Host a Tea for Tom
Join Tom’s Trust in hosting your very own Tea for Tom to raise vital funds for children with brain tumours and their families across the UK. We’re asking our supporters to host a tea party for friends and family. Whether you would prefer a fun and relaxed get together, a Mad Hatter’s tea party or a more formal occasion similar to tea at the Ritz, we’d love for you to join in and make the event your own. You can host at home, in a garden or park, at an office or place of work, at school during lunch, or for bigger Tea for Tom parties, why not hire out a venue?
Guests then pay a donation to enjoy the event, however much they can spare. This money will go straight to crucial psychological care for families with a child who has a brain tumour.
When is Tea for Tom?
The official date for Tea for Tom is Sunday 27th June 2021, which marks ten years since Tom’s Trust was founded by Debs and Andrew after they lost their nine-year-old son Tom to a brain tumour in 2010. Tea for Tom’s official date is also on what would have been Tom’s 20th birthday.
Of course, you can host your very own Tea for Tom at any other time of year if you can’t join us on Tom’s birthday itself.
Being mindful of COVID
Even if you’re still shielding, or your family is far away, you could host a Tea for Tom virtually. Your family and friends could join you on a fun video call and buy their own tea and treats ahead of the event for you all to share together. Or, you could put together some special food bags or hampers and drop them off on your loved ones’ doorsteps.
Restrictions are due to lift on Monday 21st June, which means you should be able to have as many people as you like at your Tea for Tom party. It may be the first time seeing all your loved ones in one room in over a year!
You can always host your party while maintaining social distancing; we recommend adhering to government guidelines of two metres with anyone outside your household.
I’m in! What do I need to do?
- Sign up: Sign up to host a Tea for Tom event using our registration form and we’ll send you a free party pack which will provide you with recipes, activities, decorations and fundraising tips to help you host your event.
- Spread the word: Choose a date and time for your event and a location or join us on Tom’s birthday. Then call, email, text or drop invitations to your friends letting them know about your Tea for Tom party.
- Enjoy the party: Sit back, relax, and watch the donations roll in as you enjoy the fruits of your labour (or should we say cakes of your labour!) You can either collect up donations from your event and donate directly to our webpage (link), or you can set up your own fundraising page ahead of the day (try using JustGiving or Virgin Money). You’ll just need to send the page link to your guests and ask them to donate.
Have cash ready
If you’re attending a Tea for Tom and haven’t donated in advance, don’t forget to take some ready money so that you can share in their support for Tom’s Trust.
Post to social media
Make sure to follow Tom’s Trust on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to get all the latest news on Tea for Tom. We’d be thrilled if you could post photographs of your Tea for Tom party to social media, using the hashtag #teafortom and tagging us. We want to see lots of lovely selfies!
Cake cake cake
Make sure to have enough cake for everyone. Why not try some of our recipes in our Tea for Tom pack? Sign up today and you’ll get a free Tea for Tom party pack via email.
Get creative to win a big prize
Cambridge-based artist, Sue Rapley, has donated her beautiful painting ‘This Seasonal Rhythm’ – worth £1,500 – to be gifted to the most unique Tea for Tom!
Where your money goes
Your generous donations will go towards funding Tom’s Trust’s expert psychological support for children with brain tumours and their families in the UK, including at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle, and through a multi-disciplinary service at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
Our psychologists provide mental health support to the whole family when a child is treated for a brain tumour. We provide support from diagnosis all the way through to rehabilitation, recovery or bereavement. We couldn’t do what we do without our generous fundraisers and we’d like to thank you for your support in signing up for Tea for Tom.
If you have a question, or need more support in hosting a Tea for Tom party, then please email email@example.com