Hosting your Coffee Morning

  • How do I host a Coffee Morning?

    You can hold your Coffee Morning however you like, so start by deciding where you want to host. It could be at home, in your workplace, school or a local community venue, whatever suits you best.

    Next, choose a date and time and invite your guests. The official date of Coffee Morning this year is Friday 27 September, but you can host your event at any time.

    After you sign up, we’ll send you your free fundraising kit and personal fundraising page details. Each kit includes recipes, a collection box, event posters and a game for your event! You can choose from the complete full kit with bunting, balloons and a tablecloth, or our lighter kit with less paper and no plastic.

    For more guidance, visit our How to host page.

  • What date is Macmillan's Coffee Morning this year?
    The official date for Coffee Morning 2024 is Friday 27 September, but you can host your event whenever suits you best.
  • What happens at a Macmillan Coffee Morning?

    Coffee Morning is about coming together with your friends, family, colleagues and community. It's a chance to share food and drink, and maybe a game or two, all whilst raising money for people living with cancer.

    Some people choose to get together for a coffee break, while others might organise a kitchen disco or a chai afternoon. You can hold a garden party or throw a barbeque, do a bake off with your colleagues, share a takeaway with friends or hold a cake-away on your driveway!

    Whatever you choose to do, you will be changing the lives of people living with cancer by raising money for Macmillan.

  • How do I invite people to my Coffee Morning?

    There are many ways to invite your guests, here are a few ideas to get you started:

    • Set up a Facebook event.
    • Put up our event poster and send out invitations. Visit our fundraising resources page to view our Coffee Morning themed ones. You'll also find these in your fundraising kit.
    • Set up a WhatsApp or Facebook group.
    • Send an email to your colleagues, customers and clients.

    You can share your personal Coffee Morning fundraising page at the same time - it's a great way for people to donate if they can't come along on the day.

  • How do I attend as a guest?

    Look out for public Coffee Mornings being promoted in your local area and on social media. If someone's put up a poster, they definitely want to see you there. So go along, have fun and help your host raise as much money as possible to support people living with cancer.

    There are lots of ways to donate to a Coffee Morning. All our hosts will have an online Coffee Morning fundraising page and a QR code that you can scan to make a donation at the event using your mobile phone. You can also text to donate or make sure you have some money ready to pop in a donation box.

    If you can’t find an event, why not host your own? It's a great way to get people together and we’ll send you everything you need in our free fundraising kit.

  • Can I host a Coffee Morning in another country?

    Of course! Please note we can’t send postal kits overseas. However, you can find lots of fundraising resources that are free to download on our website to help with your planning and fundraising.

  • I want to cancel my Coffee Morning registration.

    If you wish to cancel your Coffee Morning registration, please send an email to explaining that you would like to cancel, including the address that you registered with.

    If you can’t host a Coffee Morning yourself this year, you can make a donation to Coffee Morning on our website or attend one in your local area instead. Look out for posters advertising public ones and on local social media pages.

Fundraising kit

  • When do I need to order my Coffee Morning fundraising kit by?

    Once you have signed up to hold a Coffee Morning, we’ll send you your fundraising kit. You can host your event whenever suits you, but it can take up to 14 days from registration for your kit to arrive, so make sure you order it in time.

    If you sign up very close to your event date, you can find lots of online resources on our website to help with your planning and fundraising.

  • Is my fundraising kit recyclable? 

    We’ve worked really hard to make sure that our kit is as responsible to the environment as possible.

    We’re proud to say that all the items in this kit are printed on sustainable materials. Items (including our table cloth) are made from 100% recycled materials and can be widely recycled depending on your local authority services. The balloons are 100% biodegradable too.

    When you sign up, we’ll give you the option to choose our full kit with bunting, balloons and a tablecloth, or our lighter kit with less paper and no plastic.

  • How do I order extra items and kits?

    Download fundraising resources for your Coffee Morning to help promote your event and use on the day.

    There is also a great range of Coffee Morning products in the Macmillan online shop. And you can order a limited number of extra kit items if you need them.

    If you are organising multiple Coffee Mornings, and need more than one kit, please send an email to with the details of your events and what you require.

  • Where can I find extra posters and invitations?

    You can download extra posters and invitations from our fundraising resources page. You can also find a range of other downloads, everything from DIY bunting to "Coffee Morning this way" signs.

  • What Coffee Morning items can I get in the Macmillan online shop?

    We have all the essentials to make hosting a piece of cake. There are Coffee Morning aprons, mugs, napkins, decorations and much more. Visit the Macmillan online shop to check it out for yourself.

  • What is the difference between the full fundraising kit and the lite kit?

    The full kit is our complete package, including:

    • bunting
    • balloons
    • a tablecloth
    • cake flags.

    Our lite kit has less paper and no plastic, but still includes:

    • collection box
    • event posters
    • invites
    • fundraising games
    • cake labels
    • Gift Aid form.

    If you have hosted before and still have your decorations, you might want the lite kit. If it’s your first time hosting, you may prefer the full kit.

    You can choose which one you’d like to receive when you sign up.

Ways to raise money

  • How can I raise money at my Coffee Morning?

    Once you sign up, we'll send you your free fundraising kit which is full of ideas to help make your event a success. We've also included a fundraising game and a Gift Aid sheet in your kit to help you raise even more money at your Coffee Morning.

    We will also send you a link to your own online Coffee Morning fundraising page. Personalise your page, then share it to spread the word far and wide.

    You can also use the QR code stickers in your pack for people to scan and donate to your Coffee Morning on the day. Your QR code will also be emailed to you, so you will be able to share that too.

    Don’t be afraid to think outside the box! There are tons of other ideas to help you to raise a little extra money at your event. Why not get your guests involved with a fun sweepstake? For example, how many hundreds and thousands are on the cake?

    You could ask your guests to make a donation when they guess. If you need a little more inspiration, you can find tips, recipes and ideas in your fundraising kit and on our website too.

  • I set up a Coffee Morning fundraiser on Facebook but didn't get my pack.

    Macmillan are unable to automatically send fundraising packs to Facebook supporters due to data protection policy regulations.

    In order to receive your kit, please sign up on our website.

  • How do I use my online Coffee Morning fundraising page?

    Once you’ve registered to host a Coffee Morning, a fundraising page will automatically be set up for you, so you can start fundraising straight away. The URL for your fundraising page can be found in your registration email.

    If you’d like to personalise your page, you can add a photo, a fundraising target and update your bio with more details about your event. You can do this quickly and easily by creating an account. The link to personalise your page will also be in your registration e-mail.

    Download our handy guide to using your Coffee Morning fundraising page.

    If you can’t find the link to your page, please send an email to - the team will help you sort it.

  • I am not hosting but want to fundraise.

    Why not put up your QR sticker in a communal space or a window at home. This will encourage people to donate with their phone and let your friends and family know that you’re still fundraising.

    You can also make a personal donation towards Coffee Morning on our website.

  • My company wants to match the money I have raised.

    Matched funding is where a company offers to give a certain amount of money to your fundraising efforts. This can either ‘match’ the amount that you’re able to raise or a fixed amount agreed up front.

    See our matched giving form.

    There are several benefits for companies, including helping them achieve their Corporate Social Responsibility targets and potentially reducing the amount of corporate tax they pay.

Promoting your event

  • How can I promote my event?

    You can download posters and promotional materials to put up at your work, in shops, your community or anywhere else from our fundraising resources page.

    Why not set up a Facebook event and a WhatsApp group to tell people about your Coffee Morning? Or send an email to your colleagues, customers and clients if you are hosting in the workplace.

Paying in your money

  • How do I pay in the money I've raised?

    You can pay in your Coffee Morning money:

    • Online
    • Over the phone at 0330 102 7890
    • At a branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest, or Ulster Bank, using your unique paying-in (bank giro credit) slip included in your fundraising kit
    • At any Post Office branch by taking in your money along with your unique paying-in (bank giro credit) slip from your Coffee Morning kit.
  • How do you receive the donations given on my fundraising page?

    Donations received through your Coffee Morning fundraising page are automatically sent to us. PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay etc may be subject to charges.

    Everything you need to know about using your fundraising page can be found in our fundraising page guide.

  • Do I have to pay in my money at a specific bank?

    We ask our supporters to pay their money into a branch of Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest or Ulster Bank. Other banks might charge a processing fee and using them means that we won't be able to trace the payment to you and send you your well-deserved thank you and personalised certificate.

    You can also pay in at any Post Office branch.

  • Where do I send my Gift Aid form and my cheque to?

    Please use the freepost envelope in your fundraising kit to send us your cheques and Gift Aid form, once it’s filled in with all the details.

    Cheques should be made payable to Macmillan Cancer Support (please do not send cash) and don’t forget to include your name and address so we can make sure the money goes to your Coffee Morning total.

    If you do not have your freepost envelope, please send your cheques and Gift Aid forms to:

    Freepost RTLS-JTZR-RYAZ
    Macmillan Coffee Morning
    PO BOX 4240
    RG42 9QL

  • I've lost my unique paying-in slip.

    Your unique paying-in (bank giro credit) slips are attached to the letter in your fundraising kit. If you are unable to find yours, you can order a replacement on our website.

  • How can I make a Coffee Morning payment from overseas?

    If you are abroad but have a bank card registered in the UK, you can still make a card payment on the Coffee Morning website.

    If you don’t have a bank card registered in the UK, don’t worry – it’s still possible to pay in the money you have raised or make a personal donation.

    You can:

Ways to donate

  • Can I ask my guests to donate by text?

    If your guests would like to donate by text, they can use the generic donate code found on the money box in your fundraising pack. However, we are unable to allocate money donated by text to your Coffee Morning total and your guests cannot choose the amount they would like to donate.

    We suggest you encourage guests to use your QR codes from your fundraising pack instead. That way, your guests can donate directly to you, and they can choose the amount they would like to donate.

  • What is a QR code?

    We want to make donating as accessible and easy as possible, so we’re including QR code stickers in your pack. A QR code is just like a bar code.

    Your phone is able to scan this code (using your camera) which provides a link to take guests to your fundraising page to make a donation without needing cash.

    Details about how to use a QR code can be found in our fundraising page guide.

  • What is Gift Aid?

    Gift Aid is a Government scheme that enables charities to reclaim the Income and/or Capital Gains Tax that supporters have already paid. To allow us to claim this back, you must be a UK taxpayer and have paid sufficient Income and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover the amount of all Gift Aid donations made for that tax year.

    Donors who have not been charged sufficient tax to cover the Income Tax deducted from their Gift Aid donations are responsible for paying any difference.

    Gift Aid can increase your guests’ donations by 25p for every £1 without costing them another penny!

    Macmillan is able to reclaim tax on voluntary donations made by your guests once they have:

    • made an individual donation
    • filled in all the columns on your Gift Aid form
    • ticked the Gift Aid box.

    Please note, we can’t make claim if any of these steps have been missed.

    Only personal donations are eligible for Gift Aid. If you’re paying in a collection, if you’ve made a purchase or if you’ve had a chance to win a prize, this amount is not eligible for Gift Aid.

    Please note that Gift Aid does not apply to non-UK taxpayers, Isle of Man and Channel Island residents.

Allergens and food regulations

  • What food regulations do I need to follow for my Coffee Morning? What do I need to know about allergens?
    • Members of the public are not subject to the food standards regulations or the UK Food Information Amendment, also known as Natasha's law (even if products were to be wrapped in cling film etc).
    • Where a school or organisation is "hosting" the Coffee Morning and inviting the public to donate goods, again they would not be subject to this regulation.
    • If a school or organisation is a registered food business and supplies their own products they would be subject to the regulation (as for any products they produce).

    It is considered best practice to list allergens where possible, but as above not a legal requirement for the public.

    For more information please visit the Food Standards Agency (FSA) website.


  • What is a Coffee Morning?

    Macmillan Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest annual fundraiser.

    Coffee Morning is about coming together with your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, and even new people to share food and drink, and maybe a game or two, all whilst raising money for people living with cancer.

    A Coffee Morning can be whatever you want it to be. Whatever you choose to do will change the lives of people living with cancer by raising money for Macmillan.

  • Who are the headline partners for Coffee Morning this year?

    Marks & Spencer have played a massive part of Coffee Morning history. Since partnering with Macmillan in 2010, colleagues and customers have raised over £26 million for Macmillan Cancer Support.

    We are pleased to announce that M&S Café are our headline partner for 2024. Join in Coffee Morning celebrations at over 300 M&S Café’s across the UK.

    They are once again generously donating 5p for every cake and coffee sold throughout September, including their famous Magic Coffee®.

  • How can I contact the Coffee Morning team?

    If you can't find the answer to your question, give us a call on 0330 102 7810 or email

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