Fundraising Ideas

Fundraising for your charity can be great fun. Whatever you enjoy doing – from running a marathon to baking cakes, from a personal challenge to making a nomination at your child’s school, you can help us raise vital unrestricted funding and become part of our joint effort to improve lives through music.


Due to coronavirus, the 2020 Royal Parks Half Marathon has been re-scheduled to 10 October 2021. All runners who registered for the original date were automatically transferred to the new date.

The 13 mile Royal Parks Half Marathon starts and finishes in scenic Hyde Park, continuing through Green Park, St. James’s Park and Kensington Gardens, in addition to other landmarks such as Westminster and Trafalgar Square. This flat route is perfect for beginners and those chasing a personal best time. It has become a firm favourite in the Autumn calendar with many runners.

After crossing the finishing line, the runners gather in our charity area to celebrate and relax over snacks and drinks.

Event details:

Where: Hyde Park, London W2 2UH

When: Sunday 10 October 2021

Distance: 13 miles

Registration fee: £35 (your place is confirmed)

Minimum Sponsorship Target: £350 (excluding gift aid)

Music of Life has organised a team of runners for the Royal Parks Half Marathon over the last eight years. We care about each of our runners deeply, we do our absolute best to support our runners in the training and fundraising process, and include them into our loving community beyond the run. Our past runners tell us that being a part of our team is fun, engaging, fulfilling and often takes them on a journey of self-discovery. The experience is so memorable that many of our runners have returned in subsequent years.

We are now on the look out for new runners who are passionate about our cause. As a member of our team you will receive the following benefits:

  • Lots of advice on how to have fun fundraising
  • Regular newsletters and training tips
  • Individual tailored support in your training & fundraising process
  • Invitation to come to our children’s music concerts
  • Participation in a fun group run practice 2 weeks ahead of Royal Parks
  • Incredible friendships with other runners
  • A Music of Life t-shirt & a fun post-run gathering with refreshments in our charity area


For more information, or to register as a runner please email


You can donate to our charity or support one of our runners here:


Emma Kolkman

My mum is a trustee for this incredible charity and her work with them inspired me to run the Royal Parks Half. Before the summer I was lucky enough to join mum on her visit to Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children. Witnessing first hand the high quality music lessons Music of Life provides to these children was my constant motivation while training. I admire the work this incredible charity and everyone involved does.

The event itself did not disappoint. The scenery was stunning and the atmosphere was incredible. Despite the rain and mud, the crowds were cheering loud and provided constant motivation. I gave it my all and achieved my aim to not stop running at any point. Thank you to Music of Life for all the hard work you do and for allowing me the opportunity to fundraise for you. I would happily do it again.

Claire Tunley

Running a half marathon was always something I thought I might get around to doing one day but as I’m not a runner, I couldn’t really see it happening.  When the opportunity arose to run and raise funds for such an inspiring cause I didn’t hesitate in signing up.

The many miles of training runs weren’t always easy but the thought of all the lovely people who had sponsored me and the good work the funds would support was really motivating.  It was great to be able to spread the word about Music of Life to people to heard about my training and those who sponsored me.

I was thrilled to finish, beat my target time and raise over £500 for this amazing cause.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to join the Royal Parks Half team.  I am definitely “a runner” now!

Simon Purkis

You don’t have to be musical to appreciate the power of music. I’ve been lucky enough to see some of the inspirational work that Music of Life has made possible so when an opportunity arose to help, I couldn’t say no!

It turns out you don’t have to be a good runner to finish the half marathon either! It was only thanks to the incredible support from the Music of Life team and a determination not to let down my sponsors that I managed to hobble around! I’d recommend the experience to everyone. You can do it!”

 Jacky Tsai

After 4 years absence, It was a big challenge for me to complete another royal park half marathon with my favourite charity – Music of life. I had terrible chickenpox few months ago, almost gave up this opportunity, but feel so good to overcome all the difficulties and cross the finish line in a massive smile.

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Music of Life’s work is a great case to promote. Our services provide direct benefits to young disadvantaged people, and it is easy to relate to our beneficiaries’ stories. We can arrange for our young musicians to come and perform for your audience (for example, at a Sunday service, a school concert or at a corporate canteen) to help you engage your local community in your fundraising efforts. Email us your ideas on to get started!