Step into summer with a BBQ for Breast Cancer Now. Soak up the sun and hold a BBQ fundraiser with friends and family – now we can meet safely again, it’s the perfect antidote to a year of being apart.

Take part in a Summer BBQ

Top tips for hosting a BBQ

Here are some top tips on how to get together and have a great day raising money for people affected by breast cancer.

Before you pick a date make sure you do this first:

  • Time - give yourself around 4-8 weeks before the BBQ so your guests can save the date as well as giving you a chance to organise everything.
     
  • Venue - where will you be meeting up? Your garden? A friend’s garden? Maybe even a park (just check with your local authority beforehand) – pick your place and make sure it’s all ready to go for the day.

When you’ve picked your time and place, here’s what to do next:

  • Send out your invites - now we can meet up safely once more it's up to you how many you have round. Keep it small with a few people, or go big and invite your friends and family. Whatever you choose, just make sure you’re still within government guidelines.
     
  • Ask for an optional donation on entry - this really couldn’t be easier, just make a JustGiving page for the day, and people can donate there, contact free. The money comes straight to us, too. Click here to read our handy guide on how to set one up. 
     
  • Shout about it - make sure to talk up your BBQ on social media. Share your JustGiving page and tell everyone why you’re raising money for Breast Cancer Now. If you really wanted to go the extra mile, you could create a Facebook event to promote it, too.
     
  • Food and drink - if you’re the one with the license to grill for the day, don’t forget to pick up all your ingredients ahead of time. It’s always a good idea to ask everyone about any dietary or allergy requirements beforehand, too. Click here for some information about good food hygiene while you’re cooking up a storm.

Then when the big day is here and you’ve got the grill fired up, here’s what to do next:

  • Decorate - talk to us and we can send you a fundraising pack filled with bunting, posters and more to make your space look the part. And if you want something extra – like banners and balloons – just get in touch at community@breastcancernow.org, and we’ll send them your way.
     
  • Give your funds a boost with a raffle - this is a great way to drum up a few more donations. Talk to local businesses and see if any can donate a prize to raffle off. Just make sure you follow these rules when you’re holding your raffle.
     
  • Face painting, games and more – keep the kids smiling with some face painting on the day, or break out the garden games like boules or rounders for everyone too – and ask people taking part if they'd like to donate. Read our sports day ideas.
  • Theme it - make your BBQ stand out with a theme. Keep things rose-tinted with a pink theme, or bring a taste of the tropics home with a holiday-at home-theme. If you really wanted to push the boat out, you could even talk to neighbours and see about having a street party too!

But above all else, have fun and don’t forget to take lots of photos and videos throughout the day! You’re all going to make a huge difference for people affected by breast cancer – thank you.

Before you get started

Make sure to read the legal information on fundraisers, it contains lots of important information you’ll need to know before you set out on making your event a reality.

And don’t forget to keep up with the latest government guidelines on COVID-19. Always make sure that your plans keep within the latest rules.

Remember you can always get in touch with us at community@breastcancernow.org if you want to talk about your plans. 

Got a plan in place or looking for more inspiration? Request our fundraising pack today to get started!

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