Whether it’s a glamorous black-tie ball in a stunning venue, a sponsored cycle ride to France or a fancy dress obstacle course, there’s something out there to suit everyone who wants to raise some much-needed cash for a worthwhile cause. Read on for our guide to the top charity events in Essex.
If you fancy getting your gladrags on, a ball might take your fancy. These events don’t just involve sitting down to dinner these days: many have entertainment in the form of comedians, magicians or tribute acts. They may also have a silent auction with all sorts of interesting things up for grabs.
Many charities also decide to host a concert, particularly around Christmas time. These might involve local choirs and require a certain element of audience participation, which adds to the fun. Everyone enjoys singing carols, and these are a great way to support a charity.
Attending a race night can also be a glamorous way of raising money while having a flutter, and quiz nights are always a good laugh.
With Christmas just around the corner, why not see if there are any festive charity events in Essex? A Santa dash will see you get fit and be a bit daft as you dress up either on your own or in a team. If you’re not a runner, you can always walk; it’s not meant to be serious and is a whole heap of fun.
There are all sorts of fitness challenges, including muddy races, colour runs, where you walk, jog or run 5k while getting covered in paint at each kilometre, or marathon walks, including the Moonlight Colourthon, which takes place in Southend. These don’t just involve turning up: there are often DJ sets, games and giveaways.
There are always a host of cycling events which raise funds if two wheels are more your thing, and if you’re more of an adrenaline junkie, why not see if you can do a charity skydive or abseil in Essex?
Here Come the Girls
No woman is going to say no to a bit of pampering, so a ladies’ pamper evening is always popular. Combined with a bit of retail therapy and a glass of prosecco, it’s the perfect night out, so why not give your girlfriends a buzz and treat yourselves together?
At this time of year, there are plenty of charity Christmas markets where you can get in the festive mood, buy some gifts and have a great family night out.
If no events take your fancy, you could always host your own. Get friends together for a coffee morning or host a dinner party in return for donations.
Whatever charity event you fancy, there is always something out there to appeal, so you can have fun with friends and family while raising funds for charity at the same time. There’s no reason not to make 2017 the year for trying something new, challenging yourself and others or just getting together to help someone in need.