Fundraising on my own

Apperley Quarter marathon runner at the start

Are you keen to make a difference?

By challenging yourself and fundraising for Practical Action, you will be helping some of the world's poorest communities to improve their lives - for good.

If you are a sporty type, there are plenty of fundraising events you could get involved in; local marathons and races are a great place to start, and you don't need anyone else to enter with you. If you would like to look through a list of great fundraising ideas, our Fundraising Guide has all you need to know.


Get in touch and tell us about what you are planning, and we will support your fundraising ideas however we can.

 Profiling our fantastic fundraisers

We have fantastic supporters who go above and beyond to raise money for us to continue transforming the lives of people living in poverty across the world. Here are a few of their stories.

London to Paris cycle

Long-term supporter Norman Head of Staines-upon-Thames completed a fundraising challenge by cycling from London to Paris.

Norman said, "I am very happy to support Practical Action and encourage their work which raises the quality of life for rural communities by providing innovative solutions on important matters such as clean water supply, hygienic waste disposal and reduced smoke cooking methods."

Holding bike up in front of Eiffel Tower after cycling from London


Florence Marathon 2017 runners holding medals

Florence Marathon 2017

Pete and Jess Bagnall ran the Florence Marathon in November 2017. As well as fundraising for Practical Action, they were also taking part to mark Jess' 40th birthday. It was Jess' 10th marathon, but only Pete's first and he enjoyed having the chance to train with his wife,

"The highlight has really been having a common goal for both Jess and I to train for, and occasionally managing to train together. Busy lives and children so often get in the way of the reasons you end up together with someone; it was great to connect closer over something like this. Being able to raise money and spread the word a bit about Practical action was just the icing on the cake."


Apperley Quarter Marathon

In September 2017, Gloucestershire Poet Laureate, Brenda Read-Brown, accomplished the Apperley Quarter Marathon to raise funds for Practical Action. Brenda really enjoyed training, recalling, "Running alongside wheat fields early in the mornings was a joy! And I’m a poet, so it gave me the opportunity to work on poems in my head, with a bit of peace and quiet."

Brenda raised over £250 and really appreciated the support at the event, "It was lovely that people were standing along the route, cheering on even the slow ones like me - this was a real boost."

Apperley Quarter Marathon runner with water bottle


If you have organised a fundraising event for Practical Action and would like to be included on this page, please drop us some information and a couple of photos to:

To take on a challenge event to raise money for Practical Action, please get in touch at

Thank you to everyone for your dedication and support. We couldn't do what we do without you.

Contact our fundraising team

Please get in touch to let us know what you are planning, if you’d like further information or if we can help in any way. Thank you for considering to support us in this way.

Tel: 01926 634506

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