Discover our 5 best festive fundraising ideas to get you in the Christmas spirit, have fun and raise funds for your local life-saving air ambulance charity.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and with the festive season closing in, what better time to get creative with your fundraising?

This year, we invite you to join us in making a difference to patients who need us, and rely on our service. Whether you're an enthusiastic supporter, a dedicated volunteer, or someone looking for meaningful ways to give back, our festive fundraising ideas will help you to help us continue our mission of saving lives across Dorset and Somerset.

With no direct funding from the Government or the National lottery, our charity relies on your support which enables us to bring the hospital to patients when they need it the most. That’s why we’ve put together a range of creative ways that you can fundraise for our charity while celebrating the festive season. From dazzling Christmas lights to heavenly mince pies, festive fancy dress and Christmas fairs, there's something for everyone to get involved in, share the magic of the season and support our life-saving mission. 

Whether you’re fundraising at school, at work or with family and friends, below you will find our best selection of ideas to inspire you to do something a bit different. Read on to explore the festive fundraising ideas that will not only make this season brighter but will also keep our air ambulance helicopter soaring high to save lives.


Here are our top 5 festive fundraising ideas to help you make a positive impact and spread cheer this year:

  1. Dedicate your Christmas lights to DSAA

    Every year, the festive season fills our hearts with warmth and the streets with a magical glow. If you're one of those people whose house turns into a dazzling winter wonderland with Christmas lights, why not make it even more special this year? Consider dedicating your display to support your local life-saving crew at Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

    By lighting up your house for DSAA, you're not only spreading the joy of the season but also raising awareness and much-needed funds for our life-saving missions. It's a brilliant way to join hands with your community and make a real difference during the holidays. Get ready to brighten up your neighbourhood and help us continue our vital work.

  2. Host a Mince Pie Morning

    Get ready to savour the spirit of the season, one delicious bite at a time! Our Mince Pie Morning is all about bringing people together over a cup of tea or coffee and, of course, mouthwatering mince pies ... and don't forget the cream!

    Gather your friends, family and colleagues for a little get-together or invite your whole street and make it a bigger event! By participating in our Mince Pie Morning, you're contributing to our mission of saving and enhancing lives. Your hot cuppa and sweet treat will help provide essential support to DSAA. Join us in making this holiday season a time for generosity and connection.

  3. Festive Fancy Dress Day

    'Tis the season to don your most creative, quirky and festive attire! Our Festive Fancy Dress Day is all about embracing the Christmas spirit with a dash of imagination and a sprinkle of merriness.

    Whether it's a workplace event, a school activity, or a community gathering, we encourage everyone to dress up in their jolliest, most dazzling outfits. By participating in this event, you're not only bringing smiles but also contributing to DSAA - a charity that continues to be there for patients in need throughout the Christmas period. Join us in spreading the joy of the season, one costume at a time!

  4. Hold a Christmas Fair

    'Tis the season for sharing, caring and celebrating. Why not turn your holiday celebration into a meaningful event? Host a Christmas Fair in aid of your local air ambulance charity and make it an occasion to remember.

    Your Christmas Fair can be a blend of local vendors, crafts, games and festive treats. By organising this event, you're not only creating a memorable day for your community but also supporting DSAA’s life-saving mission. It's a fantastic way to combine festivities with a local cause and make a difference this holiday season. Join us in spreading joy and hope at your very own Christmas Fair.

  5. Organise a Festive Bake Sale

    Tap into the culinary talents of your community by hosting a Festive Bake Sale. Volunteers can bake and donate an array of festive treats, from cookies to cakes and pies. Ensure all food safety guidelines are followed and invite supporters to indulge in delicious Christmas goodies while making a donation to their local air ambulance charity.

festive fundraising mince pie morning  Festive Fundraising Christmas bake sale


Give the gift of life-saving hope this Christmas

No matter which idea you choose, remember that the holidays are a time of togetherness and giving. Use these festive fundraising ideas to bring your community together and make a meaningful impact in your local area. It's a wonderful way to celebrate the season while making a difference to the lives of patients across Dorset and Somerset. Happy fundraising!


How will your money help?

Every penny donated to our charity will help us to continue saving lives over the Christmas period. Our crew will continue to be there for you, 19 hours a day, every single day of the year.

£25 could help towards the cost of a vital pint of blood, for a critically ill or injured patient.

£50 could help towards the cost of a Blizzard Blanket to provide vital warmth and make patients feel safe in their time of need.

£100 could go towards an airway kit to help manage an unconscious patient's airway after they have sustained a traumatic brain injury.


Top tips:

  1. Let us know what you’re up to!
    To get support from our fundraising team, make sure you let us know about your efforts! Give them a call on: 01823 669604 or email: [email protected].

  2. Remember to ask your employer if they offer matched fundraising.
    This could help you raise double the amount for our charity!

  3. Download our handy fundraising guide and poster.
    For everything you need to help you plan your own fundraising event, make sure to download our free Fundraising Guide here. To help promote your event, download our Festive Fundraising Poster here.

  4. Don't forget to pay in your fundraising online after your event!
    You can pay in your hard earned pounds by donating here.


If you've been inspired by our festive fundraising ideas and would like to help us continue saving lives, we would be grateful to receive your donation. No matter how big or small, every penny raised really will make a big difference!

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