Fundraising Inspiration – Ataxia

Fundraising Inspiration

Get Inspired by Ataxia UK's Past Fundraisers!

From an online art exhibition and inventive raffles, to cooking and dancefit classes, have a look below at past fundraisers Ataxia UK and our supporters have hosted.

Would you like to do something similar, or speak to an Ataxia UK staff member to get some more ideas? Just email Mia at or phone on 0207 091 1597

Minds in Movement: Ataxia UK's Online Art Exhibition Fundraiser

Our first online art exhibition fundraiser was a huge success and raised over £3,000! The title and theme of the exhibition - movement  were chosen to shed light on ataxia, a group of neurological conditions that cause problems with balance, co-ordination and speech, disrupting your ability to communicate and control your body.

‘Minds in Movement’ encourages the audience to bear in mind how ataxia affect peoples’ ability to move their bodies and how it affects their lives.  Each piece in the gallery exhibition explores movement and helps you to reflect on the ways we can all move freely and creatively in our minds, if not in body.

We invited numerous artists, including artists who have ataxia and ataxia carers, to contribute art to the fundraiser. Mediums ranged from painting and photography to printmaking and collage. Those who participated, both well-established and non-established artists, include individuals who have exhibited in New York, California, South Africaand multiple London locations.  Some exhibiting artists are represented by London galleries, have works in collections at the New York Public Library and Library of Congress (US) and some are also classically trained painters who have studied at Charles Cecil Atelier (Florence, Italy).

Other artists have worked with Tate Modern, British Vogue, exhibited at Frieze Los Angelses, in the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition and have works that have gone to auction at Christie’s alongside artists such as Grayson Perry and designer Vivienne Westwood. Comedian and patron of Ataxia UK Dom Joly contributed a work to the exhibition!

Valentine's Day Charity Raffle

Hat maker, Roberta Cucuzza and talented embroiderer, Kellye Coffyn produced a fabulous fedora hat for a fabulous cause: raising money for Ataxia UK through a charity raffle! Roberta’s brother has a rare form of ataxia and she has chose to raise funds for Ataxia UK to help fund vital research to find a cure for the condition. Roberta & Kellye made almost £800 and one lucky winner won this beautiful fedora!






Online Cooking Class with The Shaky Chef

Fred Finch aka The Shaky Chef taught an amazing online cookalong class, teaching risotto and brownie recipes. Fred: "I was born with ataxia and Ataxia UK have been a massive help for me when coming to terms with the condition and offering help in lots of aspects of my life. I have always loved to cook and find it gives me a sense of freedom and control which I don't always have in my life due to my ataxia ".

Online Dance Fit Fundraiser

Professional dancer and fitness trainer Sarah Matchett taught our first virtual dance fitness class! Sarah taught fun and easy routines using a range of music, including songs from the musicals, The Greatest Showman and Footloose, and covering exciting styles such as Bollywood and Salsa.


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