27 February 2014
Macmillan research reveals opinions about charity support at weddings
With wedding season on the way, and couples wrestling with vital decisions that could make or break the happy day, Macmillan Cancer Support has commissioned a brand new survey to help couples decide on whether or not to use the day to fundraise for a favourite charity.
The research found that 40% of people think it’s a good idea for a couple to support a cause that means something to them on their wedding day.
The survey also found that almost half (43%) of people think that the best way for a bride and groom to do this is by encouraging guests to donate to their favourite charity in lieu of giving a gift. Nearly a third (29%) felt that buying wedding favours from a charity is also a good way to show allegiance. Over one third (33.7%) of people most like the feel-good factor that supporting a shared cause can create.
The research of 1000 people was commissioned to coincide with the launch of ‘Macmillan Wedding Packages’ which offer a range of ways that happy couples can support the charity to help it fulfil its aim that ‘no one should face cancer alone’:
• Set up a Justgiving page.
• Set up a Tribute Fund to remember a loved one who has experienced cancer, either online or as a collection on the day.
• Create Macmillan invitations or posters.
• Purchase products from a wide and exclusive range of wedding products in the Macmillan online shop including:
Wedding placecard containing 'Love in a Mist' flower seeds for guests to take home and plant. Available in packs of ten for £9.95.
Further survey results suggested the influence that social media now has on wedding guests is rising, with almost a third (30%) dreading being tagged in people’s Facebook photos in unflattering poses. Other fears that people have of weddings include sitting next to someone boring (48%); making a fool of yourself on the dancefloor (28%) or kissing someone inappropriate (10%).
For further information, please contact:
For high res images or case studies of people affected by cancer who have supported or are planning to support Macmillan on their wedding day, please contact:
Katy Chaytor/ Kimi Gill, Fundraising PR at Macmillan Cancer Support
Tel. 020 7840 4903/ 0207 094 2124
Out of hours – 07801 307068
Notes to editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything.
No one should face cancer alone. So when you need someone to turn to, we’re here. Right from the moment you’re diagnosed, through your treatment and beyond, we’re a constant source of support, giving you the energy and inspiration to help you take back control of your life.
For support, information or if you just want to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk