Fundraising

All those who generously give up their time to support the Psoriasis Association by fundraising and raising awareness play a vital role in helping us to continue with our work.

The Psoriasis Association is the leading national charity working for people with psoriasis and all donations received help to sustain our work in supporting people affected by psoriasis, raising awareness of the condition and funding research projects. We are reliant on donations to be able to continue with our work so, as you can imagine, the efforts of those who agree to raise funds on our behalf is very much appreciated.  We are truly amazed by people’s efforts and different ways they support us!

Whatever the event, we can provide you with promotional materials, sponsorship forms if required and a t-shirt or running vest.  Every pound makes a difference and helps the Psoriasis Association support people with psoriasis, their families and carers.

Get some inspiration by taking a look at some of the challenges our current fundraisers are taking on, as well as those that have been completed by past fundraisers. Don't forget to check out a few fundraising event ideas too! 

Current Fundraisers


Check out what some of our current fundraisers are doing! If you’d like to show your support for their efforts, just click on the names below to visit their online fundraising pages and donate. For more inspiration, have a look at the Fundraising Ideas below.

Cath - Lady Captaincy at Golf Club

Cath will be Lady Captain at her golf club this year and she's generously chosen the Psoriasis Association as her nominated charity.

She says “I will be Lady Captain at my Golf Club for 2019 and will have a few fundraising golf days throughout the year. I have 2 sons who suffer from psoriasis and one of whom it has had quite a psychological effect which was heart-breaking to see. They are now doing extremely well but I’d like to raise money and awareness for the Psoriasis Association over the coming year.”

Tom - Sheffield Half Marathon

In order to support the Psoriasis Association, Tom has decided to take on the Sheffield Half Marathon on 14th April.

He says 'I'm an ex-footballer, keen cyclist and avid walker but I've never been a keen runner (apart from one 10-miler many moons ago). However, having moved to Sheffield from London last year, I was trying to find a way to motivate myself to keep active up north without stepping into the gym again. So, I decided to sign up to my first half marathon (as you do) and I'll be running the Sheffield Half Marathon on 14th April 2019! Although I've been living with guttate psoriasis for the past 7 years, I've never engaged with others in the psoriasis community but I wanted to use this event to raise awareness for the condition and help the Psoriasis Association continue to support others, like myself, with psoriasis.'

You can visit Tom's fundraising page here

Darren - Brighton Marathon

Being clear of psoriasis and able to run again, Darren has generously decided to take on the Brighton Marathon this April in support of the Psoriasis Association.

He says 'I’ve had psoriasis for as long as I can remember. I love to run but for the last 10 years have found this increasingly hard because my psoriasis has been particularly active. It wasn’t the psoriasis as much as psoriasis caused inflammation of my tendons and I was constantly injuring myself.

With the support of my consultant at the Brighton Dermatology Department I have been on systemic treatments for the past few years. I was recently approved for Cosentyx which really has changed everything and I am clear of psoriasis for the first time ever. I am also able to run again and completed the Brighton Half Marathon in February this year, which is the first half marathon I have been able to enter since 2003.

I have entered the Brighton full marathon, a real challenge, and have decided to raise funds for the Psoriasis Association in recognition of the work the Association does to fund research and raise awareness.'

You can support Darren here

Rachel - London Marathon

This year's London Marathon will be Rachel's eleventh marathon, but her first for nearly 10 years following having a family and developing psoriasis. She's been kind enough to run in support of the Psoriasis Association.

She says 'I first developed psoriasis at the grand old age of 47, 2 years ago. It started as a rash on one arm after gardening in the sun. Then my feet developed a rash after some enthusiastic hoovering and then over a week it spread to both arms and legs. It took a while to diagnose as guttate psoriasis. I probably hit all the triggers for psoriasis – stress at work and home, a cut from a rose bush, constant sore throats for the preceding 6 months, having had a child in my 40s and with menopause looming, all my hormones being awry. What was extra galling was the fact that I have had acne since the age of 9 and this just seemed one extra thing for my skin to throw at me. Whether age related or psoriasis affected, I also have arthritis in various joints now.

I tried various topical steroids but none seemed to have much effect after the initial weeks and the psoriasis spots have seemed to all merge together – although I think this is the purple patches left by the steroid treatment. The greatest result I had was UVB light therapy for 7 weeks last Summer, which wasn’t quite long enough; it cleared my arms temporarily but my legs could have done with a few extra weeks. I have recently tried Acitretin (a retinoid) for 2 months. It did have good effects on my psoriasis but lots of side effects, so have temporarily stopped using it. Bye, bye to my eyelashes, and hello to painful nails, very sore lips, itchy and cold skin, and the whole of my feet peeling off – not good when trying to run! Will try again later. So currently just on Dovonex a vitamin D ointment and the psoriasis is creeping back.

I really enjoy running and being outside, and it really helps with stress, building confidence and keeping fit. After having a child, running again was one of my markers for being back to normal. Although I have struggled with getting the time to run consistently and not getting injured. I have run 10 marathons before, of which 7 were London Marathons – but my last Marathon was in 2010. This will be my first long distance run for nearly 10 years and my first with psoriasis. For me psoriasis has affected what I wear, particularly in Summer or when running. I am hoping I will have the confidence to get my running shorts out again and show people you can run and enjoy sports no matter what your legs or body looks like!

Now that I have psoriasis it has been amazing how many of my friends and colleagues also have said they have it or know someone who does. I had never heard of it before and am very interested in the underlying causes and information about psoriasis.'

You can find Rachel's fundraising page here

Helen - Great Bristol 10k

This May, Helen will be lacing up her running shoes to take part in the Great Bristol 10k in support of the Psoriasis Association.

She says 'I was diagnosed with psoriasis about 5 years ago, mainly affecting my face, scalp and torso. I have recently found exercise, particularly running, has been extremely beneficial to my wellbeing and my symptoms have been relieved. I no longer feel as self-conscious about my psoriasis and would love to assist in raising funds and awareness.'

Help Helen reach her fundraising target


Get Some Inspiration!


Looking for some inspiration? Why not browse the gallery below and take a look at some of the different challenges that our fundraisers have recently completed.

Fundraising Ideas

Fundraising Event Ideas

There are many ways of fundraising for the Psoriasis Association. Whilst some feel sporty and take on physical challenges, others may decide to take a less active option and organise a social event. Any way that you raise funds and awareness will make a difference and help people with psoriasis.

For Foodies

Everyone loves a treat now and then, so what could be better than organising a Coffee Morning or Afternoon Tea with sumptuous cakes, scones, sandwiches and biscuits that everyone can feast on? You could even organise a raffle.

Another idea is a cheese and wine evening or curry night. Invite your friends and family to join you. Ask everyone to bring a small sample of food if you want. What about organising a meal in with friends and ask them to either bring either a starter, main or dessert? 

There’s footie and rugby pizza supper with friends. Invite your mates to watch a game, order the pizza, get a few drinks in and donate a few pounds each to the Psoriasis Association. The more friends the better and the possibilities are endless! 

Celebrate a special occasion


Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary or even a wedding, why not ask friends and family to make a donation to the Psoriasis Association in lieu of gifts and cards?

If you still need more inspiration why not get in touch with us?

Physical Challenge Ideas

For the Fit and Adventurous

Do you run for fun or to keep fit? Are you looking for a new challenge? A sponsored run could be great fun. You may know of a local event that you could join, or google ‘The Running Bug’ and search for an event. You can choose from 5k, 10k, half-marathon, marathon, under 6 miles and over 6 miles. 

Maybe, you would like to walk? Not all of us are runners but many of us enjoy a walk in the countryside, especially in the summer months. There are lots of organised walking events. To find a walk in your area you can visit Ramble On. Increasingly, country parks and Forestry Commission sites set up marked walks for the public to follow and indicate the distance to be covered. Why not do a sponsored walk at your favourite park or forest, or what about a coastal walk?

Cycling

Cycling is an excellent way to get fit and to keep healthy with regular exercise. Many people are now taking to cycling. There are numerous cycle rides maintained by local councils in their parks, and cycle trails through the national

Forestry Commission sites.

If you would like to enter an organised cycling event near to you or around the UK check out UK Cycling Events  or British Cycling

Obstacle Courses

These are the latest craze and these events are held all over the UK. The best way to find an event near you is to search on google. Tough Mudder, for example, is a 10-12 mile mud and obstacle course which will certainly drag you out of your comfort zone. They test your physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. It’s not about how fast you can cross the finish line, it’s rather, can you cross the line and finish the challenge which relies on camaraderie, true grit and determination?

When you have registered for your event, let us know and we’ll then provide you with support throughout your challenge. 

To receive a copy of our fundraising information pack please email: mail@psoriasis-association.org.uk or telephone: 01604 251 620.

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01604 251 620
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