Seven fundraising events that made Refuge100 a huge success


To mark 100 years since some women won the right to vote, we launched our first-ever community fundraising campaign, #Refuge100, in the lead-up to International Women’s Day 2018.

A century after this momentous step for women, still today, for far too many victims of abuse, inequality and violence against women are two sides of the same coin.

To help continue our essential work to end gender-based violence, we asked supporters to raise £100 each.

We were so impressed with the variety of fundraising events you held: from quizzes and bake sales, to running and walking challenges, plus creative music, comedy and spoken word at gigs across the country!

We are delighted to say that the #Refuge100 campaign was a great success – together you raised almost £5,000. That’s an amazing achievement.

International Women’s (or Men’s) Day

Richard Herring standing on stage at Leicester Square Theatre

Richard Herring. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

On International Women’s Day, comedian Richard Herring used his huge Twitter following to also raise money for Refuge. Responding to all people asking ‘When is International Men’s Day?’, he encouraged more than 10,000 of his followers, who were entertained by his efforts, to donate to his JustGiving page.

Richard said: “I do this so that everyone else can get on with celebrating International Women’s Day and using it to raise awareness of the issues that affect women. And trying to achieve equality.”

Richard raised more than £150,000 through his tweet-a-thon. An incredible result, thank you for your generous donations!

Take a look at some Refuge100 fundraising highlights:

AND Digital bake sale

AND Digital bake sale. Photo credit: AND Digital

AND Digital hosted an International Women’s Day bake sale and raised more than £500.

Craig Black bravely shared his experience of escaping domestic violence with his mum and smashed his target by raising £840 through Facebook Fundraisers.

A Travel Nation employee holding a pancake at their Refuge100 fundraising event

Travel Nation’s flipping good pancakes. Photo credit: Travel Nation

Travel Nation held a bake sale and pancake-flipping contest. They raised £260 for us; you batter believe it!

Shazia Gazi exceeded her £100 target by offering henna at the Women in Focus festival by Poplar Union.

Photographer Emily Morgan kindly donated proceeds from her portrait photoshoots, raising £100.

All-female colleagues at supply chain company, Panalpina, raised over £400 by holding a synchronised ‘roar’ on International Women’s Day.


Organise your own fundraiser

If you are feeling inspired to organise your own fundraiser for Refuge, do check out our new and improved community fundraising webpages. You can find fundraising ideas, request a fundraising pack, read top tips and get in touch with us to find out more.