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Sport Relief from your sofa

It is that time again when the public are encouraged to run, walk or wheel the Sport Relief Mile. But if you do not want to take part in the mile, how else can you get involved and raise some money?

You can also support the cause by buying merchandise like socks, t-shirts and drinks bottles. Photograph: Nick Higgins

Sport relief takes place every two years as it alternates with it’s parent event Comic Relief. Since beginning in 2002 it has raised over £80 million.

The money raised helps poor and disadvantaged people both in the UK and in countries all over the world.

At the very heart of the event is the Sport Relief Mile. People of all ages, shapes and sizes are encouraged to get active and challenge themselves to raise money for sport relief.

But whilst some people keenly take up the challenge, others are filled with dread at the very thought of it.

So if you do not want to take part in the Sport Relief Mile, how can you be more creative in your fund raising efforts, here are my top seven suggestions.

Hold a sports quiz

Having a sports quiz in your local pub can be great fun and requires no physical exercise. Ask everyone to pay a small fee to take part in the quiz. You can also arrange for a percentage of drinks sales from the evening to go to sport relief too.

Be your hero

Hold a dress-up day at your work, school, college or university. Ask people to pay a small fee to take part, and they can come dressed as their sporting heroes.


Organise a competition on your favourite sports computer game. Ask all your friends to pay a small fee to take part. The winner walks away with the bragging rights. (until next time).

Sing along

Hold a good old-fashioned karaoke night among friends and ask for a small fee to take part.


Take part in Danny Baker’s ‘shirt of hurt’ challenge by putting on the shirt of your team’s rival club. If you can go through with it, get your friends and family to sponsor you to wear it for a whole day.

Race night

Hold a race night at your home or local pub. Ask people to pay a small fee to take part and use poker chips or monopoly money to gamble with. That way you do not have to pay out all the money collected for sport relief.

Practice makes perfect

Ask your friends and family to sponsor you to take conversions at your local rugby club. Take 50 place kicks from various positions on the field and ask people to sponsor you a certain amount of money for each converted kick.

This can be done with other things too.  get sponsored for every penalty you score or save, or even ask for a certain amount to be donated everytime you hit the bar from the edge of the box.

Sport Relief weekend takes place between the 19th and 21st March.

By Nick Higgins


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