Our Paw-some Afternoon Tea is a great excuse to get together with your friends, family, colleagues and school mates, to indulge in some tasty treats all to raise money for the thousands of unwanted cats and kittens in Cats Protection’s care.
On Friday 26 May, join together with animal lovers all over the UK and invite your nearest and dearest to your own paw-some afternoon tea.
You can whip up a storm in the kitchen or if baking isn’t your thing then there is no harm in popping to the shops. If you fancy a calm cuppa with a few friends or a full-on festival with bunting, tea cups and cakes galore, your afternoon tea style is up to you – just ask your guests to donate a few pounds for their tasty treats all in aid of Cats Protection.
There are some FAQs below but if you have any other questions you can get in touch with us at Paw-some HQ on 01825 741 910 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re gearing up for the greatest afternoon tea on Friday 26 May but if you can’t do this date then you’re free to hold your event on a day that suits you better.
Paw-some Afternoon Tea is all in aid of Cats Protection. Ask your paw-some guests to make a donation, raise as much as you can and send it in to us to help unwanted cats and kittens in the UK. You can find out more about Cats Protection and what we do here.
The money you raise will help thousands of cats and kittens have a chance of health and happiness.
No, the Paw-some Afternoon Tea is free to take part in. But we need you to raise as much as you can on the day so you can help care for as many cats and kittens as possible.
Of course, that would be paw-some! Unfortunately we won’t be able to post a pack to foreign addresses, but you can download everything you need here. Just so you know, Paw-some Afternoon Tea is all in aid of Cats Protection and we only operate in the UK.
Cats have very specific dietary needs that are entirely different to humans. Feeding cats human food can cause them serious health problems. Many people are not aware that most cats are lactose-intolerant meaning that if they have milk, cream or other dairy products they often end up with an upset tummy. So when you are baking up a storm, please consider your cat’s dietary needs and don’t feed them human foods. If you do fancy giving your cat a treat, take a look at our video for making meaty biscuit treats.
While you may be a social butterfly, cats usually prefer the solitary life so if you are holding an afternoon tea in your home, make sure that your cat/s has somewhere calm and quiet they can retire to, after all, cats need their cat naps! And if you are going all out with some dapper décor, ensure that it is well out of reach of any curious cats.
We have several ways to send in your hard-earned donations . Don’t forget if your guests have filled out their details on your Gift Aid form, please send this back to us using the Freepost envelope in your pack – it means all their donations will be worth an extra 25%!
Ideally as soon after your event as possible but whenever you can. Don’t forget that the three fundraisers who have raised the most money by the end of June will win an exclusive ticket for themselves and a friend to our National Cat Awards kindly sponsored by PURINA® on 3 August at the Savoy in London (terms and conditions apply).
You can’t claim Gift Aid on donations made in return for goods, rights or services. So you can’t claim Gift Aid if you have charged your guests a fee to join you at your paw-some tea or if you have a suggested donation for your treats.
Gift Aid can only be claimed on gifts of money from individuals where no reward is received in return for making a donation.
If the donation amounts for the whole form are all the same (eg £1.50) they may be considered payments for goods received or competition entries and therefore not eligible.
Yes of course, you can make a donation to help cats and kittens here.
Make sure you know the ingredients of the food you’re offering and ensure your guests tell you if they have any allergies. Common allergens are: gluten, shellfish, eggs, fish, peanuts, milk, nuts, soya, sesame seeds, celery, mustard, lupin, sulphur dioxide and sulphites. Consider labelling foods which contain any of these items – there are some labels included in your pack to get you started. It is highly unlikely but if one of your guests does have a reaction then call 999 immediately. For more information visit www.food.gov.uk
If you have children joining you, make sure they are supervised at all times, particularly if they are helping in the kitchen or using scissors to make some of our craft ideas.
If you are holding a large event, you may want to consider a risk assessment to make sure you’ve got everything in place so your party goes smoothly on the day. You can download a risk assessment template here.
At home, people making cakes should follow these general tips:
On the day, people bringing in cakes from home or running the stall should follow these tips:
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We’ll be running some paw-some competitions as we head towards 26 May so join in and share your creations with #pawsometea
Can’t host your own? Make a donation instead!