Barnardo's runner greeting supporters at the Cardiff Half Marathon

Become a fundraising volunteer

Every year people run, bake, toddle and more, to raise vital finds for the children, young people and families we support across the UK.

Behind them are a team of fundraising volunteers and you could be one of them.  

There are lots of ways you could help make sure we raise as much money as possible so children and young people across the UK can feel safer, healthier, happier and more hopeful. 

We absolutely love being part of the marathon. It’s an amazing day - the atmosphere is incredible. We have been lucky enough to be on the cheer station with the drummers and music playing which just adds to the enjoyment of the day. ​Cheering on our runners, motivating them to the finish line always make me feel a little emotional.


Volunteer at Cheer Station 2 at the London Marathon

Join a local fundraising group  

Get together with people where you live and help plan fundraising events in your community. 

Be an ambassador 

Inspire people to take action in support of our work by becoming a community ambassador. 

Get on board 

Join a fundraising board and use your experience and networks to help us raise funds. 

Be a cheerleader 

Join a cheer station at the London Marathon, Great North Run or Cardiff Half Marathon and help our runners make it to the finish line. 

Keep it running like clockwork

Support participants and help our challenge events run smoothly. 

Other ways to support us 

A runner in a Barnardo's vest cheering

Do you want to fundraise?

If you want to take on a fundraising challenge, we've got the event for you. You could bake, toddle, run, cycle or jump your way to helping children and young people thrive.

A Barnardo's shop volunteer arranging a window display

Volunteer in your local Barnardo’s shop

Be part of the team that makes our shops a welcoming place for people in their local community. Or, you could support our online store. Either way you’ll be helping to fund services that children, young people and families need.

A woman and a young boy smile as they hold up hands covered in paint

Volunteer with children and young people

From helping run a parent and baby session in a children’s centre, supporting disabled children as they take part in school holiday activities or building a long-term relationship with a young person being cared for by their local authority, there’s lots of ways you could change a life.