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Host a shine for shelterbox dinner

Host a dinner and fundraise to support families after disaster with solar lights, emergency shelter and other essential items.

For communities devastated by disaster, solar lights and shelter are more than just aid items. They allow families to cook meals at night and eat together, feeling safe at home with their loved ones. Family meals help to provide the framework for everyday life and establish a sense of normality. 

Every penny will help us provide essential aid items:

  • £10 could provide a solar light
  • £30 could provide a kitchen set
  • £385 could provide a bespoke family tent

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Let us inspire you

Stuck for ideas? Don't worry. Our fundraisers are bursting with plans to create exciting activities, like these:

Donate your birthday presents

If you have a special occasion coming up, ask friends and family to donate money in lieu of gifts or flowers. You can gather money by hand, set up a fundraising page or use the fundraising tool on Facebook. Estimate £50-300

Tidy up and cash in

Clear out your clutter and raise some money at the same time by running a jumble sale in your community, or attending a boot fair and donating the proceeds to ShelterBox. Estimate £50-100

Bake off

Challenge your friends and family to a bake-off and sell cakes and treats at work or at a party. You can award prizes for the fanciest or tastiest cake. Estimate £50-100

Sell your wares

It’s not just cakes, we’ve had people selling jam, homegrown vegetables, eggs, flowers, home-made cards and second-hand books. Estimate £30-150

Offer your services

Our fundraisers have washed cars, served food, fetched groceries and packed bags at supermarkets in order to raise funds. Some children even do chores and donate their pocket money. Estimate £50-100

Quiz night

Hold a quiz at home, in your local community or get your local pub on board. Quizzes are irresistible especially if there's a prize at stake, and you can throw in a raffle too! We even have a ShelterBox quiz you can use! Estimate £100-500

Get creative

If you’re a musician, put on a benefit gig. If you’re a writer or poet, host a reading night with fellow performers and sell tickets. If you’re into amateur dramatics, put on a show and donate ticket sales. Estimate £100-300

Challenge yourself

Think you can manage without your phone for 24 hours? Think you could live in a tent for a week? Get cracking! Not every challenge has to be a marathon. Estimate £10-100

Join a ShelterBox challenge event

Our ShelterBox Response Teams go where disaster strikes to reach communities in need and ensure that no family goes without shelter. Are you ready to take on a challenge event and help our teams go a little further? Estimate £500-1000

Employee fundraising

Fundraising for ShelterBox can be a great way to build relationships within your teams, boost morale and have fun. We can help you plan unique fundraising events at your workplace. Estimate £100-500

Get inspired by others

For more inspiration, see some of the amazing things our fundraisers have done in support of ShelterBox. Read their stories here


Emily Reed, 10 with her bike after completing a 488 mile bike ride
Emily Reed, 10 with her bike after completing a 488 mile bike ride.

Through wind and rain, along muddy towpaths, and up steep gradients, 10-year-old Emily kept on cycling, taking on a west to east coast cycling challenge over two-weeks, cycling 488 miles from Land’s End to Lowestoft, raising over £6,500 for ShelterBox.

10-year-old Emily Read from Exeter, decided to fundraise for us after being inspired by visiting our ShelterBox stand at the Devon County Show.

I planned to start in Land's End and cycle as far east as I possibly could. I promised to do at least 100 miles, which I did, and then I kept going all the way to Ness Point in Lowestoft.

Join a challenge event

Whether you choose to swim, run, walk or cycle, every mile you cover will help a family affected by disaster and conflict.

So what are you waiting for? Get fit, have fun and change lives!


Make a plan

Try and think of something that is both impressive and achievable.

Think about whether you want to do it alone or in a team. Consider whether you want to sign up to a pre-existing event, like the Brighton Marathon, or run your own, like a pub quiz or a sponsored sporting challenge.

Set a date that doesn’t clash with other events or busy periods in the year. Then decide on how much you want to raise. Don’t be afraid to think big!

Tell everyone

Shout about what you’re doing at any available opportunity. Use posters, emails, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to let everyone know how they can get involved.

You may also want to set up an online fundraising page so that people can donate at their convenience, direct from social media and from anywhere in the world.

We can provide lots of materials to support you, like sponsor forms and legal advice (where necessary). Fill in the form below to ask for resources.

Request a speaker

If you’re hosting an event, such as a quiz or cake sale, bring the story of your fundraising to life by inviting a ShelterBox speaker to your event.

You can experience our aid for yourself and your supporters will find out how their money can transform the lives of families robbed of shelter when disaster strikes.

Book a speaker here.

Enjoy it

Don't forget to have some fun! Celebrate your achievement, toast your success! We'd love to see photos of your event, so make sure to send them in or tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #TeamShelterBox

Thank your supporters

Everyone who donates, takes part or turns up at your event to help cheer you on, will be making a huge difference to families who are utterly overwhelmed by disaster. Those families won’t be able to send their thanks personally, so once you’ve counted up your donations, make sure you do it for them.

Pay up

After your event, you can send in the money you've raised quickly and easily. Close your online fundraiser page, pay in your fundraising online here or send in your cash donationsover the phone or send us a cheque by post, it's up to you.

Take a look at all the ways you can pay in here.

Tell us about your event!

We'll give you sponsorship forms, arrange a speaker visit or help you pay in.

more inspiration

From zip wires and bike rides to writing books and selling flowers - our fundraisers have done it all.

See some of the amazing things our fundraisers have done in support of ShelterBox.