Winter Shelter Day – Saturday 21st December 2013

homeless womanThe weather has already turned wet and cold this winter; can you imagine what it is like being homeless and trying to survive on the streets?

Even worse, can you imagine what it must be like to be homeless at Christmas? Most of us will be preparing to spend the day with our families, exchanging gifts and eating sumptuous food. Homeless people will be alone, outside in the cold, trying to find ways to get warm.

How you can help

We are organizing ‘Folkestone Winter Shelter Day’ for Saturday 21st December as a community wide event to help raise money for the winter shelter who have had their funding cut again.

We are asking everyone to organise a fund raising event, big or small, in aid of the Folkestone winter shelter.

By getting together as a community for Christmas, we can ensure that the winter Shelter is able to take care of those who will be trying to survive on the streets of Folkestone this winter.

The Winter Shelter provides a warm safe place to sleep

for the homeless people of Folkestone. They give them a hot meal, somewhere to shower and wash their clothes and try to get them back housed. A couple of weeks ago a homeless person was attacked and tragically died in Folkestone and three years ago someone died on the streets of Folkestone as they tried to keep warm so it’s not exaggerating to say that the work they do is life saving.

If you get involved in this, we can 100% guarantee that you won’t be visited by three ghosts this Christmas eve : )

How it works

Please pick and organise an event (see the 50 fund-raising ideas below) and let us know what you will be doing, by commenting on the Facebook event or by emailing It doesn’t have to take part on the 21st, it can take place any time.

We will post all events on our supporters of the winter shelter Facebook page. You can pay your funds raised through our just giving page here

Thank you for your help and support.

Here are 50 ideas on what you could do.

1-Hold your own clothes swish, charge £5 and then bring 5 items and go away with five new items of clothing, just in time for the Christmas parties.

2- Aerobics-athon, to stay fit and healthy, organise an aerobics-athon.

3-Go digital – Sell your unwanted items or things you have grown out of on eBay.

4-Art exhibition, instead of selling your art, charge your friends and family to look at it!

5-Battle of the bands, challenge musicians to a battle of the bands and put on a concert to raise money.

6-Bike ride, pedal for poverty! Why not organise a bike ride and turn it into a sponsored event?

7-Organise a fashion show, invite the wider community to see your fabulous designs.

8-Organise a poetry recital and invite your friends and family. Why not hold a themed poetry event, or use poems from your favourite poet?

9-Family fun day, get the whole family on board and arrange a fun day full of the activities mentioned throughout.

10-Organise a murder mystery night.

11-Beat the goalie, challenge your friends to a beat the goalie competition. Pay to play.

12-Coffee morning, organise a coffee morning – You could combine it with a ‘bring and buy’ sale.

13-Karaoke, impress (or not) your friends with your singing ability – try out your favourite tunes. Pay per tune.

14-Photo competitions, if you’re a budding photographer, hold a competition for interesting snaps. All entrants to pay a fee.

15-Sell your Facebook status for the day

16 -Cake sales are a great way to raise money and awareness too, sell them at work or home.

17-Auction, organise your own fundraising auction. Why not auction off your talents for the day?

18-Five a side football, challenge your mates or your teachers to a football tournament. Each team pays to play.

19-X-Factor Competition, celebrate all your talents by putting on a show.

20-Bad Hair day, fed up of being nagged about your untidy hair? Organise a Bad Hair day to raise us money.

21-Arts and crafts fair, put your creative talents into action and sell your works of art at a craft fair.

22-Put on a silent disco and charge for a boogie

23-Fancy dress football; turn a regular game of football into something rather special with colourful costumes. Pay per game.

24-Knitting competition. How long is that scarf? Challenge your friends to a knit-off. You could sell or auction your work of art too.

25-Fun run, dust off your running shoes, add a green tutu and run for fun. Get a team together and create your own theme for when you run. Get sponsored too.

26-Putting on a pantomime? Why not take a collection for us as people leave?

27-Reduce, reuse and recycle – the perfect opportunity to hold a jumble sale.

28-Dress down day; ditch the uniform or the suit and dress to impress.

29-Face painting competition, put your artistic talents to good use and paint people’s faces.

30-Set yourself the challenge of reciting your poem from memory. £1 per line – the longer the poem the more you raise.

31-Organise a classic eighties film marathon and charge for entry

32-Give it up! Get sponsored to go without something. Give us speaking for a day, computer games for a week, chocolate for a month. Donate us the money you save or raise.

33-Disco, put on those dancing shoes and disco the night away. Remember to charge an entry fee.

34-Go crazy with the fashion ideas and create a zany masterpiece to wear for the day. Prizes for the most outrageous and colourful costumes.

35-Hold a quiz night with people paying to enter.

36-Plant sale for those with green fingers, sell your produce in a plant sale.

37-Games: scrabble, chess, trivial pursuits etc. For all those who love the challenge of a board game – why not have a marathon board game tournament? Either pay to play or get sponsored.

38- Bingo, devise your own calls for the numbers. Charge a fee per game.

39-Dance all day in a sponsored dance-athon.

40-Get sponsored to ditch the little luxuries like your mobile, or laptop for a week.

41-Film night, create your own cinema and hold a film night for family and friends. Sell popcorn and drinks and charge an entry fee.

42-Ask a friend to choose what you wear for the day, for a donation

43-Joke-athonHave your friends in stitches with a joke-athon. How long can you keep your friends laughing? If the jokes are really bad, make them pay a fee to leave.

44-Tie yourself to someone else for a whole day

45-Bring and buy sale, sell donated goods on a stall. Cakes, books, homemade jam; bric-a-brac and fairtrade goods are firm favourites.

46-Odd job Day, charge a fee for all those odd jobs around the house that need doing.

47-Car wash, charge your teachers, friends and family to wash their cars.

48-Pay to join in a flash mob in your local town

49-Host your own, thriller dance workshop and ask people to pay to join in. Put it on as a flash mob in the town.

50-Dress as a superhero for the day.

Good luck.

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