Back in 2019, Nova Mullin took on a mighty challenge and climbed Kilimanjaro in aid of Prevent Breast Cancer, raising over £4000 for our vital research. 2 years on, and Nova is back at it again, thinking of wonderful ways to fundraise for our charity despite being in lockdown. Together with friend, Sarah May [pictured above] they cooked up a storm.
Why are you raising funds for Prevent Breast Cancer?
This month marks the “anniversary” of my surprise diagnosis of breast cancer. 7 years ago, I began my journey under the amazing care of the breast cancer team at Wythenshawe Hospital. Whilst I hope to never need the services of the great team ever again, one of course can never be so sure. As a little thank you, and to support Prevent Breast Cancer’s work into stopping 1 in 9 women developing this disease, we decided to do a fun Friday night fundraiser.
What was your fun way to fundraise?
Myself and my friend Sarah May cooked up an Indian Feast for local friends to have a Take Away from the comfort of their own homes during lockdown.
We cooked up a big batch of food, took pre-orders from our nearest and dearest, and then they came to collect their meals (at a safe distance) on a Friday night to enjoy from their homes.
On our menu we had:
- Indian Fragrant Salad
- Chicken Madras
- Paneer Saag
- Sri Lankan coconut Dhal
- Pilau Rice
- Homemade Sourdough Naan bread – thanks to Louise Bartlett!
- And a delicious Orange and Almond Cake for dessert.
Initially, we priced the takeaway at £15pp, this was exceptionally good value. On our second fundraiser we decided to ask for donations and left it up to our friends to decide. We were both delighted to raise £605.
100% of the profits were donated to Prevent Breast Cancer.
What tips do you have for anyone that is inspired to take on this fundraiser?
- Make it a team effort – Inspire a few friends who enjoy cooking to get involved and cook whatever they love.
- Spread out the workload between you.
- Don’t use expensive ingredients, we both decided to pay for the food so we could maximise our fundraising total.
- We cooked for 27 friends, this is an ideal and manageable number if you’ve got a good team of chefs!
- Have fun! All our friends were so grateful to have home cooked food made for them.
- It doesn’t have to be Indian. Other ideas we thought of was a Moroccan Menu, Afternoon Tea and an Italian theme.
We hope this blog has inspired you to think of your very own fun fundraiser – or even give this one a go! If you would like any support, feel free to get in touch by emailing email@example.com