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.


Janice chases her dreams

Janice Allan is a doctor in her mid-fifties. She is married with two children of 20 and 23 and works in a Sexual Health Clinic. She describes the joys of long distance running.

“I always felt intimidated by road running. It felt to me it was so much about speed and that was something I was never good at. I found some very friendly trail events where despite coming over the finish line at the back of the pack I still felt good about myself. Not completing an event is never seen as a failure. Running itself can be a great way to free yourself up from worries.

I'm not fast. I’ve always been a keen hill walker so maybe it’s not too surprising that I moved sideways into running off road. The distances gradually increased. Trail marathons in 2012, 2013 and 2014 led to a 55k event in 2015, 110k in 2016, and 50 miles in 2017 and a 100 mile event in 2018. These long distance events often involve long spells of walking.

I'm not sure I can put into words how great it feels to run through the night and being out there when the sun rises. Fellow runners who have never met before keep each other going. It’s amazing when the sun goes down how complete strangers group together to help with route finding.  

My daughter came along to some early events to do the races for children. She is now in her early 20s and last year joined me in a trail half marathon. It was a pretty special moment coming over the finish line together.

I know it probably sounds a bit contrived but for me running makes me realise how kind life has been to me, how fortunate it is to be healthy, how lucky I am to live where these things are possible and how much we depend on the support of others to allow us to chase our dreams.

Despite being familiar with long distances a road marathon will be a real challenge for me given the pace. My intention is to enjoy the moment as much as I can and raise some money for Practical Action along the way."   

We wish her all the best! Please do support her


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

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."


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 runner with water bottle

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."


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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