We’ve put together some fun ideas to help you get in the Christmas spirit and do some festive fundraising:
Office Christmas party
All across the nation this Christmas, millions of people will attend organised work parties. These party goers will spend millions of pounds on festive food and drinks, little black dresses, new ties, not to mention silly office presents. Imagine if each of these people added a gift costing just £5 to this list? Charities need help – and gifts – in this giving season too.
Ask your workplace if you can collect funds at your Christmas party or hold a Christmas raffle as part of the festive celebrations. If you're feeling creative you can make your own crackers for your party guests!
Be kind to the environment and save money at the same time! Rather than splurging on Christmas cards, ask your friends and family to make a donation to your chosen charity instead.
Simply set up a page on Just Giving page and email your friends a link to donate online.
Or a nice touch for your office would be to put a big poster on the wall for people to write their greetings. Not only will you raise funds but you are also being environmentally friendly!
Fairy and elf auction
Want someone to do your photocopying, make your coffee, or wrap and buy gifts for your loved ones? Get people to volunteer as Christmas fairies or elves in the office and auction off their time to the highest bidder.
Everybody loves a good Karaoke session and what’s better than listening to your manager embarrassing himself singing Wham! Hold heats in the office during the run-up to Christmas, then have the ﬁnal on your last day at work.
Far-ﬂung festive fare
Enjoy a global gourmet gathering. Split into teams and cook trademark dishes from a country of your choice. Then sell these culinary classics at a Christmas fair – with proceeds going to the hospital your support.
Deck the halls
Donate some money for the privilege of decorating your office. You could also hold a Christmas shrine competition. Get everyone to make their desk as festive as possible, then judge the best. Go on, get that tinsel out.
Jingle bells or jingle hell?
Donate to hear half an hour of Christmas music while you work – or pay to have it turned off.
Silly Santas and funny fairies
Have a fancy dress day in the office. Wear Christmas hats and masks or go for full festive clobber.
Delight your friends, family, neighbours or colleagues by singing Christmas carols to raise money this December. Local shopping centres or stations are great places to sing carols, but remember to ask for permission first.
Sponsor money for Christmas
Ask for sponsorship rather than Christmas presents! We can send you a collection box to collect the money in or you can Just Giving page and send your Christmas wishes to all your friends and family! Use Facebook and Twitter to help you!
Christmas dinner party
Have a dinner or drinks party and ask guests to make a donation to your hospital (or simply charge them to come!). You can give your party a Christmas theme or hold a competition for the best Christmas jumper,
Pounds for pounds
When the festive fun’s all over and you’re back to work in January, hold a sponsored slim. Get colleagues to pay you for the weight you lose and donate the cash to your hospital.
A pound for each pound seems more than fair.
Unwanted Christmas presents?
Sell them on an online auction site such as eBay or have a post-Christmas car boot sale. Donate all proceeds to the hospital you support.
Or choose from some of the festive fundraising ideas below:
• Gift Wrap for your colleagues
• Christmas Hamper Raffle
• Christmas Tree Decorating competition
• Mulled Wine Social
• Christmas desk decoration competition
• Mince Pie Bake Sale
• Nominate a colleague to dress as Santa
• Bag packing - Pack bags at your local supermarket in return for donations, a great opportunity with all of the Christmas shoppers.
• Christmas collections - Organise a collection at your local shopping centre or supermarket - in festive fancy dress of course
To find out more about fundraising for your hospital, including text giving and Christmas wrapping, click the links below:
The abseil began at 8:30am on King's College Hospital's Open Day which turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year so far. Brave supporters of Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley abseiled down the Golden Jubilee Wing throughout the day, cheered on by friends, family and the fundraising team.
Thank you so much to everyone who took part. You've already raised an amazing £48,000 and it is still rising! Take a look at the pictures below and don't forget to tag yourself on in the gallery on our Facebook page.]]>
42 of you cycled 100km through the night across London for Guy’s and St Thomas’ and Evelina London Children's Hospital, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley. You’ve raised £10,000 already and there’s still more to come in. What a fantastic achievement for our amazing team of cyclists!
Do you have any comments or photos?
You can share your pictures with us on Twitter or Facebook pages - and don't forget to tag yourself in our photographs too. We'd love to hear how you did, so don't hesitate to send us a tweet!
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A huge thank you to all our runners who ran the London Marathon for together we can... on Sunday.
So far you have raised over £200,000 in sponsorship for Guy's and St Thomas' and the Evelina, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley - with more money still to come in.
A big thanks too to our fantastic together we can... supporters who cheered our runners all the way to the finish line.
Got pictures or comments?
We'd love to see them. You can share them with us on twitter,com/togwecan or facebook.com/togwecan pages - and don't forget to tag yourself in our photographs too.
Can't wait for next year?
The ballot for the 2013 Virgin London Marathon will open on 29 April 2012. Please go to www.virginlondonmarathon.com to enter - be quick though, it fills up fast. together we can... will have a number of charity places. If you'd like to register your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.]]>
Cheer Point 1: Mile 12, Tower Bridge, SE1 2UP
As you are crossing Tower Bridge from South to North, our cheering point will be on the right hand side, half way across the bridge.
Cheer Point 2: Mile 19 – 16-19 Canada Square – London, E14 5EW
Our cheering point will be outside Waitrose, opposite Canary Wharf.
Cheer Point 3: Mile 25.5 – Victoria Embankment (in between the Battle of Britain Monument and Westminster Bridge) – London, SW1A 2JH.
Our third cheering point will be on the Victoria Embankment, not far from Westminster tube. We will be on the river side of the road, outside the Thames River Boats entrance.
Click on the map below and move the mouse to see the three cheer points, or click the link below the map to view a larger version.
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Our cheering points will be decorated with together we can... balloon towers, flags and banners, so you can’t miss us.
We’d love you to join us afterwards for the post-race reception. This will be held at 2pm at The Waterfront Bar, 2nd Floor, The Macadam Building, King’s College London, Surrey Street, WC2R 2NS.
If you have any questions please email email@example.com or call 020 7848 7431.
We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!
The Integrated Cancer Centre – a collaboration between Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and King’s College London -– was founded to provide leading cancer services: research, diagnosis and treatment; for sufferers, survivors and during end of life care.
By working together, clinicians, academics and researchers at the ICC turn research into practice quickly. Which ensures the care we offer our patients goes above and beyond; we give our patients the care we’d want for our nearest and dearest.
At the ICC we are committed to being:
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One of only a few in use in the world, the scanner works like a giant magnifying glass producing incredibly detailed images to detect cancer cells, making it easier to stop the spread of cancer melanoma.
The number of British cases of skin cancer has more than quadrupled in the last 30 years, with melanoma the most deadly type, killing about 2,000 people in the UK annually.
The disease can start in existing moles and doctors maintain that early detection is vital. Guy’s and St Thomas’ is the first hospital in Britain to introduce the Vivascope test, which could save hundreds of lives.
Oliver Smith, Director of Strategy and Innovation at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, says: ‘Our recent investment in the VivaScope for the St John’s Institute enables it to pursue world-leading research and clinical trials that will greatly advance our understanding of skin melanoma and its treatment.
Once the Institute, working with the Trust’s Medical Physics department, has validated the technology within a clinical setting, it will improve the care of patients attending this leading centre for skin disorders.’
Like an ultrasound machine, it works by producing instant images of skin layers up to a depth of two millimetres, using a high-powered but harmless laser.
The dermatologist places a small pad on the mole or affected area of skin. The laser is directed at the area and sends back scans which highlight any abnormal cells.
Once validated, the Vivascope will make a large difference to the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer by:
• reducing the number of precautionary biopsies, which can leave patients with scars;
• providing a diagnosis in uncertain cases – often such lesions are re-examined after three months;
• delivering on-the-spot diagnosis, enabling patients to be examined, diagnosed and treated in a single visit, which reduces stress;
• providing post-surgery to help check that all the melanoma was successfully removed.
St John’s Institute at Guy’s and St Thomas’ is the UK’s largest referral centre for skin cancer, and has the best equipped skin imaging unit in the UK.
Only a handful of other centres around the world have comparable research and development capability.