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Time for a Cuppa frequently asked questions

What is Time for a Cuppa? 

Time for a Cuppa is Dementia UK’s annual tea party fundraising event. It is the perfect occasion to get together with friends and family over a cuppa and some cake, while raising money to help more families receive the life-changing support of dementia specialist Admiral Nurses.  

Things might look a bit different this year – but making Time for a Cuppa has never been so important. Whether it’s tea at the table, from a few metres away or a promise to meet up in the future, let the people you care about know you want to have a cuppa with them.  

How can I host my event during the pandemic? 

How you choose to host your event this year will be subject to the government guidelines for your area at the time of your event. Depending on the guidelines, you could set up a cake stall outside your home, take orders for your bakes and arrange delivery or collection, or host a socially distanced event in your garden with friends and neighbours.  It doesn’t even need to involve tea and cake – you could have a picnic with Prosecco, a bacon butties stall or a BBQ for your street. 

Or, if restrictions allow, you could hold a classic Time for a Cuppa tea party round the table at home, work or in your community.  

We’ll send you lots of ideas for your event in your fundraising pack and by email in the lead up to Time for a Cuppa week. Or, you might have some tea-riffic ideas of your own! All we ask is that you follow any government guidelines for your local area at the time of your event.  

When can I hold my Time for a Cuppa? 

Time for a Cuppa week is 1st-8th May 2021, but you can hold your event on any day – in any month – that suits you.

How do I invite people to my Time for a Cuppa? 

There are lots of ways you can spread the word about your event. You can use the invitations and poster in your fundraising pack (extra copies are available to download here). You can text, WhatsApp or email all your friends and family. There’s a social media invite available to download for Twitter or Facebook/ Instagram which you can use when posting about your event on social media.

If your event is open to the public, you can use our press release template to send to your local media. We’ve also created some posters you can put up in your area to direct people to your event.

How do I raise money at my event? 

The simplest way to raise much needed funds is to ask for donations for your cuppas and cakes. You can either set prices or you can ask guests to donate an amount of their choice. Letting your guests choose might seem risky, but you’ll be amazed how generous people can be when they know it’s for a good cause.

There are lots of other ways you can raise extra funds at your event. Raffles always go down well and previous hosts have told us they’re a great way to raise lots of money. If you’d like to organise a raffle, we’ve included a letter of authority in your pack that you can use to source prizes from local businesses. You could also organise some tea party games your guests can donate to play (we have some you can download). Or, have a stall to sell things such as homemade crafts or second hand items.

How can I collect donations online? 

If you would prefer to avoid handling cash at your event, you can set up a Facebook Fundraiser or JustGiving page so people can donate online. All these donations will come directly to us, so you won’t need to do anything.

You can set up your Facebook Fundraiser here or JustGiving page here.

If you set up an online fundraising page, we recommend sharing it with friends and family who can’t come to your event, as they may still be happy to make a donation to support your amazing work.

Can my guests Gift Aid their donations? 

You can either price up your bakes or you can let guests donate an amount of their choice. If you would like us to be able to claim Gift Aid on donations collected at your event, your guests must be free to give a donation amount of their choice as we cannot claim Gift Aid on direct proceeds of a sale.

There is a Gift Aid form in your fundraising pack and you can download extras here. Your guests will need to complete every column on the form in their own handwriting and tick to confirm that they want to Gift Aid their donation.

We can’t claim Gift Aid on donations from raffles, auctions, entry fees, ticket sales or competitions.

What difference will I make?  

The money you raise will help even more families receive the life-changing emotional and practical support of dementia specialist Admiral Nurses.

Big or small, every Time for a Cuppa can make a huge difference to families facing dementia.

  • £55 could pay for the telephone costs of 20 families calling our free Dementia Helpline, whenever they need support
  • £230 could pay for a brand new nurse for a whole day, offering life-changing support to families facing dementia
  • £515 could pay for two Admiral Nurses to answer calls on our Dementia Helpline, all day on a Sunday, when families have nowhere else to turn to

How do I pay in the money I raise? 

There are lots of ways you can pay in the money you raised – click here to find out how. The sooner you send in your donations, the sooner we can put them to work helping families facing dementia.

Any money you raise online (such as on a Facebook Fundraiser or JustGiving page) will be sent to us directly so you don’t need to do anything.

When will I receive my fundraising pack? 

Your fundraising pack will be sent second class and can take up to 10 working days to arrive. If you need your pack sooner, please get in touch by emailing timeforacuppa@dementiauk.org or calling 020 8036 5380.

If your pack hasn’t arrived after 10 working days, please get in touch so we can send a replacement out.

Can I get any extra fundraising materials? 

There are extra fundraising materials available to download here. If there’s anything else you need, please get in touch and we’ll see if we can help – email timeforacuppa@dementiauk.org or call 020 8036 5380.

If you have any other questions about Time for a Cuppa or would like to talk about your event, please get in touch – we’d be delighted to hear from you! Call the Time for a Cuppa Tea(m) on 020 8036 5380 or email us at timeforacuppa@dementiauk.org

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Time for a Cuppa

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How to pay in your fundraising

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