30 for 30 challenge: raising £30,000 in 2023 to mark 30 years of The Brain Charity

This year – 2023 – marks The Brain Charity’s 30th birthday.

Our charity was founded 30 years ago, in 1993, by doctors at The Walton Centre, who knew better community support was needed for people with neurological diagnoses.

We have since grown to a team of more than 50 members of staff and more than 80 volunteers, helping thousands of people with neurological conditions each year.

The 30 for 30 challenge

To mark 30 years of helping people with all forms of neurological conditions, we’ve launched the 30 for 30 challenge.

Throughout 2023, we’re inviting The Brain Charity’s supporters to create their own fundraising challenge involving the number 30.

Set up a donations page and ask your friends, family, colleagues and supporters to sponsor you with donations to support The Brain Charity.

All fundraisers who take part in the challenge and help us towards our £30,000 target will receive a commemorative 30th anniversary pin badge.

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Here’s 30 30-themed charity fundraising ideas to get you started:

Feeling active?

Feeling adventurous?

  • Climb 30 mountains in a year
  • Take on a Tough Mudder as part of a team of 30
  • Complete the Three Peaks Challenge within 30 hours
  • Bungee jump from 300 feet, or skydive from 15,000ft in a team of two (30.000ft combined)
  • Create a treasure hunt with 30 clues – then let your friends and family loose on it!

Host an event

  • Organise a Brain Charity bake sale with 30 colleagues – and bake 30 types of sweet treat
  • Host an afternoon tea or Come Dine with Me-style cooking event for 30 people
  • Get 30 friends together for a Brain Charity-themed party or pub quiz
  • Organise a virtual 30-hour gameathon – and stream it live on Twitch to boost your donations!
  • Host a online cookalong or quiz for 30 people

Get creative

  • Hand make 30 items and sell them to raise funds for The Brain Charity
  • Carry out 30 manicures, massages or haircuts in 24 hours
  • Watch 30 films in a month – or in a week, if you’re feeling ambitious!
  • Make a Brain Charity sponsored Spotify playlist and invite 30 people you know to add songs in return for a donation

Something quirky?

  • Take a selfie in a Brain Charity t-shirt in 30 different locations
  • Take part in a 30-hour sponsored silence
  • Organise a 30-themed world record attempt

Something else?

  • Invite 30 friends to join The Brain Charity’s lottery
  • Buy 30 Brain Charity pet bandanas & give them out to deserving furry friends
  • Grow your best handlebar moustache for 30 days
  • Give up your favourite thing for 30 days
  • Help pack 30 bags at your local supermarket in exchange for donations
  • Find 30 things around your home you no longer use and donate them to The Brain Charity for us to sell on our eBay page to raise funds

Sign up now

To sign up to take part in the 30 for 30 challenge, simply complete the form below.

30 for 30 challenge sign up

Our fundraising team will then get in touch and help you get set up for receiving donations and sponsorship – whether via an online fundraising page such as JustGiving, GoFundMe or Facebook, or using paper sponsorship forms.

Everyone who commits to raising at least £100 for The Brain Charity will receive a free Brain Charity t-shirt or running vest and a commemorative 30 for 30 pin badge upon completion.

You will also receive exclusive access to our 30 for 30 challenge Facebook group, so you can chat to other fundraisers and cheer each other on!

Get in touch

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your own idea for a 30 for 30 fundraiser, The Brain Charity’s fundraising team would love to hear from you!

Email the fundraising team on fundraising@thebraincharity.org.uk. Alternatively, call Tui Benjamin Thorp, Head of Fundraising, on 07851 260 470 or Rob Watson, Community Fundraising Officer, on 0151 207 8517.