Poppy Picnic

Poppy Picnic

Raising money

We simply couldn't provide our vital services without the people who support us.  Thank you for showing your support by hosting a Poppy Picnic.

Flying kites & mini bitesAsking people for money isn't always easy, that's why the Poppy Picnic pack comes with a special collection box. As well as rattling your collection box there are many other ways that you could raise vital funds for the Legion at your Poppy Picnic. Perhaps you could have a fancy dress competition, guess the weight of a cake or even organise a tug-of-war! Have a look at some of the fun and exciting suggestions below to make the most of your Poppy Picnic.

Don't forget to invite as many guests as you can – and remember to make the most of the internet and email. Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are great ways to get the message out.

  1. Face painting – this is a great one for the kids. Whether they want Spiderman or a butterfly it's sure to brighten their day.
  2. Bake sale – they'll sell like hot cakes! Charging a small fee for sweet treats at your Poppy Picnic is a great way to make a little bit of extra cash for a great cause.
  3. Sponsored rounders match – get together with a group of friends and organise a game of rounders, a great way to spend a summer afternoon in the park, and everyone knows the rules!
  4. Race day – have an alternative race day. Wind up toys, rubber ducks or even snails. The only limit is your imagination. Just set up the course, ask friends to sponsor a 'runner' and cheer for the lucky winner!
  5. Apple bobbing – number underneath the apples and you can bob for prizes! This could be a fun alternative to a raffle or you could give a prize for the faster bobber in the west.
  6. Egg and spoon race – if you like a little bit of competition but nothing too serious, how about egg and spoon, three-legged, space hopper or sack races? There are lots of other silly races you can organise: high on fun, laughter and money raising potential.
  7. Book sale – raise cash for the Legion by holding a book sale. Each of your guests could bring along some pre-loved books which could be sold for a small fee. Maybe your local book club would like to be involved?
  8. Treasure hunts – set up a treasure hunt for the kids in your garden and ask parents to pay a small fee to take part. Prizes could include sweets and traditional 'party bag' toys.
  9. Open garden – how about organising an open garden weekend? With the support of keen gardeners in your area you can ask visitors to donate an entry fee and pay for refreshments. You can even hold a raffle with some prize cuttings or offer gardening lessons!
  10. How many sweets in the jar? – Jellybeans in a jar is a popular choice but you can let your imagination run wild this one.

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