It’s not just extreme challenges like running a marathon or trekking across the desert that make a difference for people with MS. We receive vital funding each year thanks to people who organise street collections, coffee mornings, sell cakes or take on their own personal challenges. There are lots of fun things you can do along with friends, family and colleagues to help raise funds and awareness this festive season.

Get your bake on!Christmas Cake Off

Are you a fan of the Great British Bake Off? Then perhaps you’d like to get involved with our Christmas Cake Off! You could organise a cake sale or baking competition and you’ll find that people are very willing to part with a few pounds for some delicious home-made cakes. Perhaps you work somewhere that would let you run a cake stall one lunchtime? If your colleagues are anything like the staff here at the MS Trust then the cakes won’t stick around for long.

Find out how you raise some dough for the MS Trust by holding a Christmas Cake Off. 

Get your festive knitwear on!

Another great idea for work or school is to hold a Christmas jumper day. Charge £1 for those who wear something Christmassy and £2 for those who don’t! People with Christmas jumpers will be pleased to have an excuse to wear their seasonal knitwear out in public so why not exploit this festive fashion for the benefit of people with MS?

If you’re at home during the day, perhaps you would like to follow the suggestion of one of our supporters and join in online with Festive Wear Day for MS.

Reindeer Rally

Children taking part in a Reindeer RallyIf you have connections to any youth groups or schools you might be interested in our Reindeer Rally. Contact us for a pack and we’ll provide reindeer masks for each child which they can decorate and wear for a sponsored run or obstacle race.

Sarah, who is a Rainbow and Brownie Leader, organised a Reindeer Rally last year with members of Girlguiding Dalton District. She said, “As someone who has MS I have really appreciated the support of the MS Trust, especially the clear information they provide. I thought the Reindeer Rally would be an excellent opportunity to involve the girls in service to the wider community. We visited South Lakes Safari Zoo, suitably adorned with antlers and seasonal attire, to complete a trail around the zoo and feed the reindeer. When all the sponsor money came in, we’d raised £1,000.”

Antlers at the ready! Sign up to our Reindeer Rally here. 

Santa RunSanta Run

We also a few places left for the Santa Run in Victoria Park, London on 4 December. You can run, walk or wheel the 5K or 10K route around the park, dressed in your free Santa suit. Kids over the age of 8 can also take part and you can even bring the dog.

Find out more about the Santa Run. Ho, ho, ho! 

If you don’t like the sound of any of this, we’re sure we can find something for you. Kelly and Donna in our community fundraising team love to hear from anyone who would like to get involved in fundraising, whether you want to go carol singing, organise a quiz night, pack bags at your local supermarket or order a collection tin to put in a shop or pub.

However much you can raise, it all helps to make sure that no one has to manage MS alone. And we will make sure that you are not alone in your fundraising efforts by providing lots of support, fundraising materials and encouragement along the way.

This story is part of the November 2016 issue of our free quarterly newsletter Open Door. Sign up for your free subscription!