SIAB ‘Blog in a Bag’ No. 48: Ways to raise money for SIAB whilst you’re at home ? ?

There are ways you can raise money using various platforms that donate to us, when you buy the things you need, and also easy online platforms you can set up fundraisers for if you’re celebrating a special occasion. Please read on about how you can help us to help others…

This past week has been one to test us all – whether our job roles have decreased, or even increased, dramatically, if we’re now home educating our children, we can’t leave the house except under essential circumstances, or indeed we have caught this hideous virus, there are many reasons why we are feeling trapped, isolated and scared. It’s a time for resilience, community spirit and doing the best we can. It’s a time to help others and to help keep as many businesses (large and small), groups, teams and charities alive and able to weather this unpredictable storm. This is going to be a year to remember, not always for great ways, but there will be new things we learn, new people we meet and new communities opened up.

For us, it’s a time of uncertainty, like everyone, and we have a duty of care to the millions of children around the world we’re trying to help too, so we can’t afford to not be here in six months or a year. The children we help could be the next scientist who discovers a cure for cancer, they could be the engineer who invents a new environmentally friendly car, they could be a doctor who saves thousands of lives, they can and will be the future, but an education is so important to get them on these tracks, to help them realise their dreams and to be given that opportunity…

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising free donations for School in a Bag with easyfundraising?

There are over 4,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation – including biggies like eBay, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, Sainsbury’s and M&S – and it won’t cost you a penny extra to help us raise funds!

All you need to do is:

1. Go to and join for FREE!
2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping
3. After you’ve checked out, the retailer will make a donation to us at no extra cost to you whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and we’ll be really hugely grateful for your donations 🙂

Let’s face it, if you’ve got a birthday coming up in the next few weeks, it’s going to be a little different this year. There will be no big parties or night at the pub with your mates. So how about doing something a bit different as well, and setting up a Facebook birthday fundraiser for School in a Bag?! It’s really easy!

All you need to do is:
1. Click on this link:
2. A pop-up will appear asking you to set the amount you’re aiming to raise and the end date you want (normally a week or so after your special day)
3. It gets shared on your feed and page automatically, and then you can share your link as far and wide as you like (everyone will be able to see it as it’s public, but only those with a Facebook account can actually donate).
4. At the end of your fundraiser, Facebook then send us the money directly, all of it 🙂

Why stop at just birthdays – you can set one up for an anniversary or other special occasions too!

Thank you in advance for helping us out this way. Even when we’re not in this current situation, millions of pounds are spent shopping online, and we can be benefitting from it! What may take a few minutes to set-up, will then be really quick and easy to use every time you then shop, yet raising hundreds of pounds.

Happy shopping, or indeed happy birthday!


School in a Bag is a charity born out of the Piers Simon Appeal, a charity set-up by Founder & CEO, Luke Simon, in memory of his older brother Piers, who lost his life in the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004. To date, over 118,500 SchoolBags have been distributed to children in 45 countries around the world, giving them the necessary tools to be able to attend school and therefore have a lifeline out of poverty and hardship. Equally, if they have been affected by war or a natural disaster and had to flee their home, the SchoolBags provide the tools to be able to gain some stability and normality back in their lives by attending school. To see more of the work we do, please take a look at our website: