SSAFA - The Big Brew Up

22-28 June 2015

The Big Brew Up

Put the kettle on from 22-28 June to make a big difference to the lives of our Forces and their families.

The Big Brew Up is SSAFA's biggest fundraising event of the year — and it’s really easy to take part! We’re asking you, wherever you are in the world, to hold a tea party to raise money for SSAFA and our Forces. In 2014 you raised over £100,000 for our Forces and their families – thank you so much!

How to take part

Instructions for your Big Brew Up

  1. Before your event: Invite

    Download, print and send out our Big Brew Up invitations to let your family, friends and colleagues know about your tea party. To get the word out to even more people why not stick up some posters where everyone can see? Once you’ve let everyone know, it’s time to start flipping through those recipe books!

  2. During your event: Fundraise

    The Big Brew Up is all about asking for a donation to SSAFA for tea and cake. Don’t forget to get your Gift Aid declaration forms signed to raise 25% more in donations. Make your party extra special by putting up our lovely bunting and decorating all those tasty treats with some cake flags. Plus our games are a great way to get everyone involved and raise even more cash!

  3. After your event: Shout about it

    Count up your donations and then pay your money in using the unique number that the Big Brew Up team will send to you. Use our press release template to tell your local paper why you’ve raised money for SSAFA. Finally head to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #SSAFABBU2015 to share stories and photos about your party.


Your downloads

Here are a few resources to help you start your tea party planning. Sign up for your Big Brew Up now and we’ll send you everything you need to make your tea party special, including our ‘How to’ guide.

Why Brew Up?

Meet our Big Brew Up Ambassadors

“SSAFA reached out and gave our family genuine care and support. Your Big Brew Up will make sure that SSAFA can help more Forces families like ours.”

When Corporal Harvey Holmes was killed serving in Afghanistan, his mum Beverley and sister Elizabeth were devastated. SSAFA believes that no Forces family should feel alone – so our Bereaved Families Support Group introduced them to others who understood how they felt. Now Beverley and Elizabeth are holding a special Big Brew Up in their community to raise money for SSAFA and say thank you.

SSAFA provides practical, emotional and financial support to anyone who is serving or has ever served and their families. Read more about SSAFA’s work.

Sign up for the Big Brew Up

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  1. Need to order a Big Brew Up pack?

    Everything you need for your event is available to download and print from our website. This helps us to save costs so that more of your money goes to help our Forces family. However if you need a printed pack let us know below.

    The pack contains your event guide, A3 and A4 Posters, event invites, flat pack collection tins, balloons, feedback form, paying in slip and Gift Aid form.

Thank you for signing up to hold a Big Brew Up.

We’re delighted that you’re taking part in the Big Brew Up. Your event will fund our vital work supporting our Forces and their families in your local community and around the world.

To find out why our work is so important, watch our short ‘SSAFA in three words’ video.

Get started!

You can download posters, invites, decorations, games and more from the resources section. If you requested a printed pack then you should receive it within 3 weeks.

Got a question?

Drop our Big Brew Up team a line at

Pay your money in

Send us your money

We’re delighted that you’re taking part in the Big Brew Up. Your event will fund our vital work supporting our Forces and their families in your local community and around the world.

Paying in your money couldn’t be easier. When you receive your unique paying in number from the Big Brew Up team, choose one of the following options.

Pay online

Use our secure paying in page on the SSAFA website.

Pay by cheque

Send your cheque (payable to SSAFA) to:

The Big Brew Up,
SSAFA, Queen Elizabeth House,
4 St Dunstan’s Hill,
London, EC3R 8AD.

Pay by bank deposit

Visit your local Natwest or Royal Bank of Scotland with the Paying in Slip in your pack. If you can not find your slip please email

Pay locally

If you are raising money for your Branch or Service committee, please pay your money to your Treasurer.

However you send your money in, please don’t forget to return your feedback form to us. Hearing about your event helps us make the Big Brew Up bigger and better every year.

Feel free to contact us if you’re not sure about paying in.