Virtual and at home fundraising As we work together to stop the spread of coronavirus you can still bring your friends and family together for an event in aid of Ovacome, the ovarian cancer charity by using video chat apps like House Party, Zoom and Skype. There are lots of fun ways you can raise money to support anyone affected by ovarian cancer during this difficult time and keep you connected to your loved ones. It is a great way to keep busy and get others involved in helping you organise the event. Below are a list of fun and accessible virtual fundraising ideas for you, your family and friends. If you'd like any help or advice from our team, or you'd like to talk through your plans, get in touch with Ellie on 07470 601 571 or at [email protected] . Ovacome Teal Walk Our Ovacome Teal Walk is a virtual ovarian cancer walk challenge where you set yourself a daily or weekly step target and ask friends and family to sponsor you. You can work this into your daily activity, whether indoors or outdoors, get your friends involved too and make it a competition! Find out more here. . Below are some fun ideas for fundraising events to help you raise money for ovarian cancer from home. Feel free to get creative and let us know what you have planned! Our team are here to support you, so do get in touch if you'd like to talk through your ideas. Call Ellie on 07470 601 571 or email [email protected] Host a virtual dinner party Using a video call service like Skype or Zoom, you can host a dinner party online. This is a great way to have family and friends connecting virtually, bringing loved ones together from all over the country (or the world!). It is a wonderful excuse to get dressed up and prepare some fine food. For some added fun set a menu for everyone to follow and award prizes for the best-looking dish. Ask everyone taking part to make a donation (perhaps of the amount that you would have saved by not eating out). You will all be supporting our services and ensuring that we can be there for those affected by ovarian cancer when they need us most. Donate directly through our website, or set up a fundraising page. Run a virtual cookery class If you fancy yourself a bit of a James Martin or Angela Hartnett, it is a great time to share some of your favourite recipes with your friends, family, and colleagues. Using a video call service like Skype or Zoom, run a class live from your kitchen, asking everyone to make a donation to Ovacome. They could donate directly through our website, or set up a fundraising page. Play a virtual board game Get all your family and friends together using Skype or Zoom and play your favourite board games. People used to play chess via post, so there's no reason you can't play monopoly through your smartphone! Get lots of people involved and host a board games evening, asking everyone to donate towards our ovarian cancer support services. They can donate directly through our website, or set up a fundraising page. Take part in a virtual video games tournament Pick your favourite: Fortnite, Mario Kart or even Words with Friends... Organise an online video game tournament with friends and family and ask everyone to donate at the start towards Ovacome's support services. If you're playing in teams, mix them up and have the pros playing alongside the newbies. You will be taking action and supporting those living with ovarian cancer whilst bringing everyone together during this period of isolation. Bond with friends and family by introducing them to some of your favourite games. Ask participants to donate directly through our website, or set up a fundraising page. Host a virtual Gogglebox party Ask friends and family to all tune in to a film or TV programme at the same time, and then all chat about what you are watching using Skype or Zoom. It will be as though you are all in the same room! Ask everyone tuning in to donate to take part. If you are supporting someone you know affected by ovarian cancer, why not choose one of their favourite films or TV shows? Fundraise with Facebook Do you have a birthday, anniversary or other special date coming up? You can set up Facebook fundraiser and ask friends and family to donate towards your target, rather than buy you presents this year. You'll also be helping to spread awareness of ovarian cancer, by sharing you fundraiser with you Facebook friends (and their friends!). Find out more here. Set up an online auction or sale Is it time for a spring clean? Sell unwanted items via platforms like Facebook Marketplace, or simply start an auction by posting a photo of your item on Facebook and asking for auction prices in the comments. Make sure you mention that all proceeds are in aid of Ovacome’s ovarian cancer support services. Don't forget to let everyone know that you will be able to send the items when it is safe to and when restrictions on movement have been lifted. Recycle your unwanted items We can recycle: Any jewellery – gold, silver, costume jewellery, watches, broken and damaged items (like odd earrings, snapped chains or items with missing stones). You can donate any unwanted banknotes from ANY country of any age, so all of those obsolete pre-euro notes are a perfect start! Our partners at Recycling for Good Causes will reuse and recycle the jewellery and Banknotes, giving the proceeds to Ovacome, saving precious raw materials at the same time. If you would like to send your jewellery and banknote recycling to us, simply use your own envelope or jiffy bag (No bigger than A5 in size) and post free of charge by printing out the freepost label below and attaching to your envelope. *Please do not send coins or stamps to the freepost address as the postage costs will far outweigh your donation. * Download your postage label Donate your Stamps: You can now donate your used stamps to raise much needed funds for Ovacome. All kinds of stamps are welcome, on or off paper. Simply cut or carefully rip the postage stamp from the used envelope, being careful that you don’t damage the stamp, and once you have a collection pop them in an envelope making sure you have the correct postage to: Ovacome PO Box 16992 Sutton Coldfield B73 9YA (*postage needs to be applied*) Recycling for Good Causes will arrange collections for larger quantities of stamps weighing over 10kgs. This equates to about two buckets full of stamps. For further information: @ [email protected] T: 0800 633 5323 Visit www.recyclingforgoodcauses.org/services/ to find out more about how to turn your unwanted items into valuable funds. Get crafting How is your sewing, knitting, felting, jewellery making and crafting? This is a really lovely way to support anyone affected by ovarian cancer, helping them to get the vital information they need by selling or auctioning your wonderful wares. Why not take the opportunity to learn a new skill, whilst raising funds for this important cause? Crafting is also a really positive strategy for mindfulness and mental wellbeing. Don't forget to let everyone know that you will be able to send the item when it is safe to and when restrictions on movement have been lifted. The Ovacome online shop We have lots of wonderful items in our online shop which have been handmade by our supporters. If you would like to donate your items for us to sell, please get in touch with Ellie [email protected] Your hard work will help us to offer support sessions for anyone affected by ovarian cancer across the UK. Set your own sponsored walk or run See our Keep Active page.