Every year, our supporters do the most amazing things to raise money for Friends for Leisure. Every penny makes a huge difference to lives of children and young people with disabilities across Cheshire East. We raise funds from a variety of groups and organisations to make sure the charity isn’t over reliant on one source. That could include you!

Find out more about the many ways you can help local disabled children feel less lonely and enjoy fun and friendship:


As an individual you can be as imaginative and wacky as you like to raise funds for Friends for Leisure! Any idea is possible – just get in touch with Claire, our Fundraising Coordinator, and she’ll help you get everything in place to make sure you are safe, successful and have great fun!

A few ideas to get you thinking though….

Give it up – alcohol, social media, chocolate…you choose and get sponsored for it!

Challenge yourself – it could be a 5 hour danceathon! Or for an even bigger challenge join one of our UK or overseas adventure challenges, in conjunction with Global Adventure Challenges

Save your pennies in one of our Friends for Leisure change boxes – get in touch and we’ll post one out to you.

Toby Miller, from Congleton, ran the London 2019 marathon and raised an amazing £1,000 to provide more youth group activities in Congleton.
Alison Cartwright, a parent of one of our young people, organised a Mexican Fiesta night with food, music and a raffle, raising an incredible £1,500 for the charity
Click here to download a paper version of our sponsorship form
Another way you can support us through creating a lasting memory is by leaving a gift in your Will. Our legacy leaflet explains how you can do this.

Schools, Colleges and Universities

Friends for Leisure already works closely with lots of local schools, colleges and universities through our Volunteering Programme. However, we’d love to get you involved with our fundraising efforts too if you can.

We can integrate fundraising with the opportunity to promote our volunteering opportunities as well as disability awareness in assemblies or at events if this is of interest.

What could you do? Anything that children and teachers are excited and interested in! A non-uniform day, a sponsored silence, a disco – whatever works best for you!

Contact Claire to chat more on 01260 275333 or

school fundraising girl archery

Businesses and Employees

We’d love for you to become an official ‘Business Buddy’ of Friends for Leisure. By working together with us in one or more of these ways you’ll be showing your local community how caring and considerate your company is, bring staff members together to boost morale and encourage team-work, as well as benefit from increased publicity and networking:

  • One-off or monthly donations
  • Tax-effective payroll giving
  • Staff fundraising in the workplace e.g. cake sales, sponsored challenges, team events
  • Donate a Day’s Wages
  • Staff volunteering
  • In-kind donations e.g. free use of facilities, business expertise etc.
  • Charity of the Year partnerships
  • Displaying Friends for Leisure collection boxes by your Point of Sale / reception desk etc.
Thrive Creative work in partnership with Friends for Leisure by providing free marketing support and graphic design to the charity
The Prince of Wales pub in Congleton chose Friends for Leisure as their charity of the year in 2019, raising almost £650 from a quiz night, garden party, pamper night and Christmas fair!
Prism Solutions have provided IT support to Friends for Leisure for several years, including free server hosting, problem troubleshooting and free IT equipment through their PETT (Prism Empowering Through Technology) scheme.

To find out more why not download our Business Buddies brochure here or contact Claire for a chat on 01260 275333 or by email

Community Groups

Friends for Leisure have been amazed by the support and generosity of our local communities. From sports clubs to Girl Guides and Scouts, Rotary clubs to Churches, we couldn’t be more grateful for the phenomenal lengths you go to to raise funds for our young people.

We welcome any ideas that you and your group may have, so contact Claire on 01260 275333 or to tell us your plans. We can provide materials too – posters, leaflets, collecting buckets – to help with your event.

Macclesfield Harriers running club supported Friends for Leisure in 2019, raising over £3,000 from the Run Macc Fest running festival. This helped towards funding our Macclesfield youth group, drama club and bowling sessions.

CrossFit Fierce Spirit, Rumba and The Castle Inn are currently raising funds for Friends for Leisure, culminating in a London to Paris Tour de France Cycling Challenge in July 2022!

cheque presentation

Friends for Leisure events

We organise a range of events throughout the year that you can come and join in. We advertise these on our Facebook page so make sure you like and follow to keep you informed of what’s on!

Every December staff, volunteers, registered young people and members of the local community join us for an afternoon of carol singing at Handforth Dean retail park. It is one of our favourite events and makes everyone feel festive! We take collection buckets and last year raised a fantastic £512.40!

Also in the run-up to Christmas we gather a team of ‘elves’ to help Santa as he visits children in the Congleton and Handforth areas on his sleigh. Our door-to-door collections on these evenings last year raised over £700! It is a wonder to see the excitement in children’s eyes as they get to meet Santa!


We are always on the lookout for fundraising volunteers to help us generate much needed income to continue help the hundreds of disabled children we work with annually.

From helping to promote events on social media to bucket collections and bag packing; attending cheque presentations to administration duties in our office – there are endless opportunities to help.

All you need to do is complete the Fundraising Volunteer Application Form and email it to You can download our role description to see more about what it means to be a fundraising volunteer!

  • She has the right to do everything that others do. She enriches the lives of others, and Friends for Leisure makes her realise this every time she takes part in groups and activities.

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