Charity Shop Challenge 2020 in partnership with Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

For this unique volunteer challenge we support business teams to take over the running of a Cancer Focus charity shop for one day, competing against other companies to make the most money for charity.

  • Date:

    03 Apr 2020

  • Time:

    10am - 4pm

  • Location:

    Various charity shops across Northern Ireland

  • Price:


Registrations are now open for the Charity Shops’ Challenge 2020 and we’re delighted to announce that we will be continuing our partnership with Cancer Focus NI which, over the last two years, has raised a staggering £117K for the charity.

The Charity Shops’ Challenge is your perfect opportunity to pit your wits against businesses from across Northern Ireland, and there are plenty of reasons to get involved, for example:

  • Engaging with your local community
  • Bolstering staff wellbeing through active engagement and team building
  • A cost-effective way to develop staff skills
  • Helps raise essential funds for a local charity
  • An excellent PR opportunity through an extensive campaign, led by Business in the Community

“I enjoyed the feeling of doing something positive in the fight against cancer. I got the real sense that any money we raised would be used to help people locally as they deal with the struggles cancer presents.” Karen Dornan, DuPont – 2019 participant



This unique and innovative volunteer event is open to businesses of all sizes with 13 stores taking part in the following locations:

  • Ballyhackamore
  • BallymoneyTAKEN BY DOWDS
  • Derry~Londonderry TAKEN BY ALLSTATE
  • Holywood TAKEN BY POWER NI
  • Lisburn
  • Lisburn Road TAKEN BY B-SECUR
  • NewtownstewartTAKEN BY ALCHEMY TECH

How does it work?

The premise is simple, businesses take over the running of a Cancer Focus NI shop for one day and compete against each other to make the most money for the charity. Teams also participate in fundraising activities in the run up to ‘take over day’, with the overall winner being crowned Challenge Champion.

Shop take-over day will be 3 April 2020. This is the date on which businesses will be in the store.  There’s a little more to the Charity Shop Challenge than that – here are some of the key dates for your diary:

16 January 2020 – Team Leader Briefing event hosted by Cancer Focus NI. This will be a chance to hear directly from staff at Cancer Focus NI and Business in the Community and an opportunity to meet your opposition!  It will also be the launch of PR activities including press shots followed by official press release.

January 2020 – Let the games begin – teams are now free to start fundraising activities.

3 April 2020– Shop Take Over Day

8 May 2020 – The deadline for teams to submit all monies raised and submit applications for the different awards* up for grabs.

22 May 2020 – Celebration event, held at Cancer Focus offices to celebrate the achievements of all teams and announce the winners (we will have an overall winner as well as other categories)

If you are interested in finding out more, we can deliver a presentation to colleagues in your workplace on what the challenge involves. To register your interest in the Shops’ Challenge please complete the expression of interest form below.

For more information, contact Angela McCartney on (028) 9046 0606.

*Award categories include: Challenge Champion, Best Community Collaboration, Best Sustainability Plan, Best Social Media Campaign, High 5 Award, Best Window Display, Best Shop Theme