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Discover amazing stories

People do the most amazing things to raise money for the causes they love – we've featured a selection here.

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Testing their endurance 

Claire Lomas' ride of a lifetime

Having completed the London marathon, raising more than £220,000 for Spinal Research, the unstoppable Claire Lomas decided to carry on. Claire - who is paralysed from the chest down - continued her fundraising by hand-cycling the equivalent of a marathon a day for three weeks.

Give to Claire's page

 

Our oldest ever fundraiser?

When 99-year-old Eileen Wilson took to the streets for the Martlets Midnight Walk, we wondered if the great-grandmother of 10 might be our oldest fundraiser ever. Eileen braved the elements to raise money for Martlets Hospice.

Give to Eileen's page

One man and his dog

Wayne Hall and his much-loved German Shepherd, Jezz, have set off on a six-month fundraising adventure, wild camping across Scotland to raise money for Shelter.

Give to Wayne's page

Unsung heroes 

A pre-wedding night to remember

Charlotte

Louise and Geoff met when they were volunteering for Robes, a charity supporting homeless people. When it came to getting married, they knew how they wanted to mark the occasion. The night before their big day, they slept rough outside the cathedral where, hours later, they became husband and wife.

Give to Louise and Geoff's page

 

 

Helping to save more lives

Debbie

When Robert's wife Debbie collapsed, it brought back terrible memories of recently losing their son. Debbie needed emergency surgery. Luckily, Robert's prayers for an "amazing surgeon" were answered.  As a thank you, he's fundraising to buy more life-saving equipment for the hospital where Debbie's life was saved.

Give to Robert's page

Fairytale fundraising

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After reading the story of the gingerbread man who ran away, six-year-old Charlotte wanted to find him. She asked for postcards with details of sightings of the fictional character, and donations to special care baby charity Cots for Tots. The elusive chap was last seen with Cinderella in Disneyland Paris.

Give to Charlotte's page

 

Spread some joy 

Sock cats change the world

Kookie

Once upon a time, a pair of socks decided to change the world by fighting pancreatic cancer. And with Rachel Cooke’s help – she transforms them into sock cats – they are well on their way.

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Pressies for old pooches

Charlie the dog

Volunteers for charity Oldies Club are making sure its 14 elderly foster dogs aren’t forgotten by Santa this year – they’re running an appeal to buy them Christmas presents.

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Giggles for poorly children 

Giggles

Being in hospital can be a scary time for children. Enter: the giggle doctors. They prescribe smiles and laughter to brighten the days of young patients.  

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Going the extra mile 

It wasn't me!

Stephen Tongue

Poor Stephen Tongue was collared, nicked and put on trial – to raise money for charity. Edwina Currie acted as court clerk for this brilliantly bizarre fundraiser, with all “jail or bail” money going to the British Red Cross.

“Unlike the other defendants (charged with crimes against fashion etc), I am innocent!” protests Stephen. There’s still time to save Stephen from the slammer!

Give to Stephen's page

The butterfly effect

Nikki Christou

At eight years old, Nikki Christou’s had five major operations and 90 hospital visits. Born with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM), she suffers swelling and bleeding from her nose and gums.

But Nikki’s no ordinary eight year old, and she’s determined to drive research into this rare disease. Nikki’s fundraising for The Butterfly Network, a charity set up by her family for AVM sufferers.

Give to Nikki's page

The Dancing Dogfather

Dogfather

One of the UK's top dog trainers is competing in Strictly Northampton - a fundraising dance-off inspired by the BBC show. Graeme Hall, who calls himself "The Dancing Dogfather" is gliding round the floor to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

"I'm a big ungainly bloke", says Graeme, "soon to be transformed into the most elegant thing since Fred Astaire!"

Give to Graeme's page

Britain's got talent

Beauty queens take a hike

Beauty Queens

Four beauty queens proved they're more than just pretty faces by taking part in the 15km Marlborough Starlight Walk.

Miss Wiltshire, Miss Swindon, The Wiltshire Galaxy and England's Perfect Miss swapped their high heels for hiking boots to raise money for Prospect Hospice, in memory of their friend, Tami Brown.

Give to the beauty queens' page

Skate expectations

Skaters

Friends Steph Brown and Sam Bonathon are getting into the Christmas spirit early by skating 25 miles in Santa suits. 

The Santa Cruise, which starts in London and finishes in Windsor, will raise money for the Children’s Heart Federation. The pair hope to raise £750 from the long-distance skate event, to help children with heart conditions.

Give to Steph and Sam's page

Carl's Chessathon

Chess

Carl Portman’s playing chess for 24 hours solid to raise money for the Cardiac Physiology Fund. Carl, who had an implanted cardioverter device (ICD) fitted three years ago, explains: “For some it’s the end of the world ... Boom, their life has changed.  Chess is a form of escape from the madness of life, a creative and positive one. This wonderful and ancient game has helped me through the bad times.”

Give to Carl's page

JustGiving staff picks

Animal app helps Corin’s campaign

Three-year-old Corin has cerebral palsy. His parents are raising money for The Tree of Hope Children’s Charity to pay for surgery that will enable him to walk by himself for the first time.

Supporters can download ‘Fun for Corin’, a free animal noise iPhone app, which offers a chance to donate to his JustGiving page. Or you can give to his page directly.

Give to Corin’s page

Les Mis V Phantom
 

In a charity football match like no other, Team Les Misérables will face Team Phantom as thespians, celebrities and ex-professional footballers do battle at East Grinstead Town FC to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The match is part of a day of fun being held in the name of Les Mis wig mistress, Melanie Oakley-Dow, who is battling cancer.

Give to the Les Mis v Phantom page

Spoon player, runner, pensioner
 

Twenty-five years ago, a treble heart bypass at Glasgow’s Western Infirmary saved Peter Lee’s life. Now he wants to give something back.

Peter is running to raise money for British Heart Foundation, so he can help others have the excellent treatment he received. And he might just treat the crowd to a ditty on his spoons along the way.

Give to Peter's page

Celebrity fundraisers

Popstars’ charity wedding page
 

When Rochelle Wiseman from The Saturdays and Marvin Humes from JLS got married, they decided not to ask their guests and fans for the usual wedding gifts of toasters and towels.

Instead they’re using their big day to make a difference, by raising money for a charity they care about. They chose Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Give to Rochelle and Marvin’s page

Fantasy football fundraising 
 

Chris O’Dowd, the comedy actor who starred in The IT Crowd and Bridesmaids, is encouraging people on Twitter (@BigBoyler) to join his fantasy football league by donating to his fundraising page.

Chris is raising money for Male Cancer Awareness Campaign, a charity that educates men around the country about the importance of early detection of male cancer.

Give to Chris’s page

Comedian’s random act of kindness

When comedian Richard Herring found a fundraising page set up by his namesake, he shared it with his 97,000 Twitter followers. A day later, £2,600 had been donated to the page that’s raising money for Sense, a charity supporting deafblind people and their families.
“I’m absolutely overwhelmed by people’s generosity,” said the non-comedian Richard.

Give to Richard’s page

Most popular this year

Vanessa’s campaign to beat cancer

Vanessa Riddle has already beaten cancer once. She relapsed in December 2011 and has been given less than a 10% chance of survival.

Her parents are doing all they can to raise money through Neuroblastoma Alliance UK to fund treatment in Germany. The treatment will take nine months and will dramatically increase Vanessa’a chances of beating the disease.

Give to Vanessa’s page

Martha’s school dinner mission
 

Martha Payne’s blog made the national press when she started to dish up a daily report of her school dinner, complete with marks out of 10.

She’s raising awareness and money for Mary's Meals – an international charity that sets up feeding projects where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. Just £10.70 feeds a child for a year. 

Give to Martha’s page

Claire Squires’ £1 million legacy
 

When Claire Squires tragically died while running the London marathon, the response was extraordinary. More than £1 million has been donated to her page (including Gift Aid), by over 80,000 people.

Claire’s aim was to “change lives” by raising money for the Samaritans. The unprecedented support for her fundraising will ensure a long-lasting legacy.

Give to Claire’s page