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Let’s Raise a Mug for Mermaids!

We’re asking you and your colleagues to grab a cuppa, enjoy a slice of cake, and Raise a Mug for Mermaids. 

If your organisation is dedicated to promoting inclusion, Raise a Mug for Mermaids is an easy, fun way to start positive conversations about gender diversity in your workplace. 

Get together with colleagues to share some cake, have a cuppa, and raise vital funds to help transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse children be themselves and thrive.

Every pound raised will ensure we can continue to reduce loneliness, provide support, and advocate for young people and their families.

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How to throw a rainbow tea party


Sign up to receive your own Raise a Mug for Mermaids fundraising pack.

Pick a date and ask colleagues to bring in tea and cake.

Decorate your office with our banners and posters.

Enjoy a great tea party.

Pay in your donation using your unique QR code and change lives for trans youth.


If you have any questions about Raise a Mug, see our FAQs below. Have a question that’s not covered? Our fundraising team is happy to help. Please email [email protected].

How your money makes an impact


£5 could help to cover the cost of a young person’s travel expenses to attend a Mermaids’ residential weekend.

£10 could pay for an hour of a trained Helpline Support Officer being on the end of the phone to a young person in need.

£50 could help to cover the cost of training to healthcare professionals to better support a young person.

£100 could pay for the hire of a local venue and for Mermaids to be able to provide a safe and welcoming space for trans young people and families.

£500 could pay for the cost of a Helpline Support Officer for a week to ensure young trans people have someone to speak to if they need support.

When you Raise a Mug, what will you say?


We’d love for you to start a conversation about gender diversity in your workplace this Trans Awareness Week. If you’re unsure what to say, we can help! Here are a handful of resources to get you started.

Mermaids’ glossary

TransActual’s facts about trans lives and trans rights

Warwick’s Trans and Queer learning circle

Mermaids x Instagram allyship guide

The best bakes

Use #RaiseAMugForMermaids when you post your cake creations on social media!


  • Who can take part?

    Raise a Mug for Mermaids is designed as a workplace fundraiser. However, you are more than welcome to host your own event at home with family and friends, at school or college, or in your local community centre!

  • How much does it cost to sign up? 

    It doesn’t cost anything to sign up. Simply fill in your details using the form on this page and you’ll receive a heap of free digital goodies including posters, bunting and cake toppers.

  • Is there a minimum fundraising target?

    There is no minimum fundraising target, but every pound raised will be gratefully received and go towards our work supporting trans young people and their families so please encourage your colleagues to dig deep!

  • Where do I get my fundraising pack?

    Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive an email with a link to download your fundraising pack. If for whatever reason you don’t receive this, please email [email protected].

  • I’m not part of an organisation – can I still take part?

    Yes! Although designed as a workplace fundraiser, everyone is welcome to take part and Raise a Mug for Mermaids.

  • How do I pay in my donations?

    Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive an email with a unique QR code, to make the donation process as smooth as possible. With a flexible choice of donation amounts, we suggest printing these off and dotting them around the office.

    Please allow up to three working days from day of registration to receive your QR code.