Fundraising at School

Fundraising at your school is an amazing way of raising awareness and helping us to continue to be there for people and families affected by eating disorders. It’s also great fun!

While eating disorders can affect anyone of any age, girls and young women are at particular risk. Schools can play a valuable role in encouraging discussion around eating disorders, and fundraising creates a great opportunity for that.

There are lots of ways you can get involved. Whether you have your own ideas, or you would like to take part in one of Beat’s events, we are here to make your fundraising event a success!

If your school has its own annual event and you want to donate to Beat this year, we are here to help as well. Get in touch to order leaflets, posters and fundraising resources, such as balloons, flags, stickers, posters, and collection buckets.

You will find a list of fundraising ideas below, but we love hearing your ideas and lots of schools come up with really creative and unique events. Let us know yours by getting in touch at fundraising@beateatingdisorders.org.uk or by calling 01603 753308.

Ideas for fundraising in your school

  • Non-school uniform day, fun accessories day or virtual fancy dress day – to help Celebrate You and what makes you unique!
  • Dance-A-Thon – virtually or on the school fields, everyone can take part.
  • Walk & Talk – whether it’s virtually at home or laps around the school field, choose a school target, then download our sponsorship forms or set up a school Just Giving page, so family and friends can support you.
  • Sport tournaments - teachers vs students or class vs class.
  • School quiz – teachers or students can write the rounds to test your school’s trivia knowledge!
  • Games day or dodgeball are another way of having fun whilst fundraising.
  • Eco-day – either create upcycled art, pick up litter in your community, plant seeds...
  • Virtual crochet or knit-a-thon with other pupils to knit hats, socks, blankets, etc...
  • Make handmade cards.
  • Have a social media break – set a target for the whole school and start clocking these mindful hours!
  • Donate acts of kindness - household/school chores, litter picking, car washing or singing songs in a nursing home, etc.
  • Bake sale, book sale, clear out sale.
  • Talent show, fashion show.

Download our “Celebrate You” activity game to get creative and encourage other students to celebrate what makes them unique and individual as they decorate each section of the Beat logo. Bring all of the designs together to create a school collage.

DOWNLOAD YOUR CELEBRATE YOU POSTER

Once you have your fundraising idea, you can get started by contacting your school council or Head Teacher to ask for permission to fundraise at school.

Use our template letter below that you can personalise to request a fundraising day at your school. If you need extra leaflets order them here.

Dear (Name of your head teacher or school council),

I am writing to you to request permission to hold an (ACTIVITY) on (DATE) at school. I want to raise awareness of eating disorders at school and fundraise to support Beat’s support services which help thousands of people affected every year.1.25 million people in the UK have an eating disorder and as you may know, eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that can affect anyone, at any age. School students can be vulnerable to developing an eating disorder due to the academic pressures at school, eating with others and social anxieties. Beat’s support services are available for those that have an eating disorder and for their friends and family members too. It costs £25 for posters and information to be displayed in schools and universities and their Helpline services are completely free to use and open 365 days of the year. (Add a section about why you would like your school to be involved.)

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter and consider my request.

Yours sincerely,
(YOUR NAME)

If you need extra resources or want to chat through your plans, call us on 01603 753308.

Once your plans are finalised and you have the support of your school, you can kickstart your fundraising by creating a Just Giving page for Beat.

Our Supporter Promise

Beat exists to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. Our success is entirely dependent on people like you - our donors, fundraisers and supporters.

We are committed to being open and honest in all we do and treating you with the respect you deserve, so we have made a promise to you.