Partying with kindness. CCGG2017 #3

Blogmas on the CancerCarerChats blog is a daily charitable christmas gift guide with a twist - each post will feature an idea for a charitable act.  Christmas is a time for giving whether it be for someone you know or for a stranger.  Take the time at this time of the year to do a good deed, just one small act can help someone who is less fortunate than you are.  
As a reminder, my mum was diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer in March 2017 when I started this blog to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of ovarian cancer and my life as a carer.  I care for my mum, trying to ease some of the load on her and walk by her side on this journey.  It’s just as hard to watch someone you love go through pain, than to experience it yourself.

Christmas is the season to par-tay!!  Indulge in merriment, food, drinks, laughter and joy.  A time to celebrate and bring friends together.  For the inaugral blogpost on ideas for charitable gifts and donations to do during Christmas, why not use the party occasion to raise some money for a charity of your choice.  The perfect way to mix people, partying and a practical charitable gift.  Here are some ways to add fund raising into your parties.

Set up a Just Giving page and circulate it with the invitations.  Ask people to donate as opposed to bringing a bottle, for which as the host, I'm sure you'll have plenty of on hand anyway.

  • Every party needs some form of entertainment, on Christmas day, my family and I love to play bingo.  We 'pay' £1 per bingo card and play for the winnings.  Why not buy a small gift for the winner and donate the takings?  Or instead of bingo, do a Christmas quiz or charades. 
  • Do "Guess the...." games such as "Guess how many sweeties in a jar" or "Guess the baby photo"
  • Another favourite with my family is karaoke.  Whip out the karaoke and charge guests per song.  It's addictive!
  • Macmillan and Ovacome have a great event fund raising pack available on their website whichis worth a read hen organising your party for ideas.  
Party drinks
Pre warn guests that there will be a small charge for alcoholic drinks - though soft drinks and first alcoholic drinks are free - all proceeds going to charity.

Film night
Host a film night with a Christmas movies marathon and charge for popcorn and soft drinks.

Rich man poor man meal
Organise a simple Christmas party meal with a difference – a small number of randomly chosen people get an upgrade from a simple lunch to a sit down meal. Ask everyone to pay a flat rate before eating and help to demonstrate inequality in the world today.

Finally, have donation boxes strategically placed around the house at different spots inviting donations. 

I'd love to hear of any ideas you may have or have done and if you give your Christmas party a charitable twist.  I wish you lots of successful and hope you raise lots of money for your chosen charity and have a super great time.

Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
T – Toilet habit changes
E – Energy levels dropping
A – Abdominal pain/ swelling
L – Loss of appetite



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