This is your guide to the exciting events happening for Macmillan Coffee Morning around Liverpool. Find out where we are hosting our events, what other local business are hosting and how to get involved in all the action!
Also find a step by step guide to hosting your own event and some easy fundraising tips and ideas.
Macmillan coffee morning near me in Liverpool 2018
Here are some of the events happening this year around Liverpool on Saturday 28th September…
Adams + Russell
We are thrilled to say that we’re hosting a coffee morning this year. Expect delicious coffee and a selection of tasty cakes.
10am – 12pm
Argyle Industrial Estate, 8 Appin Rd, Birkenhead CH41 9HH
Enjoy games, fundraising activities and even a bake-off style competition!
10am – 2pm
Baltic Creative C I C, 49 Jamaica Street, Liverpool, L1 0AH
An all-day event that is hosted every year. Welcome to all friends, family, colleagues, clients and learners.
10am – 5pm
Michael John Academy, 42-44 Renshaw Street, Liverpool, L1 4EF
Expect some delicious home baked goods if you decide to join Sensor City’s staff, tenants and collaborative community at their Macmillan event.
11am – 2pm
Sensor City, 31 Russell Street, Liverpool, L3 5LJ
This event will be hosting a bake-off competition with prizes and special guest judges.
11am – 2pm
St. Catherines Health Centre, Church Road, Birkenhead, CH42 0LQ
Speakeasy Tattoo Parlour
Bring along your friends, family and even pets. Anyone that buys cake is entitled to £10 off their next booking.
10am – 2pm
Speakeasy Tattoo Parlour, 62 Wallasey Road, Wallasey, CH44 2AE
Described as a Macmillan Coffee Day Extravaganza, this is ideal for those looking for a lively event. You are welcome to bring your own cakes and enjoy them at the venue.
10am – 11pm
Foghertys Bar And Function Rooms, 1 Blenheim Road, Mossley Hill, Liverpool, L18 1EH
How to organise a Macmillan coffee morning
Hosting a coffee morning requires organisation and teamwork. But, where do you start with the organisation and how can you get others to help?
Here are the steps you should follow to host a brilliant morning (with some tips you may not have thought about!) …
1. Order a Macmillan coffee morning kit
First things first, order your kit here.
This includes everything you need to make your coffee morning special, including table cloths, bunting, posters, helpful guides and plenty of other decorations.
2. Choose the venue for your event
One of the most important parts, choosing a suitable venue. Here are some ideas for venues:
- Your local coffee shop
- A community centre or town hall
- A function room
- Your workplace or office
- Your home or garden
- A local park
If you’re unsure as to whether a local business would want to host your coffee morning, just ask! There are plenty of venues and businesses that would be more than happy to aid in your charitable event.
3. Spread the word
The more people that attend your event, the more money you can raise for Macmillan. Use social media to your advantage by creating events, getting friends to share and posting in local groups to get the news out.
You can also use this e-invite template to easily email all your friends and family.
Also, don’t forget to use the posters in your coffee morning kit. Ask your local businesses if you can display them in the window, you’ll be surprised at how many will be happy to help broadcast your event.
4. Assign roles and get others to help
It’s too big a task to organise on your own which is why we recommend asking others to help.
If everyone has a small job, then organising is much quicker and simpler!
Some roles you may want to assign people to include:
- Sending out invitations
- Finding the venue
- Organising what food and drink everyone can bring
- Organising games/ activities for the day
- Being in charge of the donations and Gift Aid
- Who’s going to help clean up after
Use this handy tick list to make sure you’ve covered all bases.
5. Find your baking inspiration and get creating
From easy little chocolate pots to extravagant meringue kisses, there are plenty of ideas on the Macmillan baking inspiration page.
One of the best parts of the coffee morning is that you can really bring anything you like! No food or drink treat is off limits, sweet or savoury.
If cake isn’t your thing, why not try a delicious quiche or some tasty vegetable samosas?
Or if your attendees can’t find the time to bake, shop bought goods are just as sweet.
6. Prep your venue the day before
If possible, prepping your venue the day before saves a lot of stress from the day of your coffee morning.
If you’re hosting at your own home, this should be easy. However, if you’re hosting at a hired venue, this may be a little more difficult.
Make sure to ask with plenty of notice as to whether you can visit the night before to prep. Put up decorations, set out tables, make the room look welcoming so it is ready for the plethora of cakes and treats the following day!
7. Enjoy the day and have fun at your event
With the weeks of preparation and organisation, it’s easy to forget to have fun and enjoy yourself! After all that baking and work, make sure to enjoy your event as much as everyone else is.
The day might fly by but take a moment to relax with your friends and a big slice of cake.
Take plenty of photos so you remember the day and can share the special moments on social media.
8. Thank everyone for coming and celebrate your fundraising success
Make sure to thank everyone for attending and contributing to the event.
However much you raised, celebrate this and congratulate everyone who helped organise. It is such a rewarding event to host and is a great way to bring friends and family closer.
9. Pay in the donations to Macmillan
Of course, don’t forget to pay in the donations soon after the event. There are a few ways you can do this:
- Pay online through the easy application process
- Pay over the phone
- Pay by post by sending a cheque
- Pay at the bank
Take a look at the pay in guide for more details.
Macmillan coffee morning fundraising ideas and tips
Want to make the most out of your morning fundraising? Here are some clever tips for hosting a fun day and getting some generous donations…
Don’t forget to Gift Aid all your donations
Gift Aid is a government scheme that allows charities to gain more through the donations being tax-effective.
In simple terms, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs will add 25p to every £1.
For example, a £15 donation would be worth £18.75 to Macmillan, or £40 would be worth £50. Just print out copies of this form and ask guests to fill it out when they donate.
Provide delicious tea and coffee
With all those cakes and snacks, you’ll need plenty of tea and coffee to wash it all down!
Buy fresh coffee beans online so you can provide your guests with a delicious drink. Stock up on syrups, various milks and other sweeteners so you can create your own little coffee shop.
Ask for a couple of pounds a cup and you’ll be well on your way to fundraising success!
Create some competition with fun games and friendly rivalry
There are plenty of games and competitions you can host at your event to have some fun and increase the donations. Here are a few ideas to get you started…
- Fill a jar with coffee beans and ask guests to guess the amount, asking for £1 per entry
- Host a cake competition where guests enter their creations for a small fee and hand out prizes for ‘most creative cupcakes’ or ‘best presentation’.
- Organise a scavenger hunt where parents can pay a £1 for their children to participate.
- Add a theme to the event and allow guests to enter into a fancy dress competition.
For more inspiration, take a look at these simple fundraising ideas