Fundraising Inspiration from around Scotland

Fundraising Inspiration from around Scotland

28 November 2023

The word ‘fundraising’ doesn’t need to only mean bag packing at your local supermarket. We’ve seen some really great fundraising efforts this year and wanted to share some inspiration from groups that took fundraising to a whole new level.  

Mannofield Explorers have really put a creative spin on their fundraising effort this year, which even got them invited to the Scottish Parliament. The Unit had the brilliant idea of involving the music community of Aberdeen to help raise vital funds. Acts such as The Xcerts, The Little Kicks, Cold Years and Best Girl Athlete were amongst the 20 artists involved in creating Straight Outta Mannofield – a charity album bringing together 20 of the North East’s best musicians. 

The album, Straight Outta Mannofield, is available to download for a minimum donation of £10, with all proceeds going to fund activities, equipment and camps for the Unit. What a brilliant idea! And we’re not the only ones who think so. The Unit were invited to Holyrood by Liam Kerr, MSP for North East Scotland, to celebrate their fundraising efforts.  

We were also inspired by Lewis, a Scout and a #OneStepGreener Ambassador from 1st Laurencekirk Scout Group, who walked nearly 100 miles along the West Highland Way and then climb Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in the UK, all while picking up litter along the way. Now that is impressive. Lewis raised over £1,500 for his Scout hall renovation.   

And we couldn’t forget James, 1st Carluke, who ran the Edinburgh Marathon two years in a row, as a Beaver last year and as a Cub this year, to raise vital funds for Scouts Scotland - making sure more young people can access skills for life.  

Has your group fundraised this year? We’d love to share your story. Email us at  

Our Scouting Operations Officer Kris has also identified a new funding opportunity that might work for your group. Love your Network is a grant from Sustrans where your group adopts part of the cycle network, and they give you a grant to cover the tools you’ll need to maintain it: 

Equipment for litter picking – to transform the safety and attractiveness of your local path 

Tools for maintenance and wildlife management tasks – from shovels and brushes to clear debris, to scythes and seeds for creating and maintaining a wildflower meadow 

The grants can also be put towards workshops in wildlife identification and recording to support your group to find out more about the wildlife in your area. 

More information is available on Sustrans’ website, and the deadline to apply is 23:59 5th February 2024. This is a great opportunity to fund the tools your group might need to complete their environmental, conservation or community impact badges.