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Frequently asked questions

From signing up to taking part, we’ve got you covered! You’ll find all your Afternoon Tea questions answered below.

About Afternoon Tea

  • What is Afternoon Tea?

    Afternoon Tea is one of Breast Cancer Now’s longest running and most loved fundraising campaigns. This August, we’re calling on people across the UK to dust off their whisks, stick the kettle on, and hold an Afternoon Tea to raise money for people affected by breast cancer.  

    It could be scones in the sunshine, a picnic in the park, iced buns on your balcony, or tea and biscuits in your town hall. When it comes to Afternoon Tea, you can have your cake and eat it. Whatever you choose to do, we’ll be right there to support you. So, whether you need recipes, fundraising goodies, or fun-filled games to play, we’ll help make your tea happen. 

    Whichever way you take part in Afternoon Tea, the money you raise could give someone with breast cancer much-needed reassurance on our Helpline. Or information they can trust, at one of the most stressful times in their life. It could even help fund our next world-class research breakthrough. Your support has never been more important than right now.   

    Give it a go and sign up for your fundraising kit.

  • Who are Breast Cancer Now?

    Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s largest comprehensive breast cancer charity. Steered by world-class research and powered by life-changing support, Breast Cancer Now are here for anyone affected by breast cancer, the whole way through, providing support for today and hope for the future. 

    To find out more about our work, visit the central Breast Cancer Now website.  

  • How can I sign up?

    Just fill out this quick and easy form, we’ll then send you one of our fantastic fundraising kits full of inspiration and decorations. If you’d prefer to register over the phone, you can always call us on 0333 2070 300. 

  • When is Afternoon Tea month?

    Afternoon Tea month is in sunny August. Think warmer weather, longer days and some long weekends! But if you’d prefer to hold your event in a different month, that’s absolutely fine too.  

    When you’ve set your date, please do pop us an email letting us know. We’d love to wish you the best of luck! 

Fundraising help

  • How do I organise an Afternoon Tea?

    Planning an Afternoon Tea is fun and easy! The first thing you need to do is register.  

    To do this, just fill out this quick and easy form. We’ll then send you one of our fundraising kits full of inspiration and decorations. If you’d prefer to register over the phone, you can always call us on 0333 2070 300 

    Then pop a date in the diary, invite guests and get planning. You could have a small event with your nearest and dearest, or you could invite everyone you know! 

    However you do your tea, the money you raise will help change the lives of people affected by breast cancer.  

  • Do I have to hold my event in August?

    If you’d prefer to hold your event a different month, that’s absolutely fine!  

    When you’ve set your date, please do pop us an email letting us know. We’d love to wish you the best of luck! 

  • How long does it take to receive my fundraising kit?

    Your fundraising kit will be sent 2nd class and can take up to 2 weeks to arrive. If you’re worried you won't receive it in time for your event, please do let us know at afternoontea@breastcancernow.org, and we’ll see what we can do.  

    Whilst you wait, we have lots of wonderful materials available on our website that you can download and print at home. We’re also on hand if you need any inspiration, tips or have any questions.  

  • Can I order extra materials?

    Of course! We have lots of wonderful materials we can send you to help with your fundraising.   

    To order some materials, just head to our extra orders site, select the items you would like, and we'll get them sent out. If you’d like more than 3 of any material (the current maximum), just pop us an email and we’ll see what we can do.  

  • How do I set up a JustGiving page?

    To create your page, just head to JustGiving, click on “start fundraising” and follow the steps.

  • Do you have any recipes?

    We have lots of scrumptious recipes to help you bake a difference! 

    There are some delicious recipes on the website and in the recipe book from supporters and celebrities, including MasterChef winner Jane Devonshire’s apricot and almond cupcakes 

    If you have any homemade recipes you’d like to share, please do let us know by emailing afternoontea@breastcancernow.org 

  • I want to hold a raffle, do you have any tips?

    Organising a raffle really is a piece of cake. We’ve put together a handy blog that's full of tips to follow when organising a raffle. For instance, did you know that you can only sell raffle tickets at the location of and during your event? So, make sure you take a peek.  

    If you have any questions at all, do get in touch at afternoontea@breastcancernow.org or 0333 2070 300. 

  • What is Gift Aid?

    Gift Aid is a brilliant way of increasing the value of your donation at no cost to yourself. 

    Anyone who is a UK income taxpayer can reclaim the basic rate of tax on their donation, which means that for every £1 donated, Breast Cancer Now will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that you have given. 

    It doesn’t cost you a penny more and the additional support will help to fund Breast Cancer Now’s vital work; making a difference to the lives of even more people affected by breast cancer. 

    So please pop your Gift Aid form with your collection box and remember to encourage everyone at your Afternoon Tea event to add their name, home address, postcode and donation amount and date.

    To qualify for Gift Aid, you must be a UK tax payer and pay an amount of Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax each tax year (6 April – 5 April) at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities you donate to will reclaim on your gifts for that tax year. Other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. 

    If you are the Afternoon Tea organiser, please note that HMRC do not allow Gift Aid claims of one total amount that you have collected in and added to the form. Please encourage anyone who has donated to your collection to add their details to the Gift Aid form for the individual amount they donated. 

    To find out more about Gift Aid, visit the Gov UK website.

    You can let us know at any time whether you are eligible for Gift Aid or not by getting in touch with our Supporter Care Team: email at hello@breastcancernow.org or by phoning 0333 20 70 300. 

  • What is matched funding?

    Many companies will support their employees’ charity of choice by offering to match the funds raised. Please ask your employer as it’s a fantastic way to boost your fundraising efforts and helps Breast Cancer Now fund even more research and support!

Paying-in help

  • How can I pay in the money I raised for Afternoon Tea?

    Here are 3 ways to pay in your fantastic fundraising:  

    By card: Pay in online or call 0333 20 70 300 to pay in over the phone. 

    Send a cheque: Make your cheque payable to “Breast Cancer Now”. Put it in the envelope in your fundraising kit, or send to Freepost AFTERNOON TEA (no other address lines required). Please mention Afternoon Tea and include your contact details, along with your paying in slip.

    At the bank: Take your cash and cheques to the bank along with the paying-in slip from your fundraising kit. We recommend Barclays, but other banks should accept these too. Please be aware that these won’t be accepted at the Post Office.

  • I've lost my paying-in slip, can I get another one?

    Of course, that’s not a problem. If you lose yours or need another, simply call 0333 20 70 300 and we’ll send you a replacement. 

    You can also pay in your fundraising amount online. 

  • Will I get a certificate that I can display?

    Of course! Once you’ve paid in your fundraising, we’ll send you a thank you letter and certificate in the post that you can display.  

    If you have any questions about the certificate, or if you’d like a digital copy, please do get in touch with the tea-loving team at afternoontea@breastcancernow.org or call us 0333 20 70 300. 

  • I can't hold my own Afternoon Tea. Can I just make a donation?

    We’re sorry to hear you can’t hold an Afternoon Tea this year and it’s extremely kind of you to want to make a personal donation. Your generous support means so much to us.  

    You can make your donation using our online form.  

  • Where do Afternoon Tea donations go?

    Every 10 minutes, someone in the UK hears the words “you have breast cancer. Your Afternoon Tea donation could help us be there for them, every step of the way. 

    Whether that’s offering our free and trusted health information. Giving someone much-needed reassurance on our Helpline. Or funding cutting-edge research projects led by the brightest minds in breast cancer research – we’re dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by breast cancer, now and for generations to come. 

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