Why not use your birthday this year to help someone who has been left without shelter after a disaster? We’ve got a whole host of ideas for how you can make your birthday extra special, all while raising funds for ShelterBox.

Our ideas are also great if you are looking to celebrate or commemorate something other than a birthday. Perhaps a wedding, retirement or fundraising in memory of a loved one.

Take a look at our ideas below to be inspired, or get creative with a fundraiser of your own.

Birthday fundraising ideas

Woman wearing a while t-shirt with the ShelterBox logo on it

1. Ask for donations in place of gifts

Donations to ShelterBox could buy families emergency shelter items that they urgently need.

All you need to do is set up a fundraising page, share with friends and family and receive the gift of life saving shelter items for those who need it most.

Lydia was inspired to turn her pandemic birthday celebration into an entire shelter, simply by creating a fundraising page.

She says: ‘I hoped we could share some love and support across the world in this trying time. We raised enough money for a shelter kit, and I couldn’t be happier.’

Set up a fundraising page
man walking the south west coast path

2. Take on a birthday challenge

Use your birthday to take on a challenge of your choosing!

Are you up for running miles for your number of years? Cycle 60 miles for your 60th birthday, swim 21 miles for your 21st, or take on a 50km walk for your 50th, just like Michael did.

Michael’s 50 at 50 challenge saw him walk a 50km stretch of the South West Coast Path, camping out along the way.

“Turning 50 is opening up exciting opportunities for me – a chance to give back and contribute. What better way to celebrate than by raising funds to help those left homeless by disaster and combining it with a walk along the beautiful South West Coast Path.”

Set up a fundraising page
Young Syrian child holding grey blankets with an orange hat standing in front of a ShelterBox tent

3. Add a virtual gift to your wish list

Virtual gifts are a great way to give alternative gifts to family, friends and loved ones whilst making a difference around the world.

See our catalogue of aid items here: and share this list with your friends and family, for a birthday gift which is truly special. A gift which will help a family who has been left homeless after a disaster or crisis, get back on the road to recovery.

See our virtual gifts

Birthday celebrations

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