There are very many awareness days or weeks during March, so have a look through the list and see if any relate to your area of work.  You can piggy-back campaigns on social media to raise awareness of what you’re doing, get hold of infographics an other materials for your own use, and help your volunteers and supports feel part of something bigger.

Whole month of March

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

The earlier a woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the more likely it is that she will respond to treatment. However, most women are diagnosed once the disease has already spread. This Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Target Ovarian Cancer is aiming to make sure that more women are diagnosed earlier. They work to raise the profile of ovarian cancer, spread the word about the symptoms, and train GPs in early diagnosis. Join them this March to raise awareness, raise money and save lives.

Find out more on the Target Ovarian Cancer website.

 Walk all over Cancer Month

Cancer Research UK encourages you to walk 10,000 steps every day in March. It will help you get fit, and you will feel amazing as you step up to raise money for life-saving cancer research. Whether you walk to work, take up jogging, or give the lift a miss, the money you raise will help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
Find out more on the Cancer Research UK website.

Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal

Raising money since 1986, this appeal encourages millions of people across the UK to show their support for the work of Marie Curie Cancer Care by giving a donation to wear a daffodil pin. By collecting or donating, and wearing your daffodil, you are raising money so they can continue their work in caring for more people with a terminal illness, and providing support to their families.

Find out more on the Marie Curie website.


24 Feb – 8 March

Fair Trade Fortnight

Join Fair Trade in their annual fortnight when they bring the fight for change to the masses. They’ll be continuing to focus on cocoa, the special role women farmers play in the journey to living incomes, and sharing new stories and tools to get more people choosing Fairtrade chocolate.

Find out more on the Fair Trade website.

2 – 8 March

Time for a Cuppa – Dementia

Time for a Cuppa is the perfect occasion to get together with colleagues or friends and family over a cuppa and some cake, whilst raising money to help dementia specialist nurses to support more families facing dementia.

Find out more on the Dementia UK website.

Endometriosis Week

This week aims to promote a greater awareness & understanding of endometriosis as a real, debilitating and disabling disease, highlight the consequences of living with endometriosis for the sufferer, carer and all those affected by the disease, create a greater awareness and understanding of endometriosis amongst the medical profession, education sector, employers, politicians and society in general and seek a best practice and consistent care and treatment for everyone wherever they may live.

Find out more on the Endometriosis UK website.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

1.25 million people in the UK are living with an eating disorder right now. But behind every one is a network of loved ones struggling too, estimated to be around 5 million. Beat Eating Disorders is asking every supporter to pull together to help raise the funds they need.

Find out more on the Beat Eating Disorders website.

9 – 13 March

Sport Relief

Sport Relief brings the nation together to raise money through the power of sport. With supporters’ help, they fight inequality wherever they find it to create a better, fairer world – free from poverty. Since 2018, they’ve helped 13m people across the UK and around the world.

Find out more on the Sport Relief website.

23 – 29 March

Debt Awareness Week

Launched by StepChange Debt Charity in 2014, this week is all about encouraging people to act early on problem debt. That could mean getting advice and solutions for an existing debt problem, or it could mean getting hints and tips to deal with early warning signs that a debt problem may be developing, such as only ever making the minimum payment on a credit card, for example.

Find out more on the StepChange website.

29 March – 4 April

Family Safety Week

An annual week-long campaign from family safety charity RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents), highlighting the simple measures families can take to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe from serious accidental injury, and the heartbreak it can cause.

Find out more on the ROSPA website.



1 March

Self-Injury Awareness Day

Raising awareness about self-injury, leading to understanding and empathy, banishing judgement and fear, and reducing the people who feel alone and suffer in silence.

Find out more on the Lifesigns website.

5 March

St Piran’s Day

Celebrate St Piran, the Patron Saint of Cornwall!

See Visit Cornwall’s website for a list of all that’s going on.

Book Aid International – World Book Day

Raise money through dressing up or through a ‘big booky’ story time. Every £2 raised sends another book to someone who would not otherwise have access to books.

See the Book Aid website for details.

University Mental Health Day

Bringing together the university community to make mental health a university-wide priority.

Find out more on the Uni Mental health website.

8 March

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual.  Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

Find out more on the International Women’s Day website.

11 March

National No-Smoking Day

Join the millions of people who have used Smokefree support to help them stop smoking.

Find out more on the NHS Smokefree website.

21 March

International Day of Forests

The 2020 celebration of the International Day of Forests will focus on Forests and Biodiversity. This day is held annually to raise awareness of the importance of forests to people, and their vital role in poverty eradication, environmental sustainability and food security.

Find out more on the International Day of Forests website.

World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

Find out more on the World Down Syndrome Awareness Day website.

Single Parents’ Day

The Gingerbread charity celebrate Single Parents’ Day to bring much needed attention to the efforts and achievements of single parents. There are two million single parents in Britain, and Gingerbread uses Single Parents’ Day to honour their sacrifice and hard work.

Find out more on the Gingerbread website.

25 March

FND Awareness Day

FND are Functional Neurological Disorders, and FND Awareness Day UK is hosted by a collaboration of UK charities who raise awareness of these disorders as they continue their strive to support those diagnosed. These disorders are still poorly cared for, yet symptoms are commonly seen in Neurology clinics. Symptoms affect the motor, movement and sensory functions of the body, and can result in seizures, paralysis, limb weakness, tremors, gait issues and more.

Find out more on the FND Action website.

27 March

Wear a Hat Day

Wear A Hat Day is one of the UK’s biggest and most important brain tumour research fundraising and awareness-raising days.

Find out more on the Brain Tumour Research website.