Ways to help

From cake bakers, to marathon runners, we are indebted to our supporters who undertake a whole range of fundraising activities and challenges on our behalf. For a list of some of our current fundraisers have a look at our Justgiving pages.

If you are looking for a reason to support us, please take a look at our short film on Youtube. In fact, you’ll probably find a number of (tiny!) reasons to support us! And if you can do one thing for us, please share this link with your friends and family to spread the word.

It’s not all about skydiving and marathon running – there are many ways you can raise money for us and here are some ideas:

Make a donation

One-off donations can be made by bank transfer (please email us for our bank details), by sending a cheque to us at the nnu, or by setting up a Just Giving page or by making a donation to the First Touch Just Giving page. If you Gift aid your donation it will be worth and extra 25% to us. You can download the form here.

Regular giving

Whether you’d like to give a small monthly amount or make a larger annual donation on an important anniversary, we are very grateful to supporters who set up a regular standing order. Please email us for details of how to set up a regular donation.

Sponsored challenges

Sponsored runs, cycle races and endurance challenges are a very popular way of raising money for our charity whether on your own or in a team and there is a huge variety to choose from. Here are a few local ones: Surrey Spitfire, Hampton Court 10k and Half Marathon, Colour Run, Tough Guy/Mudder, Action Challenge. Each year First Touch have a number of places in the Royal Parks Half Marathon and Asics London 10K. Please contact us for details.

Retail nomination

All the major supermarkets, as well as some other shops and banks, fundraise for local charities nominated by their customers. Next time you go shopping, please spare a moment to find out how you can nominate us!

Fundraising events

These can take a lot of organising, but can also be a lot of fun, as well as an excellent way of fundraising and raising our profile. Some ideas of events held by our enterprising supporters include fetes and fairs, gigs and concerts, parades, Zumbathons, football matches, quiz nights, dinner dances and fashion shows. We’ll help you as much as we can along the way.

Personal celebrations

Weddings, birthdays and christenings – many kind supporters choose to ask for donations to First Touch instead of gifts to mark these celebrations, either as a collection on the day or by setting up a Just Giving page. First Touch enamel heart badges make lovely wedding favours.

Give as you live

There are many ways to raise money for First Touch as you go about your daily life and with no additional cost to you! If you sign up to easyfundraising or Amazonsmile every time you shop online First Touch will automatically receive a donation from the retailer. If you are an eBayer you can sell your unwanted items to raise funds for us.

Items we accept

  • Crockery and cutlery (new or good-as-new please)
  • New or used muslins
  • Any items or vouchers we can use for raffle prizes
  • Snack items for families (biscuits, cereal bars, instant soups etc)

Skills and services

We are always grateful for;

  • Gardeners
  • Graphic designers
  • Photographers
  • Beauty, massage and complementary therapists
  • Face painters
  • Musicians

Knitting and sewing

If you would like to knit for our babies we accept donations of Westminster bonnets and close-knit blankets. Our patterns are available to download here:

Baby blankets

Westminster bonnets

We also have seasonal knitting projects to provide knitted gifts for the babies and their parents… current patterns coming soon!