Fundraising Ideas

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Eleanor Hicks The Bhopal Medical Appeal picnic in Hyde Park after the London 10K run.

Fundraise for The Bhopal Medical Appeal

There are many fun and rewarding ways to fundraise and help provide free healthcare to the survivors of the ongoing disaster in Bhopal. Whether it’s holding a bake sale, running a marathon, or hosting a film night there are lots of ways you can raise money for The Bhopal Medical Appeal. You can fundraise at school or university, at work, within your community or as part of a larger group. Be as creative and innovative as you want, whatever you choose to do we would love to help and support you.

Need help with fundraising?

However you choose to fundraise for us we are here to help you, we are here to help you with advice, flyers, posters or publicity. Contact us here, we would love to hear about your plans.

We are a UK registered charity, supported entirely by voluntary donations. Let your sponsors know how important the work is in Bhopal and where their money will be going. Whatever amount is donated you can tell your sponsors that a gift of any amount will help us make a difference. You can find out more about our work here.

Ideas and Inspiration

Our supporters have come up with some great ways of raising funds for the Bhopal Medical Appeal over the years, read some of them below for inspiration. We are always open to new ideas and encourage people to be as creative and inclusive as they like!

Creative: Hold a bake sale or curry evening. Host a coffee morning with a local community group or have a bake-off. Hold a raffle or a sweepstake, or host a quiz. Having a spring clean? Then why not hold a table-top sale or sell your unwanted items on eBay?

Informative: Raise awareness about Bhopal throughout your school, university or work place; hold a film screening or hand out flyers,

Active: One of the most popular ways to fundraise. Run, walk, cycle, paddle and swim for the Bhopal Medical Appeal. Visit our Challenge Events page for information on upcoming events and ways to challenge yourself and raise money for a great cause.

With a little imagination, there are endless ways in which you can fundraise for the BMA. Paul “The Bhopal Beardpal” Armfield held a beard shave-off and raised £3500!


 Getting Started

Find an event you’d like to do and which you think your friends and family will sponsor you to do. Let people know why you’re doing it for the Bhopal Medical Appeal; spread the word, include others.

The best way to raise funds is to set up a fundraising page and let everyone know about it. The two most popular ones are JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving.

Start fundraising with JustGiving                                                             Fundraise for us using Virgin Money Giving)

You can personalise your page with pictures and information about yourself, your challenge, and us, your cause. Direct your sponsors to these pages and they can donate directly to the charity.

You can also create flyers and posters (we would be happy to send you templates and copies of our logo) to publicise your event. You could write a blog about your fundraising, email your work colleagues, or contact your local paper. Don’t forget to let people know through Facebook and Twitter as well!

If you are organising events or taking part with others, and would like some help or advice in setting up an online fundraising page or with collecting donations you can contact us here.

 Paying donations in

  • Online. The good news is that, if you are using a JustGiving or VirginMoneyGiving page, then you don’t have to do anything! The money is paid directly to us and, so long as your sponsors are eligible and tick the box, so is the Gift Aid.
  • Online bank transfer. You can make an online bank transfer directly to us. Please contact us for the reference and bank details.
  • Over the phone. Call us and we will be able to take an instant payment over the phone and the money will be added to your fundraising total.
  • By cheque. Make cheques payable to ‘The Bhopal Medical Appeal with your name and your event clearly stated on the back. Please send cheques to our Brighton office: The Bhopal Medical Appeal, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3xg

Gift Aid

By allowing us to claim the tax back on people’s donations we can increase the value of your fundraising. If you are fundraising through JustGiving or VirginMoneyGiving, your sponsors will be able to automatically gift aid their donations online. If you are fundraising a different way then we can provide you with Gift Aid forms for your sponsors to fill out; all they need to do to make a simple Gift Aid declaration include their name and full residential address including postcode. For Gift Aid forms please contact us here or download a form here.

Where Will Your Sponsors’ Money Go?

£3 pays for monthly renal function tests for TWELVE people

£5 pays for a child’s minibus journey to and from the Chingari clinic for two weeks

£8 pays for one month’s rent on the community unit used to carry out screening work 

£10 pays for a child to have a whole month’s speech therapy

£15 pays for six weeks’ worth of organic vermi compost for the garden

£30 provides a month’s physiotherapy for THREE children

£50 provides special education to SIX children for a month

£125 funds a community health worker for two weeks

£200 provides a month’s supply of inhalers for FIFTY people with asthma

£300 buys a set of doctor’s medical examination tools for one year

£500 helps train an entire community in how to prevent TB

£1250 employs a children’s physiotherapist for four months

£7,200 pays a doctor’s salary for a year

£19,250 runs the entire Sambhavna clinic for one month

Good luck with your fundraising and don’t forget to thank everyone who sponsors you!


We believe Dow must finally accept responsibility for Bhopal. Until then, The Bhopal Medical Appeal funds two award-winning clinics in the city. Both offer free, first-class care to victims of the gas disaster or the ongoing water contamination. The survivors have nowhere else left to turn – please help if you can.