FAQ’s

About The Big Get Together
About MY Big Get Together
About Hospices
Money Matters

About The Big Get Together

What is The Big Get Together?
It is a campaign organised by hospices, for hospices, inviting people to host a night in – or another type of get together – to raise funds for local hospice care.

When is it taking place?
Most Big Get Togethers will take place between July and November with many events during the week of 9-15 October to coincide with Hospice Care Week, the annual fundraising and awareness week for hospices across the UK. However we understand that you might have a special date in mind if you are holding your Get Together in celebration of a loved one.

About MY Big Get Together

Can I choose what I want to do?
Of course! Check out our Ideas and Inspiration page for lots of suggestions and Big Get Together ideas.

Do I have to hold my Big Get Together at my home?
If you would rather hold a Bigger Get Together at an external venue in aid of your local hospice, then that is fine, please let your chosen hospice know your plans.

What help/support will I get?
When you sign up you will receive a pack full of ideas, together with your Big Get Together money box for donations from your guests. You can also take a look at our Ideas and Inspiration page to help you organise your perfect Big Get Together. There you will find resources you can download including templates for invitations, posters and bunting. You’ll also have the support of your local hospice; just let them know what you plan to do!

How do I invite my guests?
Use our Big Get Together invitation to invite your friends and family along via email; or alternatively you can print off the invitations and post them.

How much should I suggest people donate to attend my event?
It’s up to you, you could suggest a donation of £10 – £50 depending on what you do for your Get Together, or even more if your guests are very generous! Have a look at the ‘How Your Money Helps’ page for your chosen hospice to help you decide what your suggested donation might be

How will the money raised at my Big Get Together help?
The funds you raise will make a big difference to your local hospice – from paying for one of the hospice’s community nurses to visit a patient in their own home to a stay of a few days at the hospice for respite care or symptom management, your support really will help. Have a look at the ‘How Your Money Helps’ page for your chosen hospice [links to find your local hospice] to see the different care services your support will help to provide.

About Hospices

What is a hospice?
Hospices aim to help people with advanced progressive life-limiting illnesses experience the best quality of life in the time that remains to them: care is offered free of charge and for as long as it’s required – be that a couple of days or many months.
Hospices also support the patient’s family, providing practical, spiritual and emotional support during their loved one’s illness and after their death.
For more information on what hospices do, click here

Can I choose more than one hospice?
Unfortunately, it’s not possible to split the funds between two hospices at this stage –but if you would like to support more than one hospice, why not hold two Big Get Togethers and have twice as much fun.

Money Matters

How do I pay in the money raised?
When you’ve signed up to hold your Big Get Together, your chosen hospice will let you know how they prefer the money you raise to be paid in, whether it’s via bank transfer, JustGiving, or over the telephone using your credit or debit card. You can find your chosen hospice’s contact details here

How much should I suggest people donate to attend my Get Together?
It’s up to you, you could suggest a donation of £10 – £50 depending on what you do for your Get Together, or even more if your guests are very generous! Have a look at the ‘How Your Money Helps’ page for your chosen hospice to help you decide what your suggested donation might be

How can I raise more money than just suggest an entry donation?
There are all sorts of fun things you can do – from holding a simple ticket raffle, to a Skills Auction, or games where you have to pay a forfeit if you lose – check out our Ideas and Inspiration page for more details.

My question isn’t listed; who can I contact?
If you haven’t found all the answers you were looking for here, please contact your local participating hospice that can help you. Find your local hospice contact details here.