Fundraising

Mermaids simply cannot operate without the support of the community. Mermaids is the only UK-wide charity working to support thousands of transgender or gender non-conforming children, young people and their families. Mermaids overarching aim is to create a world where gender diverse children and young people can be themselves and thrive; to this end, our goal is to relieve the mental and emotional stress of all those aged 19 years and under who are gender variant, as well as to promote education and awareness. We offer information, support, friendship and shared experiences to young people and their families, as well as providing some local and national opportunities to meet others.

How you can help

Run, Walk, Swim or Bike for us

If you fancy getting active and raising some money for Mermaids in the process, we’d love to hear from you! Getting together with friends, family and neighbours or taking on a personal challenge is a great way to support Mermaids. The only limit on what you do is your imagination! From holding a concert, to washing cars, to collections and sponsored silences – the options are limitless.

Mermaids is delighted to now offer some Challenge Events to take your fundraising to the next level! We are pleased to partner with Global Challenge Adventure in order to do this. Click here to find out more!

We are also working with Action Challenge to provide even more Challenge Events throughout the year, so that you'll be able to find the challenge that is right for you! Click here to find out more.

Go to the next level with a virtual run

MyRace Virtual Racing have teamed up with Alex Bertie to create ‘Miles for Mermaids’! This event is a 5km virtual run - a virtual run can be completed at a time and place to suit you, so you have complete flexibility over where and when you complete the distance. You can even break it down into smaller chunks if you wish! £5 from every entry goes to Mermaids! Click here to find out more!

Make a donation

We rely on the generosity of individuals, groups and companies to continue our vital work. We could not do it without you. We accept cash, cheques, standing orders or online donations via our Virgin Money Giving page: (Please remember if you are planning to make a donation that we can often claim another 25% from HMRC in “Giftaid” based on tax paid by yourself.)

Trusts & Foundations

The support of trusts and foundations is crucial to Mermaid’s work, enabling us to continue providing vital support to transgender children, young people, and their families. We are incredibly lucky to have received some great funding towards our projects over the years, and a very big thank you is extended to all those Trusts and Foundations that have supported our work. These include:

  • The Tudor Trust
  • The Henry Smith Charity
  • The Paul Hamlyn Foundation

If you know of any Trusts or Foundations that would like to get involved in supporting our vital work, then please do get in touch with Rosanna on rosanna@mermaidsuk.org.uk

Become a corporate supporter

At Mermaids we have a proven track record working with corporate partners who share our values in wanting to support trans and gender-diverse youth and their families. We work with businesses to create meaningful partnerships that meet their objectives. There are a number of ways we can work together, including:

  • Staff training and volunteering opportunities
  • Charity of the year partnerships
  • Mutually beneficial collaborative and/or commercial partnerships
  • Supporting client or staff events
  • Consulting on your CSR or LGBT inclusion strategy

In return, we can help to strengthen your CSR initiatives, engage your staff and build your brand. If you would like to discuss how we could work together, please get in touch with Matt on matt@mermaidsuk.org.uk 

JustGiving

An easy way to raise sponsorship for your fundraising activity or event is to create an online fundraising page with JustGiving and email, tweet and share your link on Facebook to all of your friends, family and colleagues. It’s a simple and effective way to collect funds, and the donations come directly through to us! Take a look at their fundraising help guides for hints and tips to make the most of your online fundraising page.

Volunteer with the Fundraising Team

We love volunteers and that is where you come in! Volunteer for a couple of hours with us at a street collection, exciting event or awareness day and you’re guaranteed to go home with a big smile on your face. If you’re interested, email Rosanna on rosanna@mermaidsuk.org.uk

Remember us with a gift in your Will

When it comes to your Will, it’s only right that your family and friends come first in your thoughts. But that doesn’t mean you can’t also leave a gift to a cause close to your heart if you would like. However large or small, every gift in every Will makes a difference. Legacies sound big but they need not be – £50 will make a difference. If you would like to speak to us about leaving a legacy gift to Mermaids, please contact Rosanna on rosanna@mermaidsuk.org.uk

If you would like to learn more about leaving a legacy gift to Mermaids, please click here.

Give as you live

Raising vital funds for us is as easy as a tap of your screen thanks to Give as you live. They'll make a donation to us every time you shop online via their website or app! Click the button below to find out more!

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Donate when you shop at Amazon Smile

When you shop at Amazon, you can select Mermaids to receive a donation when you checkout. All you need to do is make sure you are shopping on Amazon Smile and select Mermaids as your chosen charity, when you come to pay! In the last quarter alone, £537.61 was raised by our supporters using Amazon Smile!

Recycle your old printer cartridges

Send your used printer cartridges to The Recycling Factory and they can donate their value to us. For more information, click here.

To find out how much you can donate from sending your printer cartridges, click here.

To find a freepost label to print, click here.

Text Giving

You can now also donate up to £20 via text. Simply text MERMAIDS £5 to 70085

Live Streaming

Tiltify gives you the platform and the resources to fundraise while live streaming. Featuring a number of incentives for donors, personal dashboards and team integration. To find out more, click here.