When is Anti-Bullying Week 2020?

Anti Bullying Week 2020 is Monday 16th November to Friday 20th November.

Our research shows that 1 in 2 young people will, at some point experience bullying. As a result, 1 in 3 will self-harm, grades will drop and 14% will develop eating disorders.

Bullying is a national emergency and continues to undermine the self-esteem, health, and potential of millions in the UK. Read our Annual Bullying Survey 2020 report below:


This year we are using Anti-Bullying Week to encourage people to speak up about bullying. We unfortunately have sold out of anti-bullying posters this year.

Instead, we also invite activists, teachers, parents/guardians, businesses and other interested parties to help us eradicate bullying and improve the lives of millions by pledging support for Ditch the Label.

Are you a teacher?

We’ve created a number of high-quality and free educational resources for teachers. You can find them at: https://dtled.org/

What is the definition of bullying?

Bullying is something that 1 in 2 people under 25 will experience in their lifetime.

There is no singular definition of bullying because it comes in all shapes, sizes and subtleties. Despite the varied nature of bullying, here are a few things you should know that will help you identify it, and hopefully understand it a little better.

Understanding bullying

No one is born a bully – true story. Bullying is a learnt behaviour and not an innate characteristic of anyone. According to Ditch the Label research, there are lots of reasons why people bully and these are explored further in Why People Bully, The Scientific Reasons.

The dictionary definition of bullying is “the use of strength or power to frighten or hurt weaker people.” This is not a very nice definition if you ask us and completely inaccurate. First things first, being bullied does not mean that you are weak.

What’s more, this definition doesn’t account for many facets of bullying such as online abuse, subtle bullying within friendships such as manipulation, intimidation and social exclusion, as well as indirect bullying such as the spreading of harmful rumours, be it online or elsewhere.

Persistence is key

Another important thing to note is that for something to qualify as bullying – it is persistent. A one-off comment made about your appearance is hurtful and horrible to have to go through but a common factor of bullying is that it is a regular and persistent occurrence that takes place over time.

Are you in denial?

“I’m probably overreacting?”
“I’m just being over-sensitive”
“It will probably stop soon”

Sound familiar? Well, these are all things we tell ourselves when we are in denial. We somehow coast through life thinking, “yeah bullying sucks but it can’t happen to me…” then it does and it hurts, so we ignore it or pretend that it’s nothing.

Denial is a trick to make us think that everything is fine, even when it’s not. The first step to overcoming bullying is to acknowledge the fact that you are being bullied. This can sometimes be the hardest part: no one wants to admit that their ‘friends’ are bullying them.

How bullying makes you feel

The best way to determine whether you are being bullied is to analyse how it makes you feel and if it makes you feel low, unhappy, worried, frightened or stressed on a regular basis. Take the Ditch the Label quiz if you’re still unsure about whether or not you’re being bullied:


I’m being bullied – what should I do?

The most important thing you can do when being bullied to protect yourself is to talk about it.

Start by joining the Ditch the Label Support Community to speak to a digital mentor and take the first steps to overcome bullying. You will be met by understanding and non judgemental advice and support.

Alternatively, pick a friend who you trust, a family member or teacher and tell them what’s been going on. Don’t forget to tell them how it makes you feel and how long it’s been going on.

If you don’t feel like talking right now, that’s OK – check out some of these resources that have helped thousands of people overcome bullying…


Are you bullying someone?

Statistically speaking, those who experience bullying are likely to go on and bully other people. The very best way to overcome bullying once and for all is to understand those who bully and the reasons behind why they do it.

By showing compassion towards those who bully, no matter how hard that might seem at the time, we can truly overcome bullying. Read this to find out more…

Not only do we work closely with those who are being bullied, but we are also determined to help those who are doing the bullying. If that’s you, have a browse through the resources below for information on how to stop:


We can help

The most important thing to remember if you’re being bullied or if you are bullying someone else is that you are not alone and we are here for you


Let’s destroy the stigma that comes with the word “bullied.” It can happen to anyone, by anyone, anywhere – for any reason. Bullying can be faceless and consequently, you may or may not know you are being bullied.

For this reason, being bullied by someone you consider a friend can be a real blind spot for most of us; it’s harder to detect, subtle in nature and can take a while to get our attention. After all, they’re a friend – right?

Here’s what you can do if you’re being bullied by a friend.

Don’t laugh it off.

Nobody wants to be that friend that can’t take a joke so part of the problem is we laugh along with them when a joke is made at our expense as a way of diffusing the awkwardness and tension. But the major downside is your laughter will give the impression that you’re cool with the mean jokes. You are 100% allowed to not find something funny and tell your friend. The reason it feels hard is we can’t control other people’s reactions so the fear lies behind not knowing how they will react.

We need to talk.

Try being honest with your friend and let them know how they have made you feel. Make sure you have the conversation somewhere private where you won’t be interrupted.

The best advice is to be direct, keep it short and stick with how it makes you feel instead of blaming them. If they are genuinely apologetic they will make an effort to tone it down. If not, it is likely they will get defensive and deny doing anything to hurt your feelings. Whatever the outcome, what matters is you have said something and taken action.

Stand up for yourself.

Easier said than done when it comes to our friends being the ones that are giving you a hard time. But the bottom line is that this will not be the last time you have to stand up for yourself and so you might as well start getting good at it now. One of the best things I ever did was learning how to speak up when it matters, its nobody else’s responsibility to say what’s not okay for you, but your own.

Know when to walk away.

This is rarely an easy call to make especially with old friends or if we have put all our eggs in one basket. Think twice about friendships where you feel criticized, ignored, gossiped about, judged, manipulated, made fun of or left out.

It’s not me it’s you.

It can be a scary prospect standing up for yourself or walking away from somebody who you considered a friend but your esteem and integrity are much more important than trying to keep somebody happy who doesn’t give a damn about you. If you’re unsure if they really are your friend have a read of this article.

Don’t ignore your feelings.

Don’t ignore your feelings when someone makes you feel bad about yourself. Do you have any friends that after spending time together you feel worse than you did before? Do you feel nervous around them because you don’t know what they are going to say or do? Bullying affects our overall happiness and confidence. So we must check in with ourselves and not ignore our emotions. The worse the bullying gets – the worse we begin to feel. A friend makes you feel happy, liked, appreciated and confident.

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If you are being bullied, you do not need to go through it alone. If you ever need help, Ditch the Label are here for you. You can join our community here.

What We Do

Every year at Ditch the Label, we carry out extensive research into bullying by asking students across the country about their experiences. We delve into the reasons why people bully and are bullied, as well as asking important questions about things like relationships, gender, mental health and body image.

This groundbreaking research also takes a look at the nature of different types of bullying, the long terms effects that bullying has on people’s emotional well-being and how it’s changed over time. It’s pretty eye-opening stuff if we do say so ourselves.

Bullying: The Facts…

So, here are our main findings from the last couple of years’ work in a nifty list of 21 things we bet you didn’t already know about bullying (pssst…if you did already know them, you probably heard it from us 😜). Remember, if you are being bullied or you just have something you want to talk about, you can reach out to the Ditch the Label Community here.

1. More than half of people under 25 have experienced bullying at some point.

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2. 20% of people surveyed, said that they often experienced verbal bullying.

3. People who are bullied, often go on to bully others.

4. People with a physical disability, are unfortunately more likely to experience bullying than a person without a physical disability. #NotCool

5. 5% of people surveyed, said that they constantly experienced physical bullying.

6. Social exclusion is a form of bullying. That means, when your mates leave you out on purpose to hurt your feelings, they are indirectly bullying you.

7. More than a third of people go on to develop Social Anxiety and Depression as a direct result of bullying.

8. Almost a quarter of those who have been bullied have had suicidal thoughts.

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9. Guys are more likely to bully someone than anyone else.

10.  Those who bully are far more likely to have experienced stressful and traumatic situations in recent times.

11. Of those who bullied daily, 58% had experienced the death of a relative.

12. Bullying is not an identity, it is a learnt behaviour – find out more about that here.

13. The #1 most common reason why people experience bullying is because of attitudes towards their appearance, with attitudes towards hobbies & interests and high grades coming in close at second and third place.

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14. 69% of people have admitted to doing something abusive to another person online 😲😲😲 #CutItOutPPL

15. Bullying is never, ever the fault of the person on the receiving end of it. Here’s why

16. People who identify as LGBT+ are more likely to experience bullying.

What about Online?

17. 26% of people reported experiencing cyberbullying in the past 12-months. (2019)

18. More than a quarter of people have had suicidal thoughts as a result of cyberbullying.

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19. 35% of people have sent a screenshot of someone’s status to laugh at in a group chat. #ShadyOnlineBehaviour 

20. Almost two-thirds of people agreed that social networks don’t do enough to combat cyberbullying.

21. 44% of people under 25 said that ‘real life’ means ‘only things that happen offline.’

And there you have it – 21 facts about bullying you probably never knew before. If you are being bullied and need someone to talk to, reach out to the Ditch the Label Community here.

All statistics are taken from Ditch the Label research.

Why do People Bully?

According to our latest research, 1 in 2 people have experienced bullying in some form in the last 12-months. And trust us when we say, we know how difficult it can be to go through it, especially if you don’t fully understand the psychology of bullying. In this article, we will be exploring the reasons why people bully, using the latest research and psychology to give you a greater understanding of the motives of those who are either bullying you right now or who have done so in the past.

You may have assumed that you get bullied for whatever makes you different or unique, for example: your race, religion, culture, sexual or gender identity, line of work, fashion sense or weight. By the end of this article, you will know that this is not the case at all.

Let’s talk about it – join the community today to start a conversation about bullying and speak to our amazing digital mentors who can help you without judgement.

The Psychology of Being Bullied

We will explore the reasons why later on in this article, but most frequently, those who bully others are looking to gain a feeling of power, purpose and control over you. The easiest way of doing this is to focus on something that is unique about you – either preying on or creating a new insecurity with an intent to hurt you either physically or emotionally. What happens is, we, as the people experiencing bullying, start to internalise it and we become self-critical. We want to understand the reasons why we are being targeted and we start to blame ourselves.

As a result, we try to change or mask that unique characteristic in order to avoid the bullying. We dye our hair, bleach our skin, date people we aren’t interested in and cover up our bodies like they are something to be ashamed of. It starts to affect our behaviour and the ways in which we see ourselves, which in turn, can go on to impact both our mental and physical health.

But the way we see bullying is all wrong. It isn’t because we are different in some way.

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The Real Reasons Why People Bully Others

In a recent Ditch the Label study, we spoke to 8,850 people about bullying. We asked respondents to define bullying and then later asked if, based on their own definition, they had ever bullied anybody. 14% of our overall sample, so that’s 1,239 people, said yes. What we then did was something that had never been done on this scale before; we asked them intimate questions about their lives, exploring things like stress and trauma, home lives, relationships and how they feel about themselves.

In fact, we asked all 8,850 respondents the same questions and then compared the answers from those who had never bullied, those who had bullied at least once and those who bully others daily. This then gave us very strong and factual data to identify the real reasons why people bully others. It also scientifically proves that the reason people get bullied is never, contrary to popular belief, because of the unique characteristics of the person experiencing the bullying. So, why do people bully?

Stress and Trauma:

Our data shows that those who bully are far more likely than average to have experienced a stressful or traumatic situation in the past 5 years. Examples include their parents/guardians splitting up, the death of a relative or the gaining of a little brother or sister. It makes sense because we all respond to stress in very different ways. Some of us use positive behaviours, such as meditation, exercise and talking therapy – all designed to relieve the stress. Others use negative behaviours such as bullying, violence and alcohol abuse, which temporarily mask the issues but usually make them worse in the long-term. The research shows that some people simply do not know how to positively respond to stress and so default to bullying others as a coping mechanism.

Aggressive Behaviours:

66% of the people who had admitted to bullying somebody else were male. Take a minute to think about how guys are raised in our culture and compare that to the ways in which girls are raised. The moment a guy starts to show any sign of emotion, he’s told to man up and to stop being a girl. For girls, it’s encouraged that they speak up about issues that affect them. For guys, it’s discouraged and so they start to respond with aggressive behaviours, such as bullying, as a way of coping with issues that affect them. This is why guys are more likely than girls to physically attack somebody or to commit crimes. It isn’t something they are born with, it’s a learned behaviour that is actively taught by society using dysfunctional gender norms and roles.

Low Self-Esteem:

In order to mask how they actually feel about themselves, some people who bully focus attention on someone else. They try to avoid any negative attention directed at them by deflecting. But know they might look in the mirror at home and hate the way they look. There is so much pressure to live up to beauty and fitness standards that we are taught to compare ourselves to others, instead of embracing our own beauty.

They’ve Been Bullied:

Our research shows that those who have experienced bullying are twice as likely to go on and bully others. Maybe they were bullied as kids in the past, or maybe they are being bullied now. Often it’s used as a defence mechanism and people tend to believe that by bullying others, they will become immune to being bullied themselves. In fact, it just becomes a vicious cycle of negative behaviours.

Difficult Home Life:

1 in 3 of those who bully people daily told us that they feel like their parents/guardians don’t have enough time to spend with them. They are more likely to come from larger families and are more likely to live with people other than their biological parents. There are often feelings of rejection from the very people who should love them unconditionally. They are also much more likely to come from violent households with lots of arguments and hostility.

Low Access to Education:

Without access to education, hate-based conversation directed at others may be the norm. They may not understand what hate speech is and why speaking about people in a derogatory way is not appropriate.

Relationships:

Finally, those who bully are more likely to feel like their friendships and family relationships aren’t very secure. In order to keep friendships, they might be pressured by their peers to behave in a certain way. They are more likely to feel like those who are closest to them make them do things that they don’t feel comfortable doing and aren’t very supportive or loving.

So there you have it, some of the most common reasons why people bully others. If you are being bullied, it’s time to put the knowledge to the test. Carry on reading with our article on overcoming bullying. If you are doing the bullying, here are 7 things that you can do to overcome it.

Our community is a safe space to discuss your issues and get support from trained digital mentors who will help you without judgement.

#AntiBullyingWeek

To mark anti-bullying week in the UK, we’ve partnered up with LYNX, the UK’s leading male grooming brand on their recent ‘Ditch Labels, Ditch Bullying’ campaign. The campaign challenges guys, including some of our favourite influencers Manchester United footballer Marouane Fellaini, TV personality Ollie Locke, grime star Not3s and rapper Big Shaq to quite literally destroy the words they’ve been personally labelled with.

As part of the campaign, LYNX have launched a limited-edition ‘Unlabelled’ kit, featuring body spray and shower gel where the brand has removed its own label to promote our message, with 100% of the profits from each kit sold being donated to help fund our crucial anti-bullying support.

Scroll on to see which labels got squished 😉

 

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You can buy the limited-edition ‘Unlabelled’ kit here.
Read more about our global partnership with Lynx here.
If you’re currently affected by bullying, help and support is available here.

Things like self-esteem and confidence take the biggest knock as a result of bullying. We know this from the years of research we have undertaken in our Annual Bullying Survey. We internalise the mean comments and try to rationalise why we might’ve been excluded, singled out and picked on.

Eventually, we come to the conclusion that… “it must be me 😳”

In doing so we convince ourselves that there’s something wrong with us and before you know it…. hey presto! You’ve got yourself a whole bunch of social anxiety, confidence issues and low self-esteem to contend with.

The worst thing about this is that it follows us around for ages and it’s difficult to shake, even after the bullying has ended or been resolved. We’re left feeling low and vulnerable.

So, what can we do about it? The answer is simple but not always so easy to achieve: we can learn to love ourselves.

The experts at Ditch the Label put their heads together to come up with 50 things you can do to give yourself a little boost – try to tick off every single one and we guarantee you’ll start feeling better about yourself.

50 tips to rebuild your confidence

Try some of these out:

  1. Tell yourself that you are enough
  2. Change up your hairstyle
  3. Watch your favourite movie
  4. Talk to that mate that always makes you giggle
  5. Run faster than you’ve ever run before
  6. Make something you’ve never made before
  7. Shout out a window really loud about how amazing you are (we dare you)
  8. Help a mate
  9. Spend time with a puppy
  10. Write a list of all your best qualities
  11. Write a list of all the good things in your life – add to it every day
  12. Do something that you know you’re really good at
  13. Accept a compliment by saying ‘thank you’
  14. Unfollow/block all the things on social media which make you feel worthless
  15. Ask for help more
  16. Build something
  17. Complete a video game
  18. Find a sense of community (*cough hint cough*)
  19. Say yes more to fun/new things
  20. Learn a martial art
  21. Take up a new sport
  22. Literally say nice things to yourself in the mirror (a bit cringe at first, but trust us, it works 😉)
  23. Be kinder to the people closest to you
  24. Read about people who have similar experiences to you
  25. Talk to people who have similar experiences to you
  1. Treat yourself once in a while
  2. Allow yourself to laugh more
  3. Be outside more
  4. Hang out with people who make you feel good
  5. Join a forum (*cough hint cough*)
  6. Understand that the reality is, no one has it easy
  7. Be creative
  8. Practise mindful colouring
  9. Understand that it takes time
  10. Accept who you are and own it
  11. Learn about ways to stand up for yourself
  12. Learn to say no
  13. Hang out with a kitten😍
  14. Discover a new band
  15. Start your own band
  16. Be more honest
  17. Meditate
  18. Be critical of everything you read online
  19. Go shopping
  20. Cook a meal for your family/friends
  21. Join a club
  22. Organise activities for friends/family
  23. Celebrate your achievements no matter how big or small
  24. List the things you love about yourself
  25. List the things you are most grateful for

Got any to add? Stick em’ in Community – we want to hear how you stay fabulous 😍 @DitchtheLabel

Give It Up… Our Anti-Bullying Week fundraiser

This Anti-Bullying Week (12th to 16th November 2018) we’re asking everyone to give something up for Ditch the Label in return for donations and sponsorship. With your help we can increase the support we provide to young people who need us, helping to fund another expert support mentor.

What are you going to give up? It could be anything from social media, junk food or your biggest fear. So, what are you waiting for? Start fundraising now.

Why should you get involved?

Cyberbullying is one of the things young people worry about the most. As a result of being abused online, 41% felt anxious, 37% became depressed and 26% had suicidal thoughts. Yet 69% of the people we asked admitted doing something abusive towards another person online.

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The difference you’ll make

This is Rhianna (Hi Rhianna! 👋).

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Rhianna is a Ditch the Label Digital Support Mentor. Rhianna is trained to help young people deal with challenges like cyberbullying, giving them emotional and practical support to minimise the impact of bullying on their lives. However, with 1 in 3 children experiencing cyberbullying, we can’t currently reach everyone who needs our help.

Make it happen!

Getting involved with Give It Up for Ditch the Label is easy. There are 5 simple steps which you can follow below:

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You want me to give up what!?

Here’s some ideas from us but feel free to go your own way.

  • Give up social media
  • Give up junk food
  • Give up gaming
  • Give up a uniform
  • Give up cake
  • Give up your voice
  • Give up jewellery
  • Give up your profile pic
  • Give up not answering your mum’s phone calls
  • Give up fizzy drinks
  • Give up your phone
  • Give up reality tv shows
  • Give up emojis
  • Give up coffee
  • Give up your bad habits
  • Give up Netflix
  • Give up makeup
  • Give up meat
  • Give up dating apps
  • Give up your fears

*If you are looking to fundraise for Ditch the Label, check out our guide to online fundraising here: https://www.ditchthelabel.org/how-to-fundraise-online/

Anti-Bullying Week 2019: 11th November – Friday 15th

Anti-Bullying Week 2019 is just around the corner… Our research shows that 1 in 2 young people will, at some point experience bullying. As a result, 1 in 3 will self-harm, grades will drop and 14% will develop eating disorders.

Bullying is a national emergency and continues to undermine the self-esteem, health, and potential of millions in the UK. Read our Annual Bullying Survey report below:


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This year we are using Anti-Bullying Week to encourage people to speak up about bullying. We also invite activists, teachers, parents/guardians, businesses and other interested parties to help us eradicate bullying and improve the lives of millions by pledging support for Ditch the Label.

Anti-Bullying Week Posters

We have a range of Anti-Bullying Week posters available for schools and colleges. The prints are available in an A3 printed format and can be ordered directly from our Education Store.

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Get more resources for Anti-Bullying Week

Ditch the Label’s 101 Fundraising Ideas

It took them 2 days but our fundraising team did it. They rose to the challenge of collectively coming up with 101 different fundraising ideas for your creative inspiration. Whether you’re planning to take over the world with your fundraising or just looking for modest ways to help, we have the perfect campaign idea for you. Once you’ve got your idea, start your fundraising page or get in touch and we’ll help you with the next steps.

Read on for 101 Ditch the Label fundraising ideas.

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  1. Ditch or Dare – Get your friends to challenge you with a bunch of dares.
  2. Host a dinner party – This is pretty much a win-win situation. You get to see your friends, they get to sample your delicious cooking and at the end of the evening, everyone chips into a Ditch the Label donation (chips…get it?)
  3. Go silent – give up your voice for the day in return for sponsorship.
  4. Recycle – why not recycle your old phone, tablet and gadgets and donate the money to Ditch the Label.
  5. Go on a (digital) holiday – Calling all social media addicts! Give up technology for a day in return for sponsorships.
  6. Have a clear out at home – Clear out your closet of unwanted junk and donate the funds raised – you could do this offline with a car-boot sale or online using eBay
  7. Jump from a crane – face your fear of heights and do a charity bungee jump for Ditch the Label.
  8. Do something for a mile – Skip, swim, jog, cycle, crawl – whatever you want, just do it for a mile.
  9. Do a marathon – what better excuse do you need to exercise? Your legs will thank you for it and your medal selfie is going to look literally so cool. Paint is optional.
  10. Quit – Give up a bad habit and donate the money to us instead! It could be anything from smoking, chocolate or makeup.
  11. Run a pub quiz – Just take it from us, it may be best to ban smartphones for the evening. It’s a really great and fun way to raise some money for a great cause (alcohol is optional).
  12. Get married – Yeah, that’s right. Get married! Instead of asking for wedding gifts, why not ask your loved ones to donate the money to Ditch the Label instead?
  13. Talk in third person for the day – In return for sponsorships, set a day where you refer to yourself in third-person. Consider making a video of your day to share online – mainly for the entertainment of others (us).
  14. Get active – Organise a charity football, touch rugby or tennis match and use it to raise money for Ditch the Label.. and to get one up on your best mates because you’ll be destined to be on the winning team.
  15. Save your change – You’ll be surprised at how much loose change you’ll accumulate over the period of a month. Save it and donate it.
  16. Host a party – Just please, for the sake of our legal team – don’t advertise it publically to randomers on social media! Host a party or gig and incorporate some cool fundraising activities.
  17. Auction away – Why not reach out to businesses and celebrities for donated products and experiences to be auctioned off for Ditch the Label?
  18. Take a packed lunch – Perfect if you’re addicted to eating out. Use the money you’ve saved to donate to Ditch the Label.
  19. Shave it off – Dare we say it… no wait, we can’t. Okay, deep breaths. We can do this. Why don’t… youhaveyourhairshavedoffandyouuseittoraisemoney? There you said it, your call!
  20. Pop-up car wash – Rally the troops and spend the day cleaning cars in return for donations to Ditch the Label. You’d be surprised at how fun it can be – honest!
  21. Channel your 90s diva – Yo. Here’s the story from A to Z, you wanna get with me? You better listen carefully. You’ve been challenged to speak in nothing but Spice Girls lyrics for the entire day in return for sponsorship. Wannabe or is it a Viva Forever? Please, Say You’ll Be There.
  22. Couture it out – Collab with local businesses to run a Ditch the Label diversity-themed fashion show.
  23. Cocktail fundraiser – book a mixologist and partner with local brands to host a cocktail evening fundraiser!
  24. Trigger word – Do a ‘trigger word’ challenge – pick a word out of a hat and whenever anyone mentions it you have to do an action such as a dance, song or Vine quote.
  25. Hand it over – Let your parents or other half take over your social media presence for the day to raise funds (muahaha)
  26. Iron it out – What we mean by this is, your friends and family or even colleagues are going to pay you to iron their clothes the day.
  27. Switch it up – Use the opposite hand for the day. So, if you’re right-handed, you’re not left-handed and vice-versa. What could possibly go wrong…
  28. Quit smoking – …and use the money you’ve saved to donate to Ditch the Label. Your health wins and so do we!
  29. Flippy floppy – So a sponsored flip-flop wearing week! No matter what the weather is.
  30. Swear box – Install it at home or in the office. Whenever anyone swears, you’ve got to donate £1 to us!
  31. Tie yourself to a buddy day – It’s like a three-legged race only there isn’t a race and it lasts all day.
  32. Change the world – By attempting a world record to fundraise for Ditch the Label. Ambitious.. but still you wanted 101 ideas!
  33. Makeup – Let your partner or a small child do your make-up for the day. It ‘might‘ actually look amazing.
  34. Get spooked – Spend the night in a haunted house. On your own. Without a light. OK…maybe 1 light.
  35. Accent challenge – Change your accent for the day/week in return for sponsorships. No doubt people will sponsor you to change it back.
  36. Inside out – A classic! Wear your clothes inside out for the day. Imagine that… Major #ThugLife points coming your way
  37. Guess the number – It could be sweets in a jar, weight of an object or anything else you can think of. Charge for each number people want.
  38. Say yes – You’re banned from saying no to anything for the day (unless it’s illegal/immoral/corrupt). Sound fun? Yes? Yes.
  39. Donkey Kong it – Host a classic video game competition with friends and colleagues. How quickly will you get bored? Never!
  40. Eat Green – Literally. For a week, eat nothing but things that are green in colour. (please speak to a dietician/doctor first)
  41. Auction your skills – Can you offer some gardening, creative or spreadsheet skills for a day?
  42. Wax it off- Wax your legs, chest or everything if you’re feeling overly ambitious
  43. Turn it off – If you’re a TV or Netflix addict, cut it out of your system for the week
  44. Sports day – Approach your local school to get all the kids involved, or how about doing an adult one?
  45. Repeat – Use a certain word at the end of everything sentence okay. For the day okay. To raise money okay. Okay okay?
  46. Be kind – Not like you shouldn’t be anyway. Spend a sponsored day doing random acts of kindness.
  47. Sing it out – Spend the day in a musical – yes, it is what you think. No talking, just singing.
  48. Paint it out – Get sponsored to walk around with face paint on all day. Think of the possibilities… Lion, giraffe, clown. Endless!
  49. Yoga challenge – Host a pay-to-enter Yoga challenge with sudden death if you are fall out of the increasingly difficult poses.
  50. You Vs. Food – The ultimate challenge. Just try to avoid too many chillies… we don’t think we need to explain why
  51. Host a tea or coffee morning – Because it is the British thing to do
  52. Battle of the bands – Work with local venues and bands to build a local singing competition. All profits go to us.
  53. Ditch the holiday – Ditch your summer travels and donate the money to Ditch the Label? Who needs a week in the sun with the great British weather
  54. Dye your hair – Why not don a crazy colour in the name of Ditch of Label.
  55. Non-uniform days – Approach local schools to see if they would be willing to ditch the uniform for the day.
  56. Sing your heart out – How about organising a karaoke night? Can’t sing? Don’t worry, that’s what karaoke is for!
  57. There’s no harm in asking – Ask for a discount in every shop you visit and donate your savings.
  58. Organise a treasure hunt – Tune into your inner child and hunt for that pot of gold. Or chocolate! Whichever is more affordable..
  59. Switch it out – Swap clothes with your partner for the day to raise money.
  60. Turn off the games console – How long can you go without your faithful Sega Megadrive? PS4? Xbox?
  61. Sponsored juice cleanse – Basically drink nothing but vitamin-packed juices (please speak to a dietician/doctor first)
  62. Christmas is around the corner – Ditch your normal clothes and see how the colour red suits you.
  63. Organise a 24-hour event – You could run, swim, sit, stand, kiss or anything that you see fit.
  64. Round up the village -How about organising a village fayre? It’ll be hard work but will pay dividends.
  65. Clubs & Pubs – Approach clubs & pubs to see if they would fancy teaming up for themed nights and events.
  66. Don a weird wig – We know they’re itchy but it is for charity…
  67. Board game competition – Got any classic board games lying around? No? Well, we’re sure someone still owns some!
  68. Gough all out – Why not organise an exhibition with local artists and performers
  69. Egg and Spoon race – Just like when you were a kid but that egg and especially the spoon it ‘balances’ on is a lot smaller now that you’re all grown up.
  70. To grow or not to grow – Ever been curious how long you can grow your whiskers?
  71. Box-set marathon – Most of us do this every Sunday anyway, but we all know you want to watch every episode of Breaking Bad again
  72. No pants! – Can you get sponsored to not wear underwear for the week? No idea, but we do know you’ll save yourself some laundry
  73. Burns night – You don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy this great night, so get the haggis and scotch out
  74. Darts – Now we don’t know if anyone actually plays darts… but if you do, here’s your chance to do what you do and fundraise!
  75. Free hugs! – Who doesn’t like a hug! See if you can get away with charging for your cuddles to the entire office
  76. Make-up / Make-down – If you do, don’t If you don’t, do.
  77. Bakeathon – It’s all in the name. See how many cakes you can bake in a short amount of time and sell them raise funds.
  78. PJ Day – We’re sure your boss would love you to turn up on Monday morning in your jim-jams…
  79. It’s always sunny in… indoors – Ever worn your sunnies for 24 hours? It’s great, trust us!
  80. Get the maps out – Damping your friends in the middle of nowhere and letting them race back sounds fun right? Get them sponsored to do it.
  81. Bike ride – There are some brave souls out there that cycle the length of the country in the name of charity… just saying.
  82. Community helpers – Pick up litter or get the lawnmower out. Help local residents and ask for small donations.
  83. Summers here – Host a charity BBQ. Do we need to give you any more of an excuse?
  84. Everyone loves the movies – Get your hands on a projector and host a cinema evening. Or, approach local cinemas to see if they can help.
  85. Bingo! – Apologies if you are in the bingo hall right now but it’s a classic fundraiser so it had to be on the list.
  86. Tennis-athon – We’ve no idea if we just made up a new form of event, but either way it sounds good to us
  87. 24 selfies – That’s probably what you’ll take this month but how about doing it in one day? Every hour, on the hour.
  88. Going back to singing – …public places are always a great place to do it.
  89. YouTube yourself – The internet can be a great way of fundraising. Film yourself doing a charitable act to raise funds.
  90. We all have phobias – We know it’s a bit cruel but it’s the reactions that are funny (not you being scared). Face your fears for us!
  91. Do a raffle – Everyone loves a good ol’ raffle. Fun fact: Poundland sell raffle books… just saying.
  92. Silent auction – Great for the workplace or an event. Pool together and host a silent auction.. shhhh!
  93. Have a birthday – and just ask people to Ditch the Label in lieu of gifts. Perfect if you are difficult to buy for.
  94. Buy a t-shirt – Did you know that all of the profits from our merchandise goes straight to funding support?
  95. Fancy dress – Why not organise a fancy dress day at work, or use it as an excuse to host a party. Pay to enter.
  96. It’s Christmas – Instead of asking for presents, why not be totally selfless and ask them to donate the money to us instead?
  97. It’s Christmas part 2 – Why not reduce your Christmas gift budget and use the savings to donate to Ditch the Label?
  98. It’s Christmas part 3 – Or buy some of our merchandise as Christmas gifts – that way – everybody wins! Plus it’s all awesome
  99. Sell wristbands – Own a business or shop front? Contact us for information on how you can sell our merchandise at your POS
  100. Text to donate – Can’t be bothered with anything too heavy? Text DITC12 £10 to 70070 to donate £10
  101. Donate a % – Got a business? Why not donate a percentage of sales to Ditch the Label?

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