Individual Fundraising

There are lots of ways individuals can help the Foundation.

As a charity, it is only with the generous and unwavering backing of our many supporters that we can continue to make such an impact in Sunderland and across the North East. If you’re interested in fundraising for us we would love to hear from you.

All donations, whatever the size, go directly towards providing opportunities for children, families and adults in North East communities.

You can make a general donation at any time by sending a cheque, using your credit/debit card over the telephone, online at or by text.

Through JustTextGiving you can now make a one off text donation to us by sending the message 'FOFL10' followed by a space and then £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 depending on how much you want to donate to 70070. For example, if you wanted to donate £3 text "FOFL10 £3" to 70070.

Take Part in an Event

The Foundation of Light run a broad range of fundraising events throughout the year, including our Dublin to Sunderland cycle challenge and our exciting ‘Zip Wear’ event where supporters can take a Zip Wire from the top of the Stadium of Light across the River Wear.

Legacy Giving

Many people choose to make a donation in memory of a loved one or leave a legacy donation in their will. Maybe the loved one was a Sunderland fan, a local person who wanted to make a difference, or simply a charity natured individual.

Leaving a legacy is a very special way of helping and giving a lasting gift to the people we are trying to help. There are also considerable tax advantages to legacy donations.

Contact for more information about legacy giving.

Gifts in Kind

There are many ways you can support the Foundation of Light without paying cash. Why not volunteer your time, donate gifts or experiences for our auctions and raffles, or offer a professional service free of charge? For more information or to discuss any of your own fundraising ideas with the Foundation of Light, please contact our Development Team on 0191 551 5191.

Give As You Earn (GAYE)

GAYE is an easy tax-free way for UK-taxpayers to regularly support the Foundation of Light which saves you time and helps your donation go further. Each time you are paid, your payroll department will deduct your donation before tax. So, if you pledge £5 per month, you pay £4 and the taxman will add £1.

If your works payroll department doesn't already run this contact Phil King on 0191 551 5164 for help on how to set this up.  

For more information visit the CAF website