve Party, Art and Craft Display, Race Night, Music Festival... the list is never ending! If you would like to discuss holding an event in aid of NRAS email us or call the fundraising team on 01628 501547. We would love to hear from you. Our fundraising pack has some useful tips and hints on organising an event - to download a copy click here

Bouncing for NRAS!

A team of 9 took part in a very unusual challenge in August - to attempt to break the record for the world’s longest bouncing marathon on a bouncy castle! The record was 30 hours and the aim was to break this by bouncing for 36 hours non-stop. Sian, the daughter of one of the Weston Super Mare NRAS Group coordinators, who took part said,

Sian Beckingham

"Not everyone realises how life changing RA can be and having a close member of the family suffering from it I have seen it first hand. That’s why I have chosen to support NRAS.’" 

The team were successful in breaking the record and Sian raised £254 for NRAS. What a great challenge! 

Challenge Yourself

Give up a treat - wine, chocolate, beer, get sponsored to lose weight or shave your head or even jump out of a plane at 10,000 feet! 

School children take on summer challenge!

children fundraisingFour young friends, Emily, Molly, Luke and Dani, got busy fundraising for NRAS in their summer holidays last year. 

Molly and Emily, both aged 10, launched their fundraising mission as Emily’s mum, Nicki, has RA. Emily said ‘We don’t like to see anyone in pain, especially my mum. No-one should suffer with the pain caused by this disease and we wanted to raise money to help people with RA.’ 

They organised a tea party, table top sale then and completed their mission by taking on the challenge of walking a staggering 21 miles in one day by completing 250 laps around Exmouth Road in Sale. They were joined by Emily’s cousin, Dani Heywood, 12 and neighbour, Luke Weader, 10, to become a determined team of four. Cheered on by neighbours and friends they completed their challenge despite some minor injuries. Emily said, "People suffer pain every day they just can’t walk away from it. I finished this walk for Mum and others like her.’"

Nicki said, "I am so proud of all four of them. It’s great that the children are raising money and awareness. It can affect anyone, young and old.’"

The fantastic four fundraisers plan to continue finding innovative ways to raise funds. What an inspirational group of young people!

Collection Boxes

Do you know a local shop which would be willing to have an NRAS collection box on the counter? Are you a member of a local club or community group which would be happy to have a collection box? Would you be prepared to help us with supermarket collections or high street collections in your local area? This is a great way of helping and of raising awareness too.

We are are always looking for volunteers to help us with these roles so if you can help please get in touch!

If you would like to talk to the fundraising team about your plans email us or call 01628 823524

To start raising your sponsorship online please click here to create your Virgin Money Giving page.

Download our Events Flyer here