The recipe for Time for a Cuppa fundraising success

The recipe for Time for a Cuppa fundraising success

Time for a Cuppa is not only about getting together with colleagues, neighbours, friends and family over a cuppa and some cake, but also raising money for families affected by dementia. Big or small, every tea party can help dementia specialist nurses to support even more families facing dementia.

£50 could pay for the telephone costs of 20 families calling our free Helpline whenever they need support.

£110 could pay for a brand new nurse for four hours, reaching families facing dementia who currently have no other support network.

£280 could fund two Admiral Nurses to answer calls for an evening on our Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline, when other sources of support have closed for the night.

I loved spending time eating cake with family, friends and neighbours, and raised lots of money for this truly deserving cause at the same time.

– 2019 Time for a Cuppa host

Raising money through cuppas and cakes

Firstly, decide your pricing strategy. You can either set prices for your bakes and brews, such as 50p for a cupcake, £1 for a slice of cake – or even more if they’re homemade!

Or, you can ask your guests to donate what they think each cake is worth, or make a donation to cover unlimited treats and cuppas. It might seem risky, but you’ll be amazed how generous people can be. If you’re planning to ask your guests to Gift Aid their donations, they will need to donate an amount of their choice.

Home baked cakes sell much better than shop brought. Get your friends involved and ask them to bake for you.

– 2019 Time for a Cuppa host

Extra fundraising activities

There are lots of other ways you can raise even more at your event. When we asked last year’s hosts, they told us that holding a raffle was the best way to give their fundraising a big boost. If you’d like to organise a raffle at your event, get in touch so we can send you our raffle guide and a letter of authority to help you source prizes from local businesses.

I always do a raffle with donated prizes to raise extra money on the day.

– 2019 Time for a Cuppa host

You could also put on some tea party games your guests can play for a donation. There are games in your fundraising pack and more available to download here, including tea party bingo and a guess the weight sweeps-cake.

Some of our Time for a Cuppa hosts are creative and have a stall at their event to sell their homemade creations, such as knitted toys, jewellery or mosaics. If you’re not crafty, ask your friends and family if they have any secret talents!

To encourage generous donations, plan a time to say a few words about why you’re fundraising for Dementia UK and how your guests’ support will make a difference to families facing dementia.

At the end of your event

Get some bags or napkins so you can wrap up any leftovers for your guests to take home in exchange for a donation, or sell them to your neighbours.

Sell remaining cakes to family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. I made an additional £60+ doing this!

– 2019 Time for a Cuppa host

Ask your employer if they offer match funding – this could up to double your total!

We want every family who needs a dementia specialist Admiral Nurse to have access to one. By holding a Time for a Cuppa you can help to achieve this goal – thank you.

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