Fundraise for us

Get involved!  

There are lots of fun and easy ways for you to raise funds for our breast cancer research. However you want to get involved, we're here to help at every step of the way. Thank you for everything you do. 

Take part in a sports event and raise funds for Life Cycle

From marathons to triathlons to obstacle courses - take part in a fun event

Upcoming events:


The Suffering Obstacle Race
29 October, Nottingham

Stanwick Lakes Santa Run
27 November, Wellingborough

Christmas Cracker Race
17 December, Warwick

Greater Manchester Marathon
2 April 2017, Manchester

Boston Marathon UK
17 April 2017, Boston Lincolnshire

Taking part in another event?

Let us know so we can send you some sponsorship forms!  

t: 0115 74 84809 


Join our Robin Hood Way walk in June

Keen walker? Organise a sponsored walk and raise funds doing something you love

You can organise a sponsored walk for family and friends or maybe take on on a bigger challenge like The Three Peaks?

Whatever you decide we are here to support you and can provide lots of useful tips on how to make the most of your fundraising.

Get in touch with our Community Fundraising Manager for more information.


t: 0115 74 84809


Seeking adventure? Take part in one of our challenge activities

Seeking adventure? Join one of our challenge activities - from overseas treks to skydiving

2016 - 2017
Langar Airfield

Enjoy the exhilarating and unforgettable feeling of a skydive - flying through the clouds from over 10,000 feet at up to 120mph!

This incredible challenge will give you the biggest adrenaline rush you could ever imagine, and you'll soar through the air knowing you're raising vital funds for our breast cancer research. Take a look at our video for a taste of what you'll experience.

So what are you waiting for?! Book your skydive today 

London to Paris Bike Ride
19-23 July 2017

Cycling is a huge part of Life Cycle, but why not give your challenge an international flavour with our London to Paris Bike Ride. Cycle through beautiful English villages and the stunning countryside of rural France on this incredible journey, arriving in Paris to coincide with the Tour de France finish. 

Watch our video to get a flavour of this spectacular five-day challenge. 

Book your place to take part in this incredible event.

Kilimanjaro Trek
27 September-7 October 2017

Take on the world's tallest free-standing mountain in one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of your life. Do something amazing to raise funds for our breast cancer research and take part in this truly magnificent journey.

For sneak peek of what to expect take a look at our video.

Want to take on the challenge? Book your place

Find out more

If you'd like more information about any of our challenge events, please get in touch with Dawn, our Community Fundraiser.

t: 0115 74 84809



Bring out your creative side and raise funds for Life Cycle

Whether you love dancing or baking, crafts or knitting, get creative for Life Cycle

You don’t need to own a bike to get involved in Life Cycle. We’ve been bowled over by some of the amazing activities people have done to help raise funds for our research. 

Sweet music 

Could you follow in Min Rose’s footsteps and do something musical - hold a performance or get people together for a gig? Last year, Min Rose recorded an album which helped raise funds for our dementia research.   

Brilliant baking 

Cake sales are always popular – and you don’t need to be Mary Berry! From fail-safe recipes to creative concoctions – a bake sale is a great way to get lots of people involved.

“I know the answer” 

Hold a quiz and discover how competitive your friends and colleagues really are! We’ve pulled together a quiz pack to help you get started. 

Going, going… gone! 

Promises auctions are a great way to find out people’s hidden talents! Could you give a golf lesson or offer to clean someone’s house for a day? Choose a skill and auction it off to the highest bidder.  

Whatever you choose to do – knitting nights, sweepstakes, fancy dress days or a film evening – don’t forget to tell us too. We’re here to help. 



Top 10 fundraising tips and suggestions

Ensure your fundraising event or activity is a success with our top 10 fundraising tips

1. Start early 

Planning your event can take time, so start early! Tell your family and friends about what you're doing and ask them to donate, cheer you on, or help you promote your event. A great way to raise those first few pounds. 

2. Sponsorship page

The easiest way of getting sponsored is to set up a JustGiving page. Follow our simple guide below to create your own page. Once created, you can forward your link by email or social media and ask for sponsorship. 

3. If you don't ask...

Don't be afraid to ask for sponsorship. The worst anyone can say is "no". A personal approach often works best, so talk to people or email them individually. Remember to tell them:

  • What you're doing
  • Why you're doing it
  • How much more you need to raise to meet your target
  • What their contribution will help you achieve
  • Fundraising deadline (the date you want to have all funds collected)

4. Easy money

However you collect your donations, ask UK taxpayers to tick the Gift Aid box on your JustGiving page or sponsorship form. That means we'll recieve 25p extra from the government for every £1 donated. 

5. Spread the word

Why not give a talk about your event at your community group, school or workplace? Don't forget to ask local stores, doctors and newsagents if you can display posters or flyers promoting your event.

6. Get connected 

The internet is a great way to get publicity. You could:

  • Create an event page on Facebook with a link to your JustGiving page
  • Write a blog about your event
  • Give weekly updates via Twitter about how much you've raised

One simple way to raise awareness is to add a signature to the bottom of your emails giving details about your event. 

7. Double your money

Ask your employer if they have a matched giving scheme. They could make a big difference by doubling the money you raise. 

8. Jump start your donations

There are lots of ways to boost your fundraising. Here are a few ideas:

  • Hold a quiz night (charge teams to enter)
  • Organise a bake sale
  • Ask colleagues to donate one cup of coffee
  • Organise a dress down day at work and ask everyone to donate £1

Check out our A-Z of fundraising for other creative ways of meeting your target. 

9. A picture tells a thousand words

Make sure there's someone to take photos of your activity or event. These are vital for getting press coverage and donations after your event, and they could inspire other people. Don't forget to email your photos to us too.

10. We can help

Get in touch with our Community Fundraiser, Dawn Broomfield and let us know what you're doing so we can help promote your event.

We can send you collection tins and lots of other materials - we're with you all the way!


Organise your own event

Whatever your fundraising event, we're here to help you get off to a flying start

Are you great at getting people together? Maybe you have a soft spot for dancing, a love of wacky hairstyles or even a desire to wear fancy dress for the day?

But before you get stuck in, here are some quick tips to help your event run smoothly.   

Find the idea that’s right for you 

There are lots of fantastic ways to fundraise - a great starting point is to find something you enjoy doing. Could you hold a cake sale, organise an office dress down day or get people together for a dance or quiz night? Your event can be as big – or as little – as you like.    

Get planning 

Put some time into the planning and you’ll reap the rewards. Choose a date that works for you and for those you want to get involved (friends, family, colleagues) – making sure it doesn’t clash with other events. Choose a venue that has all the facilities you need – from enough space inside to parking outside. You’ll also need to check the venue’s public liability insurance to make sure it covers the owners’ liability risks. 

Set your budget

Prepare a simple budget which includes the costs you expect to incur (promotion, venue, materials) and estimate how much money will come in (tickets, sponsorship etc). Don’t be afraid to ask suppliers for support – they may offer a discount or donate goods or time.  Local companies might also be willing to sponsor your event or provide a raffle prizes. 

Spread the word 

Tell people about your activity. Ask friends, family and colleagues to help you. Get the word out through social media or by putting up posters or leaflets. And don’t forget to tell us too – we can help you drum up interest. 

Enjoy your event

After all the hard work is done and the day is finally here, make sure you time to have some fun too. You’ve done something fantastic – enjoy it! 

Pay in your money 

It’s easy to send us the funds you have raised. You can send a cheque payable to The University of Nottingham to:
Community Fundraising Manager, The University of Nottingham, Campaign and Alumni Relations Office, Ground Floor Pope Building, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Or email us direct at e: for our bank details

Pat yourself on the back 

You’ve done it! All your efforts and energy are helping fund life-saving breast cancer research at our centres in Nottingham and Derby. 100% of every penny you raise will go direct to our research laboratories. Thank you for everything you’ve done.           



Set up a JustGiving page

It's quick and easy to set up a fundraising page for Life Cycle - follow our simple steps

JustGiving have made it nice and easy to set up a fundraising page for a registered charity like the University. Follow the steps below to create your page: 

1. Visit and click on 'Get started'

2. Click on 'Start fundraising' for a charity

3. Type in 'The University of Nottingham in the search for a cause box. Click 'Select' on The University of Nottingham. 

4. Select 'Personal challenge'

5. Fill in your event details:

  • Event type - describe your event. eg personal cycle or bake sale
  • Event name - free for you to choose!
  • Event date - choose a date for your event. If you are doing multiple events throughout Life Cycle 6, choose the date of the last event you will be taking part in to ensure your page remains open for donations. 
  • Fundraising address - choose a memorable web page address

6. Choose the most appropriate answers to the Gift Aid questions here. If you're running a bake sale or selling tickets to an event, raffle or auction, the donations to your page won't be eligible for Gift Aid. 

7. Now, your page is set up. You can edit the page, add photos and amend your personal story and total by clicking 'edit this page' in the top right hand corner.

8. Before logging out, visit Life Cycle's JustGiving page:

Click on 'Join the team' and select the page you want to add. Your page should now be linked to the Life Cycle 6 team page. This means any money you raise will go straight towards Life Cycle. 

Need help?

If you need any extra help setting up your page, visit the JustGiving help section


Download our fundraising pack

Download our handy pack to help you plan your fundraising event or activity

In our fundraising pack, you'll find lots of ideas to help you get started - however you choose to get involved. 

Download our fundraising pack

Don't forget to check out our A-Z of fundraising for lots of creative ways to reach your target. 

Download A-Z of fundraising

Keep in touch

If you'd like any extra help and support, or to let us know what you have planned, contact Dawn, our Community Fundraising Manager. 

t: 0115 74 84809


Download sponsorship forms

Raising funds for our research is easy with our simple sponsorship forms
Here's our Life Cycle 6 sponsorship form

Download our sponsorship form

How to pay in your money

There are three main ways to pay in the funds you've raised: 

Community Fundraising Manager
Campaign and Alumni Relations Office
Ground Floor Pope Building
University Park