If every single member of Girlguiding Midlands raised just £1, between us we would raise £72,000 - enough to fund 2,500 Macmillan Nursing hours. We have some fabulous fundraising activities for you to get involved in to help us reach our target. We are focusing on a key fundraising event each term - in Spring Mile for Macmillan, in Summer Dress Up and Dance and in Autumn World's Biggest Coffee Morning - however you and your girls can choose to do any of the activities at any time you wish. Plus each of these events has a badge available to order. There are also a number of running events which y​ou and your girls could choose to get involved with. ​

Mile for Macmillan

What is it?

As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, get warmed up by organising your Mile for Macmillan. Wear a funny hat and give a prize for the funniest one as you run through the Autumn leaves. Why not turn it into an evening of apple bobbing and autumn crafts?  Girls can either get sponsored or make a donation to take part - and don’t forget to order the Mile for Macmillan badge. 

When is it?

We’d like you to take on this challenge in the first term of 2017. It’s a great way to dust off the cobwebs from Christmas and get active again.

How do we get involved?

Just fill in the email form to download all the resources you will need to run your Mile for Macmillan including sponsorship forms, letters to parents, posters and press releases. 

Click here to access the Mile for Macmillan resources >


Dress up and Dance

What is it?

It’s time to put on your seasonal costume for a ‘fancy dress’ Dress Up and Dance.  Organise a disco or danceathon and offer a prize for the most seasonal outfit? All we ask is for a £2 donation to take part – and don’t forget to order the Dress Up and Dance badge.

When is it? 

Dress up and Dance takes place in June each year.

How do we get involved


World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

What is it?

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest and most well-known fundraising event. Around 300,000 hosted a coffee morning last year, with millions attending one. It’s a great opportunity to get baking and compete for the ‘best baker’ award and change lives with every slice. You could also tie in this event with an open evening to recruit new members and volunteers.

Don't forget to order your girls a Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning badge for taking part.

When is it? 

The official date for coffee morning is 29 September 2017, however you can host your coffee morning or coffee evening anytime in the autumn. 

How do we get involved

Sign up for a pack has now closed, however there are lots of downloads over on the Macmillan Website if you still want to take part. Don't forget to send your money to Girlguiding Midlands, following the instructions on our FAQs page, in order for your fundraising to count towards The Macmillan Challenge. 


The Smarties Challenge

What is it?

The Smarties Challenge is a fun easy way to get your unit involved in fundraising for Macmillan. Simply make sure every girl has a smarties tube, and ask them to collect donations to fill up the tube.

A smarties tube can fit around £28 pound coins in it – which happens to be how much it costs Macmillan to fund an hour of nursing care. Set your girls the target of each raising £28 to power an hour of a Macmillan Nurse, helping people diagnosed from cancer from their diagnosis throughout their whole cancer journey.

When is it?

You can do the Smarties Challenge anytime!

How do we get involved?

Download The Smarties Challenge


Great Birmingham Run: Mini Run, Junior Run and Half Marathon

What is it?

Mini Run - 1.5k for 3-8 years 

Junior Run - 2.5k for 9 - 16 years

Half Marathon - 18+ years

The Great Birmingham Run is now established as the second biggest half marathon in the UK, as the city comes alive with thousands of runners pounding the streets as they tick off 13.1 miles, encouraged by on course bands, entertainment and cheering crowds. To add to the atmosphere there’s also a mini-run for 3-8 year olds and a junior run for 9-16 year olds.

When is it?

Saturday 15 October

How do we get involved?

Enter this event directly with the organisers - once you've signed up for your place with the organisers register your taking part with Team Macmillan 

Or sign up for one of Macmillan's guaranteed places in the half marathon (please note there is a minimum sponsorship amount) 

Download a sponsorship form


Christmas Fundraising

It’s never too early to start preparing for Christmas. Get crafty together and make some Christmas cards and decorations.  Hold a Christmas craft event and offer your creations to friends and family for a donation to Macmillan.  Wear your favourite Winter Woolly for a donation and remember to order your Macmillan badge!


Fill in the form below to download Mile for Macmillan resources.