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Mind's Big Brunch

Host a Big Brunch this March to raise money for Mind. Gather family and friends, eat, drink, chat and put a smile on someone's face. 

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When
01 March 2024

Until
31 March 2024

Registration deadline
31 March 2024

What is Mind's Big Brunch?

Host your own Big Brunch this March at home or in your community to fundraise for Mind. Gather your friends and family, catch up and create memories. From juice to flat whites, avo on toast to pancakes, brunch with friends makes life feel better. 

Raise money online or on the day and know that every pound raised will help us make life better for anyone experiencing mental health problems. And we’ve got lots of exciting fundraising games and tips to get you started. Check out our fundraising resources here and get them in your free hosting pack.  

There's no minimum fundraising amount so sign up for your free hosting pack now and have fun!  

I want to host a Big Brunch

How to take part

  1. Complete the registration form to sign up for Mind’s Big Brunch and receive your free hosting pack. 
  2. Set your date in March and invite your guests using our handy invitations. 
  3. Create your fundraising page on JustGiving. You’ll find lots of games and fundraising tips in your hosting pack.  
  4. Plan your menu. Eggs and avocado, a buffet, the choice is yours. You could even asks guests to bring a dish to share.
  5. Have fun, create memories and make life better for people living with mental health problems. 

How do I fundraise?  

There are lots of different ways to raise money at your Big Brunch.

Donations on the door. Ask your guests to donate to join the fun. We’d suggest £10 as this pays the cost of 1 call to Mind’s Infoline, where people can speak to a trained expert. This service is vital for people to be able to speak with a real person who can offer information and support.  

Organise a raffle. Contact local shops and businesses and ask them to donate prizes. People are often happy to help. Get in touch for an official letter to share with companies if you’d like one. 

Plan a quiz. Personalising questions will go down a treat alongside a few simple prizes for the winner.  

Play some games. How about guessing the number of blueberries in a bowl or the secret ingredient in that smoothie. Or plan a sweepstake using our game sheet.

However you do it, the money you raise will help make life better for people living with mental health problems. 

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How does my fundraising make a difference?

1 in 4 people experience mental health problems but most of us don’t get the help we need. This has to change. That’s why we need brilliant people like you on Team Mind, raising money to help make it happen. And your Big Brunch can make a big difference.  

£10 can pay for 1 enquiry to our Infoline, helping people find out more about everything from mental health problems to treatment options. This could be lifechanging for someone reaching out for help for the first time. The money you raise will go towards supporting people like Jasmine. Jasmine shares how Mind has supported both her and her mother with their mental health. 

Games, a raffle, a donation to join the party, let your guests know their donations will make life better for people living with mental health problems. 

Read Jasmine's story

Download your resources

To help make your event the best it can be, we have lots of handy resources to help you promote your Big Brunch and raise money. 

Your impact

Find out how your fundraising changes the lives of people with mental health problems.

Impact leaflet

Invitations

Print more and share your invitations with friends and family and invite them to your Big Brunch.

Digital invitations

Social media 

Use these graphics to promote your event on social media or to friends and family on WhatsApp. 

Social media graphics

Mind's Nojito mocktail

Zesty, vibrant and delightfully refreshing!                                            

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Cherry Scones

Elevate your Big Brunch with our easy-to-follow recipe.                             

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Mind bunting 

Host in style! Deck out your Big Brunch with our Mind bunting. Simply print the template, cut it out and hang it up wherever you're hosting.      

Mind bunting

Sweepstake sheet

Boost your fundraising with a sweepstake. Ask guests for a small donation to join in. The winner keeps half the money and the rest goes to Mind.

Sweepstake sheet

The event

Mind won't be hosting the Big Brunch in a physical location. Instead, we’re asking supporters to host their own Big Brunch during March in the comfort of their own home with family and friends or in their local community. 

Your hosting pack will include:  

  1. Welcome letter with tips and ideas for your fundraising
  2. Impact leaflet to share with guests and let them know how their donations make life better for people with mental health problems
  3. Big Brunch poster to display on the day  
  4. 4 Big Brunch invitations to share with guests  
  5. Collection box for donations 

It's up to you! Get your Chef hat on and prep a classic brunch such as avo and eggs or keep things simple with a cold finger buffet. If prepping food for a lot of people isn’t your thing, ask friends to bring their favourite dish to share. The choice is yours. Just make sure to ask about dietary requirements.  

A meal with friends and family can be a great way to connect, socialise and create memories. Connecting with others can help us have a greater sense of belonging and reduce feelings of loneliness. But we know there are lots of people who struggle with their relationship with food and a brunch might trigger some difficult feelings.

We have lots of information about eating problems on our website. Explore our information to find out more, including possible causes and treatments, and ways to take care of yourself.   

Choose a menu and time suits that you best. This could be a classic brunch with pancakes at 11am, a lunchtime buffet or coffee and cake in the afternoon. The important thing is creating memories with family and friends while raising money to make life better for people with mental health problems.  

We know how hard the cost of living crisis is for everyone. Not everyone is in a position to host a Big Brunch and that's not a problem. Only do as much as you can.

If you feel able to keep supporting, it’s never been more important. It will help us as we do even more to support people with mental health problems.

Why not team up with some foodie friends and share the load. You could even ask guests to bring a dish or bake some treats to share.  

That's ok, there are lots of places you could host. Why not check out a local community cafe or hall and ask if you could host your brunch there. Or you could bring your colleagues together for some team bonding by hosting your brunch at work.  

Please allow 7 – 10 days from the date you registered for your hosting pack to arrive. If it’s been longer than this, drop us an email on [email protected] and we’ll organise a replacement.  

Fundraising

Head over to JustGiving to set up your page. You’ll be asked to create an account or log in if you already have one. We’d recommend personalising your page by adding a picture and a story telling everyone why mental health means so much to you. Adding a story means you could raise 65% more too!  

Bonus tip: check out JustGiving’s new AI Story Enhancer, helping you to write your fundraising story in seconds!   

You find lots more JustGiving tips here 

We can’t accept cash in the post but there are a few different options for paying in cash or cheque:  

Pay the sum to your JustGiving page. If you choose this option and you're a UK taxpayer, make sure you untick the Gift Aid box. Gift Aid can only be claimed when a person is making their own donation, not on behalf of someone else or a group.   

Call our Supporter Relations team on 020 8215 2243 from 9-5pm, Monday to Friday, to make a card payment. Please note that we don't accept AMEX. 

Send us a cheque, payable to Mind. Include a note to tell us your name and contact details, and that you took part in Mind’s Big Brunch. Post your cheque to:  

Freepost RTUG-HBJJ-RZLT
Mind Community and Events team
2 Redman Place
London
E20 1LQ 

You can find other ways to pay in your fundraising here. 

It’s free to sign up to Mind’s Big Brunch. You can request your free hosting pack in the post when you sign up. 

Mind is there to make sure everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect. We make sure we spend the money you raise where it's most needed. This might be supporting minds by offering vital support and information through our Infoline and online information or changing minds by campaigning to make mental health a priority across England and Wales.  
 
Find out more about how we raise and spend our money. 

There is a small processing fee when using fundraising platforms like JustGiving. The fee will depend on your payment method. You can read more about JustGiving’s payment processing fee here. Using platforms like JustGiving allows us to offer a trusted method for everyone to fundraise and collect Gift Aid where applicable. 

There’s no minimum fundraising target. All we ask is that you can raise as much as you can. Every penny you raise helps us to make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.

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