When it comes to charity events in Birmingham, there is never a shortage of something to take part in. If you are planning on raising money for Alder Hey Children’s Charity and you are based in Birmingham, first of all – thank you!

Secondly, it is vital that fundraisers understand what their hard work is going towards. 

Last year we opened Alder Hey in the Park, the only hospital in Europe to be built in a Park, and we raised over £20m for life-saving medical equipment, research and vital facilities to help families across the UK. Donations and money raised are already being put to great use to help families and young patients every single day.

Completing your charity challenge in Birmingham will now help deliver life-changing and life-saving research into childhood conditions like arthritis, cancer and diabetes. This research can help children everywhere. Before testing a new treatment for juvenile arthritis, Lily was in too much pain to play with friends at school. Now, she's able to do gymnastics and loves it!

No matter what time of year you would like complete your charity challenge in Birmingham, there are numerous options throughout 2016 for you to choose from. Don’t forget – when you have made your choice out of the countless charity fundraising ideas in Birmingham, it is then time to start raising the funds! Set up a free online donation page in order to give your family, friends and colleagues a simple way of sponsoring you. Some of the most popular are JustGiving, Virgin Money Giving and My Donate, as they automatically transfer the funds raised directly to us after your event.

However, if you are still stuck for fundraising ideas for charity challenges in Birmingham, here are a few suggestions:

Born Survivor 

This event is well known as one of the most demanding and gruelling obstacles challenges in the country. In 2016, Born Survivor will be taking place in Birmingham in July. The challenge involves 10km of some of the toughest, dirtiest obstacles you can imagine – if mud, barbed wire and climbing vertical walls sound like fun to you, look no further!

Great Birmingham Run 

Taking place this October, the Great Birmingham Run is a half marathon, and is open to all ages. Live music from “bands on the run” keep you motivated throughout your challenge and the course takes you past some of Birmingham’s biggest landmarks.

Ironkids 

This one is strictly for the kids! Aimed at children aged 3 – 14, Ironkids is taking part in June this year just north of Birmingham. Based on the Ironman event designed for adults, Ironkids is a run-only event whereby the distance is dependent on the age of the child. Nursey-aged children have the challenge of running 500m, whereas Year 10 children must cover 2,500m to complete the race.

Skydiving

Jump for FREE from 10,000 feet - taking off most weekends from an airfield near you! This exhilarating experience costs you nothing when you raise over £395 for Alder Hey so email [email protected] for more information.

Picked your event? There's 4 easy steps to begin your Alder Hey charity challenge

  1. Register for your challenge or event with the organiser directly. Then email us or call 0151 252 5716 with your name, address and details of what you're doing.

  2. Set up a free online donation page to give friends, family and colleagues a really easy way to sponsor you. Try JustgivingVirgin Money Giving or My Donate - they all automatically transfer the money you've raised to us after your event.

  3. Check out our downloads page for a fundraising packs and an offline sponsorship form. 

  4. Spread the word! Use your social networks and community organisations to let people know what you're doing.

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