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Join our army of Best For Ages supporters and help us on our mission to fight loneliness in later life. With almost three-quarters of older people in the UK identifying as lonely, your support has never been more important.

 

Whatever your fundraising idea, we’ve got a feeling it’s going to be the best for ages – and we have some fantastic FREE fundraising kits to help maximise your efforts. What are you waiting for?

 

 

 

Put your best foot forward to help give loneliness and isolation for older people the (muddy) boot. Download or order your free fundraising pack and get organising your very own sponsored walk.

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Got a knack for knowledge? Are you the Mastermind of your mates? Get the competition started by hosting your own quiz. It’s really simple to do – we can even provide all of the questions!

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From the humble chicken dinner to a nutritious nut roast, inviting your friends over and cooking up a feast can be a very tasty fundraiser. We’ve got lots of ideas to help turn your Yorkshire Puds into pounds.

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Brew up and bake your way to fundraising success with our Tea Party pack. Dust off the Victoria sponge, dish out the doilies and get your friends together for the Best Tea Party For Ages.

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Whether you walk, run, cycle or swim, push yourself to the limit for a century of sport to raise lots of cash.  Take on our 100 Challenge and work up a sweat to get that sponsorship rolling in.

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Encouraging your local church to hold a collection for older people is a great way to raise vital funds. We’ve got lots of great resources that might come in handy for a service to support reducing loneliness and isolation.

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Your fundraising pack

Here at Best For Ages we're always compiling new resources and initiatives to help maximise your fundraising so, together, we can improve the lives of even more older people across the UK.

 

Check out our fundraising pack which is bursting with ideas and inspiration to help make your fundraising activities or event a spectacular success.

What's included…

  • Key benefits of fundraising and why your donations is so important
  • How your funding will helps older people living in isolation
  • Great case studies from Best For Ages supporters
  • Suggestions and ideas of activities you can host to maximise funding
  • Guides on how to organise your own event
  • Information, tips, promotion rules and much more...

BEST FUNDRAISING IDEAS FOR AGES

Best 'Run' For Ages
Best 'Dress Up' for Ages

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now or request one in the post.


Best Tea Party for Ages

There are few things in life as satisfying as a good cup of tea. Add a few friends, a fun theme and maybe even a cake or two and you've got yourself a fantastic fundraising party idea.

 

Our Best Tea Party For Ages pack provides you with lots of inspiration to 'brew up' some brilliant fundraising and make a real difference for older people in the UK.

 

Step 1 - Download your pack


‘Brew up’ some brilliant fundraising. Download your free Tea Party pack now.

Step 2 - Plan & Prepare


Invite your friends, stick on the kettle and get baking to raise some money.

Step 3 - Party!


Have fun knowing you’re making a huge difference improving the lives of older people.

LET'S GET THIS TEA PARTY STARTED! - So don't 'stew' over it - get the kettle on and download your free fundraising pack today. Find Out More

How your money helps

Our pledge

By fundraising for Best For Ages, you are helping to connect older people in communities that care. Every penny of your donation will go further to reduce loneliness and isolation across the UK as well as funding award-winning music therapy in our dementia care homes. To learn more about our life-enhancing work, please visit the Your Impact page.

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£6 could help us deliver a week's Telebuddies service, providing a regular phone call to check on five isolated older people living alone.

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£50 could train a volunteer befriender for an isolated older person, helping to reduce loneliness and isolation in their own home.

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£180 could fund a Music Therapist for a day, working to reduce anxiety in four 1:1 sessions and one group session.

Supporter stories....
Check out some of our supporter stories to find out exactly how and why they have been going to extraordinary lengths in aid of our wonderful cause - Supporter Stories Find Out More

spread the word

Boost your fundraising, tell everyone about your challenge and spread the word about our vital work by publicising your efforts. Here are just a few tips...

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Share updates and images on Twitter and Facebook @BestForAges. Tag your posts with #BestForAges

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Share your story with a local newspaper to reach a wider audience. Need help? Get in touch with our Press Team. Email press@mha.org.uk

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Inspire colleagues and get closer to your fundraising target by putting posters up in your workplace

Spread the word and maximise your fundraising!

We've got lots of resources to help you hit your fundraising targets. To find out more, get in touch with the Fundraising Team by emailing FundraisingEnquiries@mha.org.uk or calling 01332 221641.

 

Gift Aid

If you're a UK tax payer you can Gift Aid your donations, making them worth 25% more to us, at no extra cost to you.

 

We can claim back the tax you have paid on your donation (25p for every £1 you donate) through Gift Aid.

 

This additional income really does make a big difference, so please don't forget to Gift Aid donations if you are a UK tax payer.

 

If you are a higher-rate tax payer you can also claim additional tax relief. For higher rate tax payers (paying tax at 40%) this works out as 25p for every £1 you donate and for the highest rate tax payers (paying tax at 50%) this works out as 37.5p for every £1 you donate.

Fundraising online

Creating a fundraising page online can massively boost your sponsorship. Start by uploading a photo, sharing your reasons for fundraising and setting yourself a target.

 

A large opening donation can have an impact on the average amount the rest of your supporters donate - so ask a generous friend or family member to get things going!

 

Matched funding

Some companies have a match-funding scheme which could double the amount you raise. Speak to your employer to see if you could take advantage of this.

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