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5 Leap Year fundraising campaigns

5 Leap Year fundraising campaigns

With Leap Years happening only once every four years and providing us all with an extra day, they present a good opportunity for charities to ask people to donate those extra 24 hours to charity.

Here are five charities that are using this year’s February 29th as a hook for new fundraising ideas:

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1) Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is asking people to fundraise by doing something memorable this leap day Monday 29th February. Suggestions include a head shave and a bake sale, and participants can download a fundraising pack from the site.


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2) Save the Children UK’s  Student Skydive 2016

Save the Children UK is targeting students this Leap Year by asking them to make the extra count by signing up to do a skydive between the 1st and 29th of February.


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3) University of Edinburgh’s Big Leap

The University of Edinburgh is asking staff, students and Edinburgh friends and businesses to use the extra day to fundraise for the University by becoming part of its Big Leap, either on 29th February or on any other day this year that suits them. Organised include a cake bake record attempt on 29th February, a firewalk, an art sale and a rolling haggis zorbing challenge. Students can also organise their own fundraising activity.



4) Derriford Hospital, Plymouth’s 336 Cancer Challenge

The 336 Cancer Challenge is a fundraising campaign aimed at raising money to improve the environment for the hospital’s cancer patients through a number of events throughout the year, including a hospital radio Beatleathon, and a Build a Lego Number 336 fundraising activity.


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5) Clic Sargent’s Leap Day – Make it count!

An extra day in the year means an extra day of care is needed and across the UK on 29th February, CLIC Sargent care professionals will provide 850 hours of support to young cancer patients. To help cover the costs, the charity is asking people to fundraise, donate, or sign up to a personal challenge in its Leap Day – Make it count! campaign.


Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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