Fundraising How-To: Hosting a Pub Party

Looking for a way to support all those affected by blood cancer? Why not host an event at your local pub this summertime? Find out everything you need to know in our fundraising blog.

Did you know: 77% of pubs in the UK were involved in fundraising in 2017?

Pubs are a great place to gather supporters together and raise money for your favourite charity. Last year, the Elberton Inn in Plymouth raised over £3,500 for Leukaemia Care through holding a ‘party in the pub’ event. Could you do the same?

Within the last year, Leukaemia Care has raised over £7,000 through pub events. It’s a sure-fire way to raise vital funds for blood cancer patients, and has the added benefit of bringing your community together for a great cause.

So, if you’d like to host an event in your local for Leukaemia Care, then read on…

There are a variety of events you could organise in your local pub, including:

  • Live music
  • A BBQ
  • Raffle
  • Auction
  • A bouncy castle
  • Pub quiz
  • Children’s disco
  • Sweepstakes

The opportunities are endless!

So, you might be asking yourself, where do I begin?

Finding your venue

The first port of call is picking your pub of choice. It always helps if you know the owners or if it is your local. But don’t fret if not, because you can always go and ask the landlord or manager. Most pubs are more than happy to hold fundraisers as they know it brings the local community to them. Everyone is a winner!

I would also aim to pick a pub that is child and dog friendly. During the summer months, people will want to bring their families and pets along to events. Looking out for a good beer garden in the pub is also vital, as outdoor space is necessary if you are thinking of doing a BBQ or bouncy castle for kids.


Now, a lot of the pub events that our supporters hold may go on into the evening. We suggest that if families and children attend that they can stay for the daytime celebrations but that evening occasions could just be for adults.

Events on the day

In terms of the day’s proceedings, you can work with the pub on what they are able to provide. Some will provide more resources than others, but it is always a good idea to sit down and discuss what type of event you want it to be and what will be available to you. Our Fundraising Team can provide you with custom banners, balloons and collection boxes for the big day.

How will I get anyone to come?

When it comes to advertising your event, social media is your best friend. You can tweet, post on Facebook, or even Instagram your event. Don’t forget to follow us on our social media accounts for support too:


Twitter: @LeukaemiaCareUK

Instagram: @leukaemiacareuk

We can share, like and retweet posts that you put up personally. You can also request for some branded posters to be made to put up in your chosen pub and in the community.

If you fancy making a big deal out of your event, you can let everyone know why you are putting your event on by telling us your story and we can put out a press release for you in your local area.

How can I get my local community involved?

To bring people into your pub party, you could think about putting on some raffles or auctions. We can help you with this by supplying you with a letter of authority. This allows you to approach local businesses legitimately to ask for prizes to be donated to your event.

You could also theme the event. For example, we have Blood Cancer Awareness Month in September. We encourage people in this month to hold ‘spotty’ events as part of our Spot Leukaemia campaign. The aim of the campaign is to promote the signs and symptoms of leukaemia. This could be a fun way to get people involved in a specific event for leukaemia.

So, take that first step and next time you’re in your local, why not speak to the landlord and ask if they would be willing to hold your event? You can raise thousands for blood cancer patients and bring your community together this summer.


If you’re already planning a fundraising event or would like to know more about how to set up a Pub Party, then get in touch with our Fundraising Team on 01905 755977 or email

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