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We hope you find the information on these pages helpful. Our team is working tirelessly to provide up to date advice in relation to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic. Record numbers of people are now turning to NASS for support, and we hope to be here for everyone. Our helpline and advice service are only possible thanks to donations from people like you.

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fundraising

Do your own fundraising

Organising a fundraising event can be the perfect way to gather your friends, colleagues or family, have loads of fun, raise awareness of axial SpA, and of course, raise some money for NASS too!

There are many fun ways to get involved, from quiz nights to coffee mornings, from sweepstakes or celebrating a special occasion to dress down days at work or school. Below are some ideas to get you started.

Complete our fundraiser sign up form today, and we will send you a welcome pack full of ideas to help you get started and make your fundraising activity a success!
Sponsored walk 

Walking is an excellent way of keeping active, and a sponsored step challenge is perfect for anyone with AS. Please check with your doctor or physiotherapist when taking on any new exercise, and pick a walking challenge that’s suitable for you. Choose a distance and ask your contacts to sponsor you. You might even them to join you and fundraise too! Remember to wear your NASS t-shirt while you walk and take lots of photos! Click here for information about exercising safely with axial SpA.

Celebrate a special occasion

Dedicate your birthday, wedding, anniversary, or another special occasion to raise awareness and help support people living with axial SpA. Find out more.

Get crafty

Put your creativity to good use and make homemade crafts to raise funds. These could include bookmarks, homemade jewellery, crocheted or knitted items, jams or chutneys, or face masks. You can then sell the crafts (for a donation to NASS), or you could even host a workshop to show others how to make your chosen craft!

Quiz night

Invite your friends, family or colleagues to a quiz night. This could be in your place of work, online, or you could even ask your local pub if you could hold a charity quiz night there.

Set your quiz questions and ask for a donation to enter. You can ask a local shop to donate a prize (a bottle of wine or a book token often goes down well) or give the winner a small cut of the entry fees. Please email us if you’d like some axial SpA specific quiz questions!

Get baking!

Are you a baking enthusiast? Then why not organise your own cake sale or coffee morning at work, school or in the community! You can bake some cakes and ask your friends or colleagues to donate. Extra points if you can make some orange cakes!

Organise a sweepstake

Sweepstakes for sporting events or your own competitions such as ‘guess my finish time’ for a race, or ‘guess the due date’ for a new baby, can be a fun way to fundraise. When you set up your sweepstake, remember you must follow some rules: routes:

  1. Decide an entry price and ensure that it is the same for all participants.
  2. Decide before starting your sweepstake if the entry money will be split between the winner and the Charity, or if you are going to have a separate prize with all entry fees going to the Charity. Whichever approach you take, participants must be informed before they enter and the host cannot make a profit (ie funds will need to be donated).
  3. Participants in your office sweepstake must all be employed to work from the same location
  4. You must not sell entry on the street or house to house.

For more information on the rules of running your own fundraising sweepstake please visit the Gambling Commission website.


How does my fundraising make a difference?

NASS doesn’t receive any statutory funding, so we rely on the kindness of people like you to help to support our work and awareness about axial SpA. Every penny you raise will help us transform the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with axial SpA, and help more people live well with axial SpA sooner.
£10 can enable our Helpline team to respond to a call or email and provide guidance and advice to someone struggling with their axial SpA.
£25 could help provide a pack of NASS guidebooks for a local axial SpA clinic.
£50 could help our team provide 1:1 welfare and benefits support for someone experiencing financial hardship.
£100 could help by contributing towards the cost of one of our weekly My AS My Life sessions to help people manage their symptoms between hospital appointments.
£250 could help us run an online session to help up to 20 people learn how to manage symptoms of axial SpA, such as pain, fatigue and sleep.
Complete our fundraiser sign up form today, and we will send you a welcome pack full of ideas to help you get started and make your fundraising activity a success!
Click here to set up your fundraising page. 

Pat and Doreen’s coffee morning

Pat and Doreen held a fundraising coffee morning for NASS, selling donated cakes and homemade crafts, and raised an incredible £740 to support our work! Pat and Doreen wanted to support NASS after Pat’s grandson William was diagnosed with axial SpA earlier this year.

William said, “We had a great turnout, and everybody was very generous with their donations, and many took an interest in axial SpA and how NASS helps people with the condition. Thanks again for all the support NASS have provided me since my diagnosis.”


For more information about fundraising for NASS please the team at fundraising@nass.co.uk.