About Pawsome Afternoon Tea

Our Pawsome 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.

This April, join together with animal lovers all over the UK and invite your nearest and dearest to your own Pawsome 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 Pawsome HQ on 01825 741 980 or at events@cats.org.uk


Getting started

When is the Pawsome Afternoon Tea?

We’re gearing up for the greatest afternoon tea throughout April but if you can’t make this month then you’re free to hold your event on a day that suits you better.

Who is it for?

Pawsome Afternoon Tea is all in aid of Cats Protection. Ask your Pawsome 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.

How will my money help?

The money you raise will help thousands of cats and kittens have a chance of health and happiness.

£5 could supply 10 days' worth of specialist milk to hand-feed an orphaned kitten

£10 could pay for bedding and a safe place to sleep for a traumatised cat or kitten

£100 could feed five cats in our care until they are ready to go their new home

£150 could provide a full health-check for a cat including blood tests, neutering, microchipping and inoculations

Is there a registration fee or minimum sponsorship?

No, the Pawsome 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.

I live abroad but would love to host a Pawsome Afternoon Tea! Can I take part?

Of course, that would be paw-some! Unfortunately we won’t be able to post a pack to foreign addresses, but if you sign up you can download everything you need. Just so you know, Pawsome Afternoon Tea is all in aid of Cats Protection and we only operate in the UK.

Any tips for raising money at my Pawsome Afternoon Tea?

Get as many people involved as you can, every bite and every bit of money raised all adds up!

Make sure your Pawsome guests know how to donate, pass your collection jar around and if your guests have no cash, no problem! Set up your own online fundraising page and even a text to donate code and they can donate in a few simple steps

Sign up your guests to our Give the Cat a Home game to top up your tasty treats

Can my cat join in?

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.

Sending in your money

How do I send in the money I raised at my Pawsome-Afternoon Tea?

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%!

  • Online
    • Set up an online fundraising page, click here
    • Count up your donations and deposit these in your own account
    • Pay in the total amount using your credit or debit card
  • Post
    • Count up your donations and deposit these in your own account
    • Write a cheque made payable to Cats Protection for the total amount
    • Send your cheque and completed donation form back to us using the Freepost envelope from your pack or to: Freepost RTJK-TJKK-GREZ, Pawsome HQ, National Cat Centre, Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath, RH17 7TT
  • Phone
    • Count up your donations and deposit these in your own account
    • Phone 0800 917 2287
    • Pay the total amount with your credit or debit card
  • Visit your local Cats Protection shop or adoption centre
    • Find your nearest here
    • Fill in the donation form from your pack and hand this in with your donations

When should I send in the money I've raised?

Ideally as soon after your event as possible but whenever you can.

Can I Gift Aid all the money I raise?

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 Pawsome 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.

I can't host a Pawsome Afternoon Tea, can I still make a donation?

Yes of course, you can make a donation to help cats and kittens here.

Health and Safety

Catering advice

  • 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.
  • Plan ahead – if you can, prepare food in advance and freeze it. This should make things easier later but do ensure it is properly defrosted when you serve it
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or using hand sanitisers if hand washing facilities are not available
  • Always wash fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Keep raw and ready-to-eat foods apart
  • Do not use food past its ‘use by’ date
  • Keep food out of the fridge for the shortest time possible
  • Always read any cooking instructions and make sure food is properly cooked before you serve it. Even if people are waiting to eat, don't reduce cooking times
  • Ensure that food preparation areas are suitably cleaned and sanitised after use and wash any equipment you are using in hot soapy water

At home, people making cakes should follow these general tips:

  • always wash your hands before preparing food
  • make sure that surfaces, bowls, utensils, and any other equipment is clean
  • don't use raw eggs in anything that won't be thoroughly cooked, such as icing or mousse
  • keep cheesecakes and any cakes or desserts containing fresh cream in the fridge
  • store cakes in a clean, sealable container, away from raw foods

On the day, people bringing in cakes from home or running the stall should follow these tips:

  • transport cakes in a clean, sealable container
  • make sure that cheesecake and any cakes or desserts containing fresh cream are left out of the fridge for the shortest time possible, ideally not longer than four hours
  • when handling cakes, use tongs or a cake slice instead of hands

Spreading the word

See what we’ve got in the oven at:

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Can’t host your own? Make a donation instead!