Help, ideas needed for charity coffee morning


I'm hosting a coffee morning next week for Macmillan cancer support and trying to find ways of making as much money as possible. There will be around 20 people coming along and I plan to make lots of different cakes etc, but want to do other things which could raise extra money.
I'm going to make extra cakes and biscuits to sell (any ideas on alternatives to buying cake boxes?) and thought about doing a raffle, but apart from that stuck...any ideas would be much appreciated.



  • rainmac
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    You could raffle a hamper of goodies.

    Do you have any local businesses that you could ask for a donation e.g. - florist, pub, hairdressers etc and you could raffle the items or auction them.

    How about 'guess how many xxx in a jar' - could be pennies, buttons, chocolates etc

    For packaging cakes, could you not just use cling film or cellophane bags?

    Good luck, hope you make lots of money for Macmillan x
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  • Chocolate fountain? I'm sure someone will have one lying around they could lend you. Smartprice Chocs, Marshmallows and some fruit. Aldi have strawberries on offer at the mo'. Oops just reread that, I thought you said 200 people coming!
    Think it might be hard to do.... everyone will have a limit of what they can spend before they come. Other options are to as Hairdressers, Manicurists etc to donate a prize, and do a silent auction for the items. everyone can get something they want, for a good price for the charity. Good luck.

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  • I held a coffee and cake afternoon earlier this year, i went to all the local shops & businesses and gave them a letter with what and why i was fundraising, some gave me prizes on the spot some i had to call back later but i was amazed at how generous they were. I got prizes ranging from an expensive bottle of champagne, cut & blow drys, manicures, vouchers for meals, massages, even hire of a bouncy castle for the day! In total i got £750 for the raffle alone and almost another £1,000 in donations (my daughter's company "matched" amount with £500) it did take a bit of organization but be aware you can't sell raffle tickets away from the event unless you have the charity number. (Fortunately my husband works for a printers and they did them free of charge, but books of general tickets can only be sold on the day/ in the house and not to the public) people generously brought cakes and donated money to buy others.
    I know this is probably too late to do all this before your event but worth thinking about for next time 😊.
    I decided to do the Macmillan coffee morning last week and just asked people to bring a cake and plenty of money & I bought a small prize (new, from charity shop) to give to best bake 😋
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