Fundraising in funny times

A guide to Covid-safe fundraising

Thank you for deciding to fundraise for Red Nose Day. It’s been a funny old year, so things might look a little bit different this time.

There are still loads of ways to get involved and have a laugh along the way though.

To help you stay safe, we’ve put together a few quick tips. You’ll find links to other handy info at the bottom.

1. Follow the latest guidelines

When planning your event or activity, check the latest Covid-19 rules for your local area and make sure you stick to them.

Check again on the day of any fundraising activity, as things can change quickly.

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If you’re likely to come into contact with people outside your household or bubble while fundraising, please follow the latest government guidelines on social distancing.

Unless you’re exempt, please follow the latest guidelines on wearing face coverings.

Don’t forget to use hand sanitiser if you’re out and about, or wash your hands regularly if you’re fundraising at home or work. Be particularly careful if you’re handling cash.

2. Go virtual

If in doubt, make your event virtual using our four top tips below.

3. Go cashless

This year, go cashless. It’s quick and easy to set up a JustGiving(opens in new window) page, while schools and early years settings can also use ParentPay(opens in new window).

Then, simply share your unique link or QR code with your supporters.

If you do collect cash, quarantine it for 72 hours before counting it. Wash your hands or use sanitiser before and after touching it too.

4. Be kind

It’s been a difficult year for everyone and we’ve all got different worries, so be kind and considerate to others while you’re fundraising.

5. Check out our dos and don’ts

As always, there are a few things you need to know to keep your fundraising safe, legal and considerate – take a look.

Top tips for virtual fundraising

Thanks to social media, video calls and fitness trackers, there are plenty of ways to get together to raise money, even though we’re all apart. It still pays to put some planning in though.

1. Have a structure

Whether it’s a games night, a karaoke party or a quick-fire quiz, if you’re hosting a virtual event, have a clear plan to help everything run smoothly. 

Send the link out in plenty of time so people can download apps and check settings. Then make sure you explain the format and have a structure for the session to keep things moving.

Things like short rounds in a quiz will help break things up, along with background music while you set things up or add up scores.

2. Set a goal

Every good challenge has a goal. Yours might be a fundraising target, a distance or a timeframe. Whatever you choose, aim high, shout about it and keep everyone updated on your progress.

3. Share the fun

From sharing your distance in a fitness app to using social media to keep everyone up to speed, keep your online community in the loop. As well as building excitement, support and donations, it’ll help motivate you all the way to the finish.

4. Make it personal

Some people love an online board game marathon, others are into bike rides. Some are into team efforts, others prefer a solo challenge. There are hundreds of ways you can fundraise virtually, so pick something you love for the best chance of success. Use the link below to check out our favourite virtual fundraising ideas.

Where next?

• Check out our virtual fundraising ideas(opens in new window)

• Read the fundraising dos and don’ts


Buying a Red Nose is a simple and easy way to help change lives here in the UK and around the world. And because of Covid-19, we want to make sure everyone can enjoy their Nose in the safest way possible.

Here are some tips on how best to enjoy your Nose safely:

  • Wash your hands regularly – especially before and after using your Nose.

  • Ensure the Nose is kept in a safe and clean place when not in use.

  • Follow a one nose per Nose rule.

  • There are lots of ways to enjoy your Nose if you don’t wish to wear it on your nose.