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Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Christmas fundraising

Download our little yellow Christmas activity book for everything from instructions on how to knit your own mini stockings to starting a gingerbread house competition, or scroll down to find out more!

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1. Christmas jumper day

It happens every year (whether you want it to or not), so this Christmas jumper day ask your colleagues or school to hold it in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Charge £1 and tempt the Scrooges in by offering a small prize to the person with the best jumper! Bonus points for the person with the yellowest jumper…

2. Make do and donate

Spend no more than £5 on your Christmas gifts and donate the rest of what you’d normally spend.

An image of a pile of presents with a £5 tagExtra inspiration:

  • Don’t leave that unused box of bath products gathering dust in the bathroom cabinet. Set up a gift-swap party and charge for entry, snacks and drinks.
  • Make your own gifts and donate what you would have spent.
  • Set up a Secret Santa where everyone buys one other person a gift and puts a donation of equal value in Santa’s charity kitty.

A drawing of a santa beard3. Christmas challenge

Join one of our challenge events by visiting, or start your own! Don’t forget to check out our revamped Great Strides™ series, with events across the country, treks up three of the UK’s tallest peaks, and an ultra marathon.

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4. Red, Red (mulled) Wine

Set up a donation box at your next Christmas party and wet your guests’ whistles with a drop of mulled wine! Our recipe makes six glasses (don’t forget to drink responsibly).

Get your recipe by downloading the booklet.

5. Make your own mini stocking

This one’s for the knitting geniuses. Follow the instructions in our little yellow Christmas activity book to knit your own four-inch stocking to hang on the Christmas tree. Fill them with chocolates to eat on Christmas day (let’s be realistic, they’ll be gone long before then!).

'Did you know? Selling 50 stockings at £5 each could help someone with CF to meet the cost of undergoing assessment for a lung transplant at one of five transplant centres in the uK'

You’ll need:

  • Yellow yarn
  • White yarn
  • 4mm needles

6. Gingerbread house competition

Charge your friends, family or colleagues £5 to enter. Bonus prizes go to the person with the yellowest house! Download our little yellow Christmas activity book for a yummy gingerbread recipe.

An illustration of a tag with a fact on it: 'Did you know? 104 magic reindeer food bags could provide someone with CF with life-sustaining medication for a year by covering the cost of a pre-payment certificate.'7. Magic (eco-friendly) reindeer food

Sprinkle reindeer food in your garden on Christmas Eve to help Rudolph and his friends find their way to your house! Our new recipe is animal-safe, but remember, reindeer food is for Rudolph, not for pets, children or adults (that includes you, Father Christmas!)

Don't forget to download your labels and posters, and get your recipe on page 9 of the little yellow book.

An illustration of a stack of mince pies8. Who ate all the pies?

We’ve got two mince pie recipes (vegan and non-vegan) in our little yellow Christmas activity book that are perfect to sell at your Christmas fundraiser. Charge £1 a pie or two if they’re particularly tasty.

Our traditional recipe is so easy even the kids can get involved, and our vegan recipe is perfect for making sure no one misses out on getting their mince pie fix this Christmas!

9. Christmas crafternoon

Crafts? Check. Food? Check. Friends and family? Check. A chance to talk about who inspires you in your fundraising and why you support the Trust? Check! Ask everyone to donate £5 for an afternoon of decoration making. The best thing about this activity? You can sell your crafts afterwards and raise even more!

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Crafty ideas:

Angels – Buy fabric, wool and pipe cleaners from your local craft shop.

Christmas wreaths – Use baubles, coloured card or even bird seed!

Bunting – Cut up old bed sheets, clothes and other materials.

10. Carols

Great singers, now’s your time to shine! Bad singers, now’s your time to mime! Start by contacting your local supermarket or shopping centre to book a charity carol singing slot, order a collection tin from our fundraising team and pull on your best Christmas jumper. Be sure to let people know why you’re singing.

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Pick from these Christmas classics:

  • Oh, Christmas Tree
  • Jingle Bells
  • We Wish you a Merry Christmas
  • Deck the Halls

11. Gift-wrapping service

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Present wrapping. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But as Dad’s likely to ask you to do his wrapping for him for the fifth year running, why not make him pay for the privilege?

Visit our Christmas shop to buy your giftwrap, then set up a gift-wrapping service at your home, school or workplace. Charge 50p per present or more for fancy gift-wrapping.

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12. #CFElfie

Every year our incredible supporters dress up in their yellowest outfits for Wear Yellow Day and send us their #CFYelfies. In fact, Wear Yellow Day has become so popular that we’re taking the ‘Y’ out of Yelfie and asking you to dress up as one of Santa’s little helpers this festive season.

An illustration of a mobile phone with an image of an elf wearing an elf hat on the screen.Download and cut out your elf hat and don’t forget to share your #CFElfie with us on Friday 20 December and text CHRISTMAS to 70500 to donate £5!

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Get in touch

We’d love to hear all about your Christmas fundraisers - get in touch with our Events Team on 020 3795 2176 for advice and fundraising materials.