Five ways to have fun and make a difference this Christmas

2 December 2020

Christmas nativity gingerbread house

Christmas nativity gingerbread house

The excitement of Christmas is in the air, and as the weather gets a bit more chilly and we continue to live with restrictions, we've got everything you need to help you have a fantastic season of fundraising!

Whether you want to run 5km, hold an online carol service, a virtual mince pie and mulled wine evening, or a bake and share event, our easy-to-use toolkits will help support your marvellous fundraising.

1. Fundraise with a Christmassy bake off

Make a Christmas-themed cake, bake-off style, and share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp. Challenge others to do the same, and invite donations to CAFOD. See how many of your friends and family you can get involved!

2. Get festive by hosting an online carol service

Get right into the Christmas spirit by holding an online carol service with your family and friends. We have all the traditional carols ready for you to sing along to - why not get started with 'O come, O come, Emmanuel'? Share the story of Saba and invite people to give to CAFOD.

3. Join our Christmas Fun Run

Take to the streets in your local area on 27 December to run, walk or toddle 5km as part of CAFOD's Christmas Fun Run. This is a virtual event which will be lots of fun, help us all to run off a bit of Christmas excess, and raise vital funds for those living in poverty. You can join us and make a donation or go to JustGiving and ask friends and family to sponsor you.

4. Test your friends with an online quiz

Missing your local's regular pub quiz, or the parish Christmas Quiz? Find out how to host your own evening of online quizzical fun! check out our toolkit to find tips, question sheets and those all-important answers.

And why not make it Christmas-themed? What were the names of the Three Wise Men? You could share some of CAFOD's work and invite donations.

5. Have fun at a mince pie and mulled wine evening

Mulled pies and mince wine

Mulled wine and mince pies

We don't know who would be able to say 'no' to a fundraising event like this! You could hold this event online, gather your friends and family, community and parish to enjoy some time together. Ask people to donate what they might have spent on a Christmas night out.

Find tips for hosting a mince pie and mulled wine fundraising event

Share your fundraising stories with us

However you choose to support families living in poverty this Christmas, let everyone know about it by sharing your stories on email and social media.

We'd love to hear about your plans and see your pictures so get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or email

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