fundraise for unseen

Call the UK Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline on 08000 121 700

Jump from the sky, run a marathon or get creative and host your own event – there are hundreds of ways you can raise money for survivors of slavery and the UK Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline. Need some support with your fundraiser? Email us now at [email protected]

charity fundraising ideas

Hold a jumble sale, coffee morning or afternoon tea. Host a games night or organise a non-uniform day at school. Run a marathon, go on a sponsored bike ride or take part in one of our challenge events.

£10 could pay for a welcome pack of toiletries to a survivor arriving at one of our safehouses

£15 could provide a week's worth of warm, nourishing food to a safehouse resident

£40 could pay for a welfare session with a professional, supporting a survivor after they escaped slavery

£50 could train a frontline professional to spot a potential victim of slavery and provide crucial support

£60 could fund a Helpline Advisor to spend an hour with a distressed parent and signpost them to further support.

Where your money goes

tips for fundraising success

Keep it simple

Choose a fundraiser that you will enjoy, and be realistic about how much work you can take on.

How to collect donations

How you are going to collect donations? Setting up a JustGiving page is a simple and effective way to collect sponsorship.

Promote your fundraiser

Once you’ve made a plan, start spreading the word to your friends, family and beyond. Share on social media and tag Unseen in your posts so we can see your fundraising efforts. You could contact your local radio or newspaper to help promote what you’re planning.

Maximise your fundraising

Keep sharing your fundraising page. If you are hosting an event, think about whether you can sell tickets or hold a raffle. Don’t forget to ask your supporters if they can Gift Aid their donation. This allows us to claim 25% extra on top of your donation from HM Revenue & Customs.

Email the team if you need fundraising support
Justine Currell

As I came to understand more about the issue, including through a visit to an Unseen safehouse, I knew I needed to do more to stop this abuse and exploitation.

For the last five years of my Civil Service career, I was the Modern Slavery Senior Policy Advisor in the Home Office and led on development of the Modern Slavery Act, including the transparency in supply chains provision and business guidance.

I joined Unseen to lead the development of the Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline, and Unseen’s work with businesses. I am regularly called upon to present at national and international conferences and use my experience of working with Ministers to influence other governments internationally to take action to address modern slavery and, in particular, business supply chain issues.

In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit, music, reading and travelling.

Andrew Wallis

What ultimately compelled me to act was a report on how people from Eastern Europe were being trafficked through Bristol airport to the USA. Kate Garbers, who went on to be an Unseen Director, and I wrote to all the city councillors, MPs and the Police Chief Constable challenging them on the issue. The challenge came back to us: this city needs safe housing for trafficked women. And so Unseen began.

But we never wanted Unseen to be just about safe housing. We wanted to end slavery once and for all, and that remains our driving focus.

I chaired the working group for the Centre for Social Justice’s landmark report “It Happens Here: Equipping the United Kingdom to Fight Modern Slavery”. This is now acknowledged as the catalyst behind the UK’s Modern Slavery Act of 2015. It was a great honour to be awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours that year. On the other hand, I’ve also been described as “the loveliest disrupter you could ever hope to meet”.

This job has taken me from building flat-pack furniture for safehouses, to working with businesses to address slavery in supply chains, to delivering training, raising awareness and advising governments around the world.

When not at work, I enjoy travelling, spending time with my dog Harley, cooking, supporting Liverpool and Yorkshire CC, music (I’m a former DJ) and endurance events such as the Three Peaks Challenge and Tribe Freedom Runs – which I vow never to do again. Until the next time.