Fundraising for Petrus

We organise fundraising events ourselves such as fun runs and sleepouts. Keep an eye on our social media pages for upcoming events!

But we also encourage anyone to organise their own fundraising event. Here are some ideas:

  • Take part in a sponsored event, such as a fun run or bike ride

  • Organise your own event, like a music night or afternoon tea

  • Pack bags in your local supermarket

  • Take on a big challenge like skydiving or wingwalking

  • Do a sweepstake during a tournament or race.

Let us know what you’re up to!

We love hearing about our supporters and what you’re planning. We can provide you with marketing materials to help you to share what we do.

Click here for top tips to make your fundraising a success!

Prepare and give it some thought! 

Being organised will ensure the success of your fundraising, regardless of what you have pledged to do to support us.

Below are some of our top tips to help: 

Keep it simple

Large events are always best and great ways to raise money, but smaller and simpler acts can still make big impact. From making coffee for your colleagues and charging £1... it all adds up! 

Be organised

Start by making a list of what you require and what needs to be done, then plan times of when each step must be completed by. Make note of who you will ask to get involved or help. 

If you are doing a sponsored event or activity like a swim, run, cycle etc, remember to get your forms out in plenty of time. Enlist the support of family, friends and colleagues! 

Draw up a budget

Are there any upfront expenses? Make sure you know that your event will be profitable for the cause you're raising money for. Costs could be claimed back out of what you raise, but you cannot give yourself a fee. Remember, your cause can advise further on legislation. 

Publicise your event

Social media, local press, emails at work, posters... if people don’t know about it, how will it be successful? Be sure to spread the word to encourage people to get involved in your fundraising! 

Let us know

Get in touch with us to tell us what you’re planning and when so we can make sure that you have all you need and so we can celebrate your efforts with our supporters. Contact us at 

Whenever you publicise your fundraising on social media, be sure to tag us in your post on our Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.  

Keep it safe and legal

The health and safety of all our supporters is a priority. Please make sure that whatever you’re doing to help raise money for our cause that you do it safely and legally. 

Some things to consider: 

  • Permission - If you’re holding an event in a public place, you must get permission first. This might be from the local authority or property owner. 

  • Photos and videos - If you plan to take photos or videos of other people during your fundraising, please make them aware. 

  • Insurance - If your event involves the public, it’s likely that you will need to have Public Liability Insurance. If you’re hiring a venue then check whether they already have this. 

If you have any more questions about keeping your fundraising safe and legal then please get in touch. We’re here at every turn to provide help and the information you need. Contact us at 

Remember the difference you’ll make

Don’t forget to remind yourself that the effort you’re putting in to raise funds for us will make a difference to the lives people who have experienced homelessness. 

Thank you, we really appreciate your support! 


Recognising every opportunity 

Thinking like a fundraiser means recognising that everyone can help. You just need to identify who and how. 

The sooner you realise how someone can help, the more confident you’ll feel to ask them for support and in turn, the better the outcome of your fundraising will be.  

Here are some ways that individuals can support you in your fundraising: 

TIME – If a person is unable to help with a donation of cash or goods, then they may be able to offer their time. For example, helping you with organising an event, answering calls and emails, packing bags alongside you, baking cakes to save your time. Their time is just as valuable as a physical donation. 

TREASURE – Individuals might be able to support your fundraising through donations – both monetary or goods. Even if they were to donate old clothing or treasures for you to sell on and raise money through. Every penny counts and can help to make a difference. 

TALENT – If people can’t donate time or treasure, then maybe they could share their talent. Are they good at something that could help your fundraising? Cooking? Party planning? Writing or design? Are they in a band that could play at one of your events? Try to get them involved by sharing what they are good at. Community is key, and we all have something to offer. 

Schools, colleges and universities

Is your school, college or university looking for a charity to support?

Or are you interested in raising other people’s awareness of homelessness and the complexities surrounding it?

We’d love to come share our knowledge and engage all ages to improve their understanding and learn ways they can help tackle the issue.

But not all our work is about education, it’s also important that it is fun, rewarding, open to all and making a real difference to the community that you live in.

If you're a student and have ideas on how your school, college or university could work with our charity, please speak to a member of staff and ask them to get in touch with us.

To find out more or to book a school visit then please contact

School fundraising ideas

  • School Sleepout - Raise money for Petrus while facing the elements or at least your sports hall in aid of homelessness. All you'll need is: 
    • Consent from your school and parents
    • Signup sheet (we can provide you with these)
    • Sponsorship forms and posters advertising your event
  • Own clothes day
  • Cake sales
  • Sponsored walks and sports days
  • Sponsored readathon (encourages reading while helping a cause!)
  • A school play/production with ticket fees for guests

Whatever you choose to do, you will be making a huge difference to the people we support and those affected by homelessness.

Corporate support

Your organisation can help to make a big difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

From doing a raffle in your office to choosing us as your Charity of the Year, by supporting Petrus, you can make a real social impact.

Fundraising is a great way to meet your social responsibility objectives, while raising moral and motivating your staff at the same time.

If you’d like your company or employer to support Petrus, please visit our Corporate support and partnerships page.

Volunteering opportunities

The gift of time is the most precious of all, it is something that cannot be replaced.

If you’re passionate about ending homelessness and would like to support us through becoming a volunteer, we’d love to hear from you.

We have a variety of opportunities to join our volunteer programme across our services, including at our community garden PIER.

Click here to find out more over on our Volunteer page.

Leave a gift in your Will

Your Will is a way to leave a future gift to the people and causes that you care most about.

By providing a legacy as little as 1% of your estate, you are giving us an opportunity to continue supporting those affected by homelessness, being a part of helping them to rebuild their lives and feel as though they belong, all while strengthening the community around us. 

For more advice on how to write your Will or to discuss your gifts for the future, please contact

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