Virtual fundraising

Hold a virtual event

Organising an activity you can do with friends and family online is a great way to stay connected.

It can be anything you enjoy doing! Why not test your knowledge with a quiz, hold an online coffee morning, or find out who is lucky enough to win at bingo!

Simply set up a fundraising page via JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving and ask people for a donation in lieu of an entry fee to your event.

Facebook fundraising

Fundraising on Facebook is a really easy way to raise vital funds online. Here is how to do it:

  1. Follow the link to our Facebook account and click on the ‘+ Create Fundraiser’ button at the top of the page.
  2. Set your fundraising target and explain what supporting Versus Arthritis means to you. For example, “Help me raise money to help fund better treatments, life-changing research, and support for people living with arthritis, so no one has to face it alone.”
  3. Share your fundraiser on your feed for everyone to see

If you want, you can make your fundraiser more exciting by saying you’ll do something wacky or daring once you reach a certain amount, like wear fancy-dress for the day once you hit £100. Or post a video of yourself singing!

If you need help setting up your fundraising page, please get in touch. You can email us at

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How does my money get to Versus Arthritis?
We receive all the donations via electronic transfer from Facebook.

Q: What is the donate button?
The donate button is an option that you can attach to a post or fundraiser, that allows people to donate straight to your chosen charity. There are no fees associated with adding the donate button.

Q: How do I invite my Facebook friends to my fundraiser?
To invite people to donate to a fundraiser:

  1. From the fundraiser, click Invite.
  2. Click Invite next to the friends you want to invite to contribute to the fundraiser.

Q: I’d like to hold a birthday fundraiser, when can I start?
Your birthday fundraiser can be started one month before your birthday. You will need to have your date of birth registered with your Facebook account.

Q: Will anyone be charged a fee for donating to a Facebook Fundraiser?
Facebook covers all fees for donations made on Facebook to charitable organizations.

Q: Is Versus Arthritis charged any fees?
Versus Arthritis isn’t charged any fees as Facebook covers any fees for donations to a charitable organisation. This means we get 100% of the donations raised for us.

Q: Are donations on Facebook eligible for Gift Aid?
A donation on Facebook might be eligible for Gift Aid if the person making the donation is a taxpayer in the United Kingdom and the donation is being made to a UK-based non-profit organisation. People can indicate that their donation is eligible for Gift Aid whilst making their donation.

We now have an exciting range of Facebook profile picture frames to make your profile look celebration ready!

They can be found and added in a few short steps:

  1. Go onto your Facebook page and click on the small camera icon next to your profile picture.
  2. Click “add frame”.
  3. Type Versus Arthritis into the search box and our birthday frames will appear.
  4. Select the frame that you like and click “Use as Profile Picture”.

And that’s it – you’re all set up for your big day!

If you have a question about fundraising on Facebook that isn’t listed here please email or call 0300 790 0405.

Raise money while you shop

Did you know you can raise money for Versus Arthritis by shopping online, without it costing you a single extra penny?

Amazon Smile is a website operated by Amazon. It offers the same products, prices and shopping experience as Amazon but with one extra difference – when you shop on Amazon smile, the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate to the charity of your choice. Start fundraising in aid of Versus Arthritis with Amazon Smile.

You can also browse through thousands of the UK’s most popular high street shops online and if you purchase items through The Giving Machine or Shopping+Giving, Versus Arthritis receive a commission as a donation.

Sell unwanted items online

Having a declutter can be a productive and fun way to pass the time while you have to stay at home.

You could even get the whole family involved by seeing who has the most to sell!

eBay Charity is operated by eBay. It allows users to donate a percentage of the items sold online directly to charity.

You can decide to donate any percentage from 10% to 100% of the sale of your item, directly to Versus Arthritis, with no extra effort on your behalf.

To get started check out the eBay Charity website.

Play our lottery

Feeling lucky? Play our weekly lottery to support people with arthritis, and a chance to win fantastic cash prizes of up to £25,000 every week.

How does it work?

The lottery is a number match game. For every £1 you play each week you'll receive a unique 6-digit lottery number, which will remain yours for as long as you wish to keep playing. You can purchase more than one lottery number if you like.

Every Friday a random 6-digit winning number sequence is generated. If 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of your digits are in same positions as the digits in the winning number sequence, you’re a winner!

To find out more information or get playing, head over to the head over to our lottery page.

Donate your birthday

Find a new way to celebrate your birthday together. Why not ask your friends and family to save the cake for next year and instead set up a birthday fundraiser for Versus Arthritis?

It’s really easy, simply follow these 3 simple steps to get your birthday fundraiser started:

  1. Create a birthday fundraiser on Facebook in seconds by clicking the link below.
  2. Invite all your friends and family to support you by gifting you a donation.
  3. Sit back and enjoy a slice of cake knowing that you’ve done something amazing with your birthday.

Having a birthday never felt so good! Set up a Facebook birthday fundraiser at