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Virtual Bucket Collection

In response to these unprecedented times we have created Virtual Bucket Collections, allowing you, your friends, family or work colleagues to fundraise from home.

A virtual bucket collection is a really simple way to raise money and it can help provide some vital funds for families with children in hospital.

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on our lives and means we can’t do all the things we love to do. But childhood illness doesn’t stop for anything, and families still need our support to enable them to stay close to their child in hospital.

While we can’t fundraise out in the community, virtual fundraising is key to helping us raise money to allow us to continue providing free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families who need us. A virtual bucket collection is a super easy way to raise funds from the comfort of your own home.

Three easy steps to setting up your Virtual Bucket Collection

Step 1: Go to our Virtual Bucket Collections justgiving page and click “start fundraising”


Step 2: Create your online page – don’t forget to personalise it with your story and photos so people know why you are fundraising


Step 3: Share it with your family, friends and colleagues. Check out our social media templates below which can be a helpful when advertising your fundraiser

Set up a Virtual Bucket Collection

From big challenge events to bake sales or sponsored silences, you’ll never be short of ideas to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities UK.

Click the link below to start setting up your own JustGiving page and share it with colleagues, family and friends. Further below you can also find some frequently asked questions!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How does a virtual bucket collection work?

A: Virtual bucket collections are a really simple way for you to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities UK. While we can’t go out and about in the community, setting up a Just Giving page for donations means you can still collect donations from people in your community without anyone having to leave their home.

Q: How does the money from my virtual bucket collection get to the Charity?

A: By following the link to our Just Giving campaign, your chosen charity will be set up as ‘Ronald McDonald House Charities UK’, which means all donations made on your page will be paid directly to us, so you don’t need to worry about a thing! Through Just Giving, we can also collect Gift Aid donations from those donors who are tax payers, which could mean an extra 25p for every £1 donated!

Q: Why should I set up a virtual bucket collection for the Charity?

A: Like all charities, our funds have been hugely impacted by the pandemic as many of our events have been cancelled or postponed, and our amazing supporters can’t do the regular activities they would out in the community. Families with children in hospital still need our accommodation and support, so we desperately need to raise funds to ensure we can still be there for them when they’re away from home.

Q: How can I promote my virtual bucket collection?

A: As your virtual collection is completely online, it’s really easy to share with your entire network, including family or friends who you might not see very often. Once you’re all set, share your fundraiser on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or LinkedIn and let people know what you’re doing and why. If you have a friend WhatsApp group, pop it in there and why not email your colleagues too. Don’t forget to share regular updates about how it’s going and what a difference it will be making to families with children in hospital. You could also ask your employer if they offer match funding!

Just £15 could pay for a bathroom linen set, so parents have one less thing to worry about and can focus on caring and supporting their ill child. While £35 could help provide a night of accommodation near to their child’s hospital bed and allow them to get a good nights rest and be at their child’s bedside in minutes. Whatever you can raise with your Virtual Bucket Collection will really help!

Download our fundraising assets

How to set up an online fundraising page

Ready to start fundraising? Then read our guide to set up your page today.


Sponsorship form

Get friends and family to sponsor your challenge event.


Event poster

Shout about your event in your local area with our event poster.


Totaliser poster

Set yourself a target and watch the pounds add up.


Press release template

Got a newsworthy event? Let your local media know!


Paying-in form

Ready to send your money in? Download our paying-in form with all the details you need.