© Peter Casaer/MSF
31 Mar 20 22 Jun 20

Coronavirus crisis appeal: Your support starts here

Your incredible fundraising efforts will power our emergency medical teams to save lives.

Whether you have already decided how you’d like to fundraise or need some inspiration, we've put together this step-by-step guide to make raising money whilst at home as easy as possible. 

Take a look at some of our ideas:

Visit our JustGiving campaign to set up your fundraising page >

Graham’s Garden Marathon

At 8pm on Thursday night I stood in the garden to clap for carers. As I looked up into the stars, I realised that I needed to do something more than just clap.

The Guernsey Marathon would have taken place on Sunday March 29 and has been pushed back like many other races. So I decided to run a marathon in our garden on Sunday morning.

I wanted to make a contribution to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders to support their work around the world battling the pandemic.

The run was hard; however we are blessed to have a good size garden and I was able to create a technical trail section with a decent climb. It added up to 3700ft over the marathon distance. Running a loop five times a mile was less boring than I imagined. I had a party mix with 258 tracks to keep me entertained and Alison, my wife, could cheer me on and give me peanut butter sandwiches and hydration fluid whenever I needed it. At the end we had a toilet roll finish line!

It took 4hrs 21 mins to complete and so far we have raised over £2,000 and rising.

With so many spring marathons postponed perhaps we can start a movement to run marathons in our gardens/backyards to both keep fit and support charities that are missing out on much needed income in these difficult times.

Take on a sporting challenge

Ignite some friendly competition with your friends and family and find out who can walk, run or cycle the furthest in a set amount of time and collectively raise funds to help our medical teams to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

1. Set up an account on Strava

Strava is a social fitness app and website which makes it easy to track running and cycling exercises.

2. Set up your fundraising page

Set up a JustGiving page to collect donations online and invite all your friends and family to join the fitness challenge.

Set up your own fundraisng page >

3. Get in touch with us

Tell us about your fundraising! Our fundraising team would love to hear what you're planning and help support you.

4. Promote your event

Share your fundraising page with your friends, family and colleagues. Use social media to spread the word, with the help of these powerful images and Twitter and Facebook backgrounds.

5. Thank your supporters

Sounds obvious, but it's essential and as up to 20 percent of donations are made after an event, it’s really worth doing. Thank your supporters, send them a photo of everyone who took part and remind those who haven’t donated that their support will really make a difference. We've put together this email to do just that.

 

set up your fundraising page >

 

Gaming

Using our step by step guide and toolkit below, you can set up a livestream of your favourite video game and raise money to support our response to the current coronavirus pandemic.

1. Set up your stream

Set up your stream on livestreaming platform, Twitch. If you’re new to Twitch, check out their handy Getting Started guide

2. Set up your fundraising

Once you start a new streaming campaign, you can fundraise by connecting your stream to our Tiltify page or through JustGiving – take a look at all of their Gaming Resources and their Step by Step Guide to fundraising.

To connect your video broadcast to your streaming platform you will need software to do this. OBS is free to download and will allow you to broadcast your stream.

To show your live donation progress you can connect with Livestream Fundraising on JustGiving in order to display these over the top of your video.

3. Download our toolkit

We’ve put together a pack of resources to help you make the most of your fundraising. This includes MSF logos as well as some handy fundraising resources such as images, videos and fact sheets to help you tell your followers about the work of MSF UK.

Download our toolkit here >

4. Get in touch with us

Tell us about your fundraising! Our fundraising team would love to hear what you're planning and help support you.

5. Promote your event

Share your fundraising page with your friends, family and colleagues. Use social media to spread the word, with the help of these powerful images and Twitter and Facebook backgrounds.

6. Thank your supporters

Sounds obvious, but it's essential and as up to 20 percent of donations are made after an event, it’s really worth doing. Thank your supporters, send them a photo of everyone who took part and remind those who haven’t donated that their support will really make a difference. We've put together this email to do just that.

 

set up your fundraising page >

 

Host a quiz night

A virtual quiz night is a great way to engage your friends and family in some fun and friendly competition and you'll be helping our medical teams respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The winner can host the next quiz.

1. Decide which livestreaming platform to use

Download the Houseparty app, create a Zoom account to set up a video call, or livestream from your Facebook page.

Take a look at JustGiving's guide to livestreaming apps >

2. Set up your fundraising page

This is an easy way to share the event details with friends and family and collect donations from anyone who wants to take part.

Set up your own fundraisng page >

3. Get in touch with us

Tell us about your fundraising! Our fundraising team would love to hear what you're planning and help support you.

4. Promote your quiz night

Share your fundraising page with your friends, family and colleagues. Use social media to spread the word, with the help of these powerful images and Twitter and Facebook backgrounds.

5. Thank your supporters and let them know who won

Sounds obvious but it's essential, and as up to 20 percent of donations are made after an event, it’s really worth doing. Thank your supporters, send them a photo of everyone who took part and remind those who haven’t donated that their support will really make a difference. We've put together this email to do just that.

 

set up your fundraising page >

 

Crafting and skill sharing

Whether you’re a trained dancer, a keen cook or an accomplished painter – now is the perfect time to share your expertise with your networks, get them involved in a live skill sharing stream and raise vital funds to support our medical teams.

1. Decide which livestreaming platform works best for your skill

Download the Houseparty app, create a Zoom account to set up a video call, or livestream from your Facebook page.

Take a look at JustGiving's guide to livestreaming apps >

2. Set up your fundraising page

This is an easy way to share your event with friends and family and collect donations from anyone who wants to take part.

Set up your own fundraisng page >

3. Get in touch with us

Tell us about your fundraising! Our fundraising team would love to hear what you're planning and help support you.

4. Promote your event

Share your fundraising page with your friends, family and colleagues. Use social media to spread the word, with the help of these powerful images and Twitter and Facebook backgrounds.

5. Thank your supporters

Sounds obvious, but it's essential and as up to 20 percent of donations are made after an event, it’s really worth doing. Thank your supporters, send them a photo of everyone who took part and remind those who haven’t donated that their support will really make a difference. We've put together this email to do just that.

 

set up your fundraising page >

 

Set yourself a challenge

Shave your head. Give up TV for a week. Grow a beard. Take up knitting. Set yourself a personal goal and ask for donations to our coronavirus crisis appeal to help keep you motivated and our medical teams treating patients all over the world.

1. Set up a fundraising page

This is an easy way to share with your friends and family the personal challenge you’ve taken on and to collect donations online.

Set up your own fundraisng page >

2. Get in touch with us

Tell us about your fundraising! Our fundraising team would love to hear what you're planning and help support you.

3. Promote your event

Share your fundraising page with your friends, family and colleagues. Use social media to spread the word, with the help of these powerful images and Twitter and Facebook backgrounds.

4. Thank your supporters

Sounds obvious, but it's essential and as up to 20 percent of donations are made after an event, it’s really worth doing. Thank your supporters, send them a photo of everyone who took part and remind those who haven’t donated that their support will really make a difference. We've put together this email to do just that.

 

set up your fundraising page >

 

Share your musical talents

Do you have a passion for singing, can you play an instrument, or do you love to DJ? Entertain your friends and family with a live concert or DJ set and raise funds our medical teams responding to the coronavirus outbreak.

1. Decide which livestreaming platform works best for you

Create a Zoom account to set up a video call, set up a livestream from your Facebook account or create a Smule account and invite your friends and family to sing karaoke with you

Take a look at JustGiving's guide to livestreaming apps >

2. Set up your fundraising page

This is an easy way to share your event with your friends and family on social media and WhatsApp and to collect donations from everyone who wants to join.

Set up your own fundraisng page >

3. Get in touch with us

Tell us about your fundraising! Our fundraising team would love to hear what you're planning and help support you.

4. Promote your event

Share your fundraising page with your friends, family and colleagues. Use social media to spread the word, with the help of these powerful images and Twitter and Facebook backgrounds.

5. Thank your supporters

Sounds obvious, but it's essential and as up to 20 percent of donations are made after an event, it’s really worth doing. Thank your supporters, send them a photo of everyone who took part and remind those who haven’t donated that their support will really make a difference. We've put together this email to do just that.

 

set up your fundraising page >

 

Organise a coffee morning

This is the perfect way to catch up with friends and family whilst ensuring vulnerable groups around the world receive the medical care they need during the coronavirus pandemic.

1. Decide which livestreaming platform to use

Download the Houseparty app, create a Zoom account to set up a video call, or livestream from your Facebook page.

Take a look at JustGiving's guide to livestreaming apps >

2. Set up your fundraising page

This is an easy way to share your event with friends and family and collect donations from anyone who wants to take part.

Set up your own fundraisng page >

3. Get in touch with us

Tell us about your fundraising! Our fundraising team would love to hear what you're planning and help support you.

4. Promote your coffee morning

Share your fundraising page with your friends, family and colleagues. Use social media to spread the word, with the help of these powerful images and Twitter and Facebook backgrounds.

5. Thank your supporters

Sounds obvious, but it's essential and as up to 20 percent of donations are made after an event, it’s really worth doing. Thank your supporters, send them a photo of everyone who took part and remind those who haven’t donated that their support will really make a difference. We've put together this email to do just that.

 

set up your fundraising page >