What’s on in the charity world 2016

Fundraising events

ChangeStar has compiled this calendar of UK charity and health awareness days and fundraising events for 2016 from a wide variety of sources. You won’t find it anywhere else!

**Update: The 2017 calendar is here

And that’s why we had fantastic feedback on last year’s charity calendar – this ‘what’s on guide’ proved really useful for planning by charity staff including fundraising and events managers as well as businesses, schools and public sector organisations.

Scroll down to see the calendar below.

We trust that we’ve included the big events for your own charity. But if not, or there is an inaccuracy, don’t hesitate to tell us and we’ll be happy to put things right.

January

Launch of Unicef Day for Change 1 January 2016 Link to find out more
Dry January  January 2016 Link to find out more
WaterAid Just Water Challenge  4 January 2016  Link to find out more
Big Schools’ Birdwatch 4 Jan – 12 Feb 2016  Link to find out more
National Obesity Awareness week  11-17 January 2016   http://www.jan-u-ary.co.uk/
Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 24-30 January 2016  Link to find out more
IOF Fundraising for Hospices Conference 25 January  2016  Link to find out more
Holocaust Memorial Day  27 January 2016  http://hmd.org.uk/page/about-hmd-and-hmdt
Young Carers Awareness Day 28 January 2016 https://www.carers.org/young-carers-awareness-day
Woolly Hat DaySt Mungo’s Broadway  29 January 2016  http://www.mungos.org/woollyhatday
World Leprosy Day  31 January 2016 https://www.lepra.org.uk/world-leprosy-day

February

World Cancer Day   4 February 2016    http://www.worldcancerday.co.uk/
British Heart Foundation Wear It. Beat It.  5 February 2016    https://wearitbeatit.bhf.org.uk/
National Doodle Day (Epilepsy Action)   5 February 2016   http://doodle-day.epilepsy.org.uk/
National Heart Month   February 2016  Link to find out more
Go Green Week   8-13 February 2016  http://peopleandplanet.org/gogreenweek
Winston’s Wish Great British Brekkie  8-14 February 2016 http://www.greatbritishbrekkie.org.uk/
GOSH (Great Ormond Street) Bad Hair Day 12 February 2016 Link to find out more
CHASE Charities and Associations Event 16-17 February 2016  Link to find out more
Brighton Half Marathon  28 February 2016  http://www.brightonhalfmarathon.com/
Eating Disorders Awareness Week  22 -28 February 2016  Link to find out more
World Thinking Day (Girl Guides & Scouts) 22 February 2016 http://www.girlguiding.org.uk
International Rare Disease Day  29 February 2016 http://www.rarediseaseday.org/
NCVO Funding Conference, London  29 February 2016  Link to find out more
Charity Commission Public Meeting, Southampton  29 February 2016  Link to find out more
Fairtrade Fortnight  29 Feb – 13 March 2016   http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/fortnight

March

Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal  March 2016  Link to find out more
Self Injury Awareness Day 
 1 March 2016  http://www.lifesigns.org.uk/siad/
IOF The Happy Fundraiser Event  2 March 2016   Link to find out more
World Book Day  3 March 2016   http://www.bookaid.org/get-involved/world-book-day/
Free Wills Month   March 2016   http://freewillsmonth.org.uk/
Care International ‘Walk in Her Shoes’, London  6 March 2016  Link to find out more
International Women’s Day  8 March 2016    Link to find out more
Endometriosis Awareness Week   3-9 March 2016  https://www.endometriosis-uk.org/
Children’s Liver Disease Foundation: Big Yellow Friday 4 March 2016  http://www.bigyellowfriday.org/
No Smoking Day  9 March 2016  https://nosmokingday.org.uk
The Big London Night Walk (Big Issue Foundation)  11 March 2016  Link to find out more
Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon   13 March 2016   https://www.adidashalfmarathon.com/
Bath Half Marathon  13 March 2016   http://bathhalf.co.uk/entries/
Schools’ Autism Awareness Week 14-18 March 2016  Link to find out more
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month March 2016   http://ovarian.org.uk/
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month  March 2016   http://www.prostatecanceruk.org
Comic Relief Red Nose Day  Next will be March 2017    http://www.comicrelief.com/rednoseday
Sport Relief    18-20 March 2016  http://www.comicrelief.com/sportrelief
National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness 18 March 2016   http://www.nwgnetwork.org/
Vitality Reading Half Marathon
  20 March 2016    http://www.readinghalfmarathon.com
World Down Syndrome Day   21 March 2016   Link to find out more
Action for Children: The Giant Wiggle  21 – 27 March 2016   Link to find out more
World Water Day  22 March 2016    http://www.wateraid.org/uk/get-involved/blue4water
Wear a Hat Day – Brain Tumour Research   24 March 2016  Link to find out more
Good Friday Bank Holiday  25 March 2016    https://www.gov.uk/bank-holidays
Epilepsy Awareness ‘Purple Day’  26 March 2016  http://epilepsy.org.uk/purple/
Easter Monday Bank Holiday  28 March 2016  https://www.gov.uk/bank-holidays

April

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month  April 2016   http://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/
Epic Awards for voluntary and amateur arts, Cardiff  2 April 2016   http://epicawards.co.uk/
Paris Marathon
     3 April 2016    http://www.schneiderelectricparismarathon.com/us/
Fundraising Ireland National Conference, Dublin  7-8 April 2016  http://finfc2016.wix.com/finfc2016
Wolf Run   9 April 2016    Link to find out more
RHS National Gardening Week  11-17 April 2016   http://www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk/
National Pet Month   April 2016  http://www.nationalpetmonth.org.uk/
Male Cancer Awareness Week (Orchid)  11-24 April 2016   Link to find out more
Dalai Lama Trek  14 – 24 April 2016  Link to find out more
Bloodwise Newcastle Zip Slide   16-17 April 2016   Link to find out more
Brighton Marathon  17 April 2016    http://www.brightonmarathon.co.uk/
Parkinsons Awareness Week  18 April -24 April 2016  Link to find out more
NCVO Annual Conference, London  18 April 2016   Link to find out more
Earth Day  22 April 2016   http://www.earthday.org
Virgin Money London Marathon  24 April 2016   Link to find out more
Glasgow Kilt Walk   24 April 2016  https://theglasgowkiltwalk2016.eventdesq.com/
World Malaria Day  25 April 2016  https://www.malarianomore.org.uk/
Depression Awareness Week   Date tbc April 2016   http://www.depressionalliance.org/
Allergy Awareness Week   25 April -1 May 2016   https://www.allergyuk.org/
Charity Content Marketing Conference   28 April 2016 Link to find out more
Oxfam Dressed by the Kids Day   29 April 2016  Link to find out more

May

Early May Bank Holiday  2 May 2016  https://www.gov.uk/bank-holidays
Prader Willi Awareness Month  May 2016   http://www.pwsa.co.uk/
Belfast City Marathon  2 May 2016  http://www.belfastcitymarathon.com/about
Deaf Awareness Week    2-8 May 2016    http://deafcouncil.org.uk/deaf-awareness-week
International Day of Midwives    5 May 2016  http://www.rcm.org.uk
World Pulmonary Hypertension Day  5 May 2016  http://www.phassociation.uk.com/
Voluntary Arts Week   6-15 May 2016   http://voluntaryartsweek.org/
Humber Big Bounce     8 May 2016    Link to find out more
Bloodwise Aberdeen Fun Walk   8 May 2016    Link to find out more
CIND Awareness Day  12 May 2016  http://www.may12th.org
Dying Matters Awareness Week     9-15 May 2016  http://www.dyingmatters.org/YODO
Action for Brain Injury Week   9-15 May 2016    Link to find out more
The Moonwalk London   14 May 2016  Link to find out more
Bloodwise Impact South West 14 May 2106 Link to find out more
Dementia Awareness Week      15-21 May 2016  https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/remembertheperson
Mental Health Awareness Week  16-22 May 2016   Link to find out more
National Epilepsy Week   18-24 May 2016   http://www.epilepsy.org.uk
Nordoff Robbins ‘Get Loud’ Awareness Day  18 May 2016   http://www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk
Give & Gain Day (Employee Volunteering)  20 May 2016   Link to find out more
Macmillan Adrenaline Rush London   21 May 2016   Link to find out more
RSPB Scotland’s Big Nature Festival  21-22 May 2016  http://scottishbirdfair.org.uk/
Velothon Wales  22 May 2016 Link to find out more
CLIC Sargent ‘Wig Wednesday’   25 May 2016   Click to find out more
World MS Day   25 May 2016  http://www.worldmsday.org/
NSPCC Big Board Game Day   27 May 2016    Link to find out more
Wear it Wild for WWF  27 May  2016    Link to find out more
Women V Cancer Ride the Night    28 May 2016   Link to find out more
Put the Kettle on for ARC (Antenatal Results & Choices)  28-30 May 2016   www.putthekettleonforarc.org.uk
Birmingham Pride     28-29 May 2016    http://www.birminghampride.com/
Edinburgh Marathon Festival  28-29 May 2016  http://www.edinburghmarathon.com/
Bupa London 10,000    30 May 2016     https://www.london10000.co.uk/
Spring Bank Holiday  30 May 2016   https://www.gov.uk/bank-holidays

June

Volunteers’ Week    1-12 June 2016   http://volunteersweek.org/
RSPCA Week  1-7 June 2016    http://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/rspcaweek
TrekFest, Brecon Beacons   4-5 June 2016  http://www.trekfest.org.uk/
World Environment Day   5 June 2016  http://www.unep.org/wed/activities/
World Oceans Day
  8 June 2016    http://www.worldoceansday.org/
‘Get Loud’ for Nordoff Robbins  8 June 2016  Click to find out more
Carers Week
    6-12 June 2016   http://www.carersweek.org
Child Safety Week   6-12 June 2016  http://www.childsafetyweek.org.uk/about/
The Moon Walk Scotland  11 June 2016   Link to find out more
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust ‘Steps for Jo’ Walk & Run, Manchester  11 June 2016  Link to find out more
Diabetes Week  12-18 June 2016   Click to find out more
Breathe Easy Week (British Lung Foundation) 13-19 June 2016   Click to find out more
Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week  13-19 June 2016    Click to find out more
World Blood Donor Day    14 June 2016    http://www.blood.co.uk/
Loud Shirt Day (Auditory Verbal UK)  17 June 2016   http://www.avuk.org
The Autism Show, London  17-18 June 2016   http://autismshow.co.uk/
Autistic Pride Day   18 June 2016  http://www.autism.org.uk/
BHF London-Brighton Bike Ride  19 June 2016  Link to find out more
World Refugee Day    20 June 2016  http://www.unhcr.org/refugeeday/
Learning Disability Week   20-26 June 2016    Link to find out more
Glastonbury Festival
     2226 June 2016   http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/
Summer Lights for Macmillan  25 June 2016  https://summerlights.org.uk/what-is-summer-lights/
Macmillan Adrenaline Rush Leeds 25 June 2016  http://www.theadrenalinerush.com/venues/leeds
Capital to Coast London-Brighton Bike Ride  26 June 2016  https://capitaltocoast.org.uk/pages/
Wrong Trousers Day  24 June 2016   Click to find out more
Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Month   June 2016  Link to find out more
Wildlife Trusts 30 Days Wild  June 2016  http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/30DaysWild

July

Leonard Cheshire Disability ‘Give & Bake’  July 2016  Link to find out more
National Fundraising Convention   
4-6 July 2016  Link to find out more
Disability Awareness Day   10 July  2016  http://www.disabilityawarenessday.org.uk/
British 10k London Run  10 July  2016   http://www.thebritish10klondon.co.uk/
Sea Sunday  10 July 2016   http://www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk/sea-sunday
Bloodwise Leeds 10k  10 July 2016   https://bloodwise.org.uk/event-challenges/run/north/leeds-10k
World Population Day  11 July  2016   http://www.unfpa.org/
Iron Man UK     17 July 2016   Link to find out more
Changing Places Awareness Day   19 July 2016   Link to find out more
London to Paris Cycle Tour de France edition    20-24 July 2016    Link to find out more
Oxfam Trailwalker (South Downs)    22-24 July 2016    http://www.oxfam.org.uk/Trailwalker
24/7 Samaritans Awareness Day   24 July 2016   http://www.samaritans.org/
World Hepatitis Day  28 July 2016   http://worldhepatitisday.org/
Race for Life  Various July 2016  http://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/index.html
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100  31 July 2016  Link to find out more

August

Brighton Pride    5-7 August 2016  http://www.brighton-pride.org/
Macmillan Adrenaline Rush Manchester  6 August 2016   Link to find out more
Severe ME Understanding & Remembrance Day  8 August 2016  Link to find out more
The Mudnificent Seven, Coventry  13 August 2016   Link to find out more
World Humanitarian Day  19 August 2016    Link to find out more
Parkinsons South Coast Challenge   27-28 August 2016  Link to find out more
Summer Bank Holiday   29 August 2016  https://www.gov.uk/bank-holidays

September

Paws to Beat Blood Cancer  4 September 2016   Link to find out more
International Day of Charity  5 September 2016   http://www.un.org/en/events/charityday/
Blood Cancer Awareness Month  September 2016   www.bloodwise.org.uk
NCVO Research Conference, Nottingham   8-9 September 2016  Link to find out more
Hadrian’s Wall Trek    9-11 September 2016   Link to find out more
World Suicide Prevention Day   10 September 2016  www.samaritans.org
Walk The Walk Thames Path Challenge 10-11 September 2016  Link to find out more
Great North Run 11 September 2016    http://www.greatrun.org/great-north-run
Brighton and Hove Triathlon 11 September  2016   Link to find out more
Remember a Charity in your Will Week   12-18 September 2016  Link to find out more
National Dementia Carer’s Day    Date tbc September 2016   http://www.alzheimers.org.uk
Lymphatic Cancer Awareness Week  Date tbc September 2016  http://www.lymphomas.org.uk/
Sexual Health Week (FPA)  12-18 September 2016   Link to find out more
Recycle Week   12-18 September 2016   Click to find out more
Bloodwise Big Welsh Car Show   18 September 2016   www.bloodwise.org.uk/carshow
AWSELVA Animal Welfare Conference    19-21 September 2016    Link to find out more
Meningitis Awareness Week    1925 September 2016 tbc     http://www.meningitis.org/
Jeans for Genes Day    Date tbc September 2016       http://www.jeansforgenesday.org/
World Alzheimer’s Day  21 September 2016 https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/
British Hen Welfare Day  23 September 2016  http://www.bhwt.org.uk/
Swim Serpentine, London  24-25 September 2016  https://www.swimserpentine.co.uk/
Know Your Numbers! Week (Blood pressure)  12-18 September 2016     http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/
National Eye Health Week   Date tbc September 2016   http://www.rnib.org.uk/
Waste less, Live more Week  19-25 September 2016   http://www.wastelesslivemore.com
Baxters Loch Ness Marathon   25 September 2016   Link to find out more
World Heart Day 29 September 2016    www.bhf.org.uk
Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning  30 September 2016  http://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/
Urology Awareness Month   September 2016   http://www.theurologyfoundation.org/
Northern Ireland Stroke Awareness   September 2016   http://nichs.org.uk/

October

Royal British Legion Industries #BeBraveWithMe   1 October 2016  Link to find out more
Cardiff Half Marathon
   2 October 2016  Link to find out more
United Nations World Habitat Day    3 October 2016    http://urbanoctober.org/index_1.asp?pcd=2
Back Care Awareness Week   3-8 October 2016   http://www.backcare.org.uk/
World Animal Day  4 October 2016   http://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/
Kidscape ‘Friendship Friday’  7 October 2016  Click to find out more
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day  8 October 2016    http://www.hospiceuk.org/
Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon   9 October 2016    https://royalparkshalf.com/
London Bridges Challenge  9 October 2016   Link to find out more
Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon  9 October 2016  Link to find out more
World Mental Health Day  10 October 2016  http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/
World Sight Day  13 October 2016   http://www.sightsavers.org.uk
Red, White & Blue Day (Services charities)  14 October 2016  http://www.redwhiteblueday.co.uk/
World Arthritis Day  12 October 2016  https://www.arthritiscare.org.uk/
Wear it Pink Day  21 October 2016   Link to find out more
Channel 4 ‘Stand Up To Cancer’   21 October 2016   https://www.standuptocancer.org.uk/
Make a Difference Day (volunteering) 22 October 2016   www.csv.org.uk
National Adoption Week   17-23 October 2016  Link to find out more
Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2016   http://breastcancernow.org/
Department of Health Stoptober  October 2016    http://www.nhs.uk/smokefree/stoptober
ADHD Awareness Month   October 2016    http://www.adhdfoundation.org.uk/
Oxjam (Oxfam music events)   October 2016    http://www.oxfam.org.uk/oxjam

November

IOF Legacy Fundraising Conference   7 November 2016  Link to find out more
Wrap Up London   7-18 November 2016  Link to find out more
Trustees’ Week   7-13 November 2016   http://trusteesweek.org
Youth Work Week   7-13 November 2016   Link to find out more
BBC Children in Need
    18 November 2016   Link to find out more
World Diabetes Day 14 November 2016   http://www.diabetes.org.uk
World Prematurity Day    17 November 2016   http://www.bliss.org.uk/world-prematurity-day-2016
Movember (Men’s Health Awareness Month)   November 2016    https://uk.movember.com
Lung Cancer Awareness Month  November 2016    https://www.blf.org.uk/Home
National Bullying Prevention Month  November 2016     http://www.antibullyingweek.co.uk
IOF Individual Giving Conference   21 November 2016   Link to find out more
Road Safety Week   21-27 November 2016   http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk
#IWillweek (Social Action)   21-25 November 2016  Link to find out more
QEF Annual Guinness and Oyster Luncheon   24 November 2016   Link to find out more
Macmillan Borneo Hiking Challenge    19-27 November 2016    Link to find out more
Giving Tuesday  29 November 2016  http://www.givingtuesday.org.uk
The Big Give  29 November-2 December 2016  https://www.thebiggive.org.uk

December

World Aids Day    1 December 2016    http://stopaids.org.uk/
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 3 December 2016 Link to find out more
UK Charity Week  5-11 December 2016  http://www.charitytoday.co.uk/ukcharityweek/
Human Rights Day   10 December 2016   https://www.amnesty.org.uk/
Local Charities Day   16 December 2016   Link to find out more
Decembeard   December 2016    http://decembearduk.org/

We have also produced a 2016 charity calendar for Ireland and Northern Ireland here

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Any feedback on this calendar, please send to Kate at: kate@changestar.co.uk. Thank you.
We have used a UK URL for further information wherever possible. Some events are related to several organisations, and hope our selection of a URL is fair.

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