Want to raise money for Mencap? You're in the right place!

Whether it's your first time as a fundraiser or your hundredth, we've got the ideas to keep it fresh and make it a success

Ok, so you’re passionate about supporting people with a learning disability and would like to fundraise and improve lives? You’re in the right place! 

Fundraising, your way 

There are so many things you can do to support Mencap’s work. From bake-offs to taking on your own physical challenge anywhere in the world. You decide what suits you and when.

Here are some of the things our dedicated supporters have done to raise funds for Mencap: 

  • Jade cut her hair off, raising £371.
  • Bonnie did an open water sponsored swim raising £715.  
  • Simon and Helen decided to ask their wedding guests to donate to Mencap.
  • Theresa put on a show in aid of Mencap raising over £1,200. 
  • Dylan celebrated his 2nd birthday by raising £500 for Mencap.

Feeling inspired? 

You too can donate your celebration day to Mencap or organise a bake off at work, a quiz night or sports tournament. 

It’s your choice and we’ll support you in any way we can, so if you’re fundraising for the first time, don’t worry, we’ll be right behind you. 

Frequently asked questions and answers

Still have questions? Lets talk!

You can contact the Community Fundraising Team on community.fundraising@mencap.org.uk and 020 7696 6949 and your local fundraising manager will get in touch as soon as they can.

You can also find Mencap on Facebook and Twitter

Can I fundraise online?

Most certainly! You can find Mencap on Virgin Money Giving. Have a look, it is really easy to set up your own fundraising page.

Virgin Money Giving collects Gift Aid on your behalf and manages all the administration, so it’s less hassle for you, and less cost to Mencap. The funds reach Mencap approximately 2 weeks after the donation is made and go straight to your account with Mencap.


How do I send you the funds I raised?

There are two ways to pay in the funds you raised at an event:

  • Take the funds you raised to the bank. If you need a pay-in slip, please contact us and we’ll send you one.
  • You can also send a cheque for the total amount, payable to Mencap, to: Mencap Events Team, 123 Golden Lane, EC1Y 0RT. Don’t forget to include your name and address.
  • You can also donate to us online but make sure you leave a message on how you have raised the money for Mencap.

What support do you provide?

We have materials such as collection tins and buckets, balloons and T-shirts. We’re always happy to chat about your plans. The more we know about your event, the more we can help!

Please get in touch by completing our online form or via email community.fundraising@mencap.org.uk or contact 020 7696 6949

How does the charity spend its money?

From every £1 raised, 97% is spent on charitable activity. That includes providing services, such as the Mencap Direct helpline and advocacy services, and campaigning.

Everything we do is about supporting and giving a voice to people with a learning disability, their families and carers across the UK.

How can I make sure our fundraising activity is legal and safe?

Download our Fundraising guide. The Institute of Fundraising also provides guidance.

How can I cover the costs of my event?

Our Fundraising guide has tips on how to keep your costs low. For example, you can ask local businesses to sponsor your events, donate materials and prizes, or offer their services free of charge.

Tell us about your fundraising event

We're always happy to chat about your plans. The more we know about your event, the more we can help!

Please submit your details using our event form.

Complete the form

Our 24 hour radio show

Find out what happened when Eric and Stephen challenged themselves to spend 24 hours on air to raise money for Mencap

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Why raise funds for Mencap? 

There are 200 children born each week who will have a learning disability. Without specialist support from the start, those children will find it difficult to reach their potential, and the impact on their families can be devastating.

It doesn’t need to be this way.

We believe that the aspirations a parent or carer has for their child with a learning disability should be the same as those for any other child; to go to school, make friends, get a job and have a place of their own when they’re older.

Mencap’s early years team of specialists offers families a support programme, shaped by real experiences and tailored to their needs. It costs £1,500 to support a family for a year... 

  • £10 can provide an hour of one on one in depth support from an early years support worker in the family home
  • £28 can help pay for a family day out
  • £40 will provide an early years support worker for one afternoon.

Whatever you do, the funds you raise for Mencap will make a real difference to someone’s life and their family. 

Our resources

Use the resources below to help you when you raise funds for Mencap


A to Z of fundraising ideas

See all the ways you can fundraise for Mencap and help us in our work supporting people with learning disabilities, their families and carers.

Download resource A to Z of fundraising

Sponsorship form

Use our sponsorship form to help you collect support for you fundraising event

Download resource
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Learning disability explained

Everything you want to know about learning disability (but were too afraid to ask) all in one booklet

Download resource Learning disability booklet

Fundraising poster

Use this poster to let people know that you're fundraising for Mencap

Download resource Fundraising event poster

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