Everyone loves a raffle, it’s a big crowd pleaser and creates a real buzz on the day!

It’s a great way to boost your fundraising total and raise the vital money we need to support people affected by breast cancer. We promise that the planning is a piece of cake.

Three steps to hosting a raffle

1. Start planning early on

Having a raffle at your Afternoon Tea is a great activity that everyone can get involved with on the day, but it’s important you plan ahead so on the big day, you can sit back and relax.

Think about how much you want to charge per raffle ticket, how many prizes you want and make sure you have raffle tickets to use on the day.

2. Think about prizes

Although it’s the taking part that counts, everyone loves to win! There’s lots of amazing prizes you could offer, like a homemade cake, an Afternoon Tea hamper or even a voucher to a local tea room.

Some top tips:

  • The more you have, the more people can win!
  • Make sure people know when the draw is
  • Don’t be afraid to ask people to donate raffle prizes
  • Chat to other hosts in the Afternoon Tea group

Lots of our wonderful supporters approach local businesses and ask if they can donate raffle prizes, and they always say everyone is so generous and happy to help with their fundraising if they can.

In your fantastic fundraising kit, we’ve included a letter confirming you’re raising money in aid of Breast Cancer Now to show to businesses when asking for raffle prizes. If you’ve misplaced the letter, just pop us an email and we can organise a new one for you.

3. Keep it legal  

Did you know you can only sell raffle tickets at the location of and during your event? So unfortunately you can’t sell any tickets before your tea unless you have a license.

If you want to sell tickets ahead of your event, find out more about the rules you need to follow by heading over to the Gambling Commission's guidance.

Top tips from other fundraisers

Rosemary from Folkestone: ‘Ask everyone who's coming to bring a raffle prize and a friend with them. It bulks up the prize table and boosts numbers’.

Mairead from Sawbridgeworth: ‘Doing a raffle raised loads of money. Reaching out to local restaurants/hotels to see if they can help with donations is a great way of getting prizes’.

Frances from Merseyside: ‘Contact local shops, salons, restaurants for vouchers for your raffle. The more prizes you have, the more tickets are sold, and more people win’.

Ruth from Worcestershire: ‘Always ask the Afternoon Tea team if you are unsure of anything’.


By taking part in Afternoon Tea you’ll be helping to change the future of breast cancer, and we can’t thank you enough. 

If you have any questions at all, please get in touch – we’d be happy to help! You can pop us an email at afternoontea@breastcancernow.org or call us on 0333 20 70 300.

Your Afternoon Tea Team,

Georgie & Ailish


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