WhoDunnit? for Macmillan


  • What is Whodunnit?

    Whodunnit is a Murder Mystery game that we’re asking people to host on 25 March 2017 (or a date that suits you) and raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.


  • Do I have to pay for my Whodunnit game?

    No, but we are asking people to make a small donation to start their night of fundraising.

  • What if I want to play with more than 8 people?

    Research showed that 6-8 player games was the most popular option. With more than 8 people could you host two Whodunnit evenings? Macmillan’s Whodunnit game does have a maximum of 8 players per game.

  • Does it matter when we play?

    No, it really doesn’t. We’re suggesting people hold their Whodunnit evening on the weekend 25th March 2017, but you can host yours whenever suits you. The only thing we would ask is that if you host it sooner, please don’t share the identity of the murderer on social media.

  • I already do World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, isn’t that enough?

    If you do already hold a coffee morning, thank you so much! With your help, we raised over £27 million last year.

    However, new research has told us that by 2020, almost half of the population will get cancer at some point in their lives, but 38% of these people will not die from it. It’s great that people are living longer after a diagnosis, but we know the impact of cancer does not suddenly stop when treatment is over. Even more people will be living with the long term effects of cancer and its treatment, and the demand for our vital services will grow.

    Now, more than ever, we need people like you to join our team and get involved. Whodunnit is another chance for people like yourself (who enjoy raising money for Macmillan by holding events) to do that.

  • What do I do? How do I host a Whodunnit Murder Mystery?

    When you sign up, we will send you your Whodunnit game, a box with everything in it for your evening of murder and mystery. There are things to do in advance of the evening and things to do on the night as a the host.

    Within your game, we have made everything clear and simple with instructions to make sure everything goes smoothly.

    In advance you will have invitations to send out to each guest, informing them of their character for the evening, with ideas for costumes and props. With this invitation, they will also be asked to make a donation, and bring their donation/envelope with them on the night. As part of the game you will be asked to collect these donations.

    On the night, you will need to give everyone their character guides and then follow your host guide to start the night.


  • What do I do if one of my guests doesn’t turn up on the night?

    Two of your characters are not integral to the plot. Please see your booklet for ‘optional’ characters. You can either re-assign characters to those essential to plot or fill their spot with someone else – it’s up to you.

  • Can I have extra bits sent to me?

    Unfortunately, there are no additional items, everything you need for your evening is included in your game. Visit the Inspiration page on the website for more ideas on the characters.

  • Do I need to lay on a 6 course banquet!?!

    Not at all!! We have provided ideas for nibbles and cocktails on our Inspiration page on the website.

  • When are the games being sent out?

    Once you have signed up your game will take around 7-10 days to arrive.

  • What is in my game?

    Lots of tips, suggestions and advice as well as a few goodies to help you raise more too.

    Items within the game box are:

    • Host guide.
    • Character booklets – 8 per game.
    • Clue cards
    • Place Cards
    • Collection box.
    • Invite/donation envelope for hosts to invite their guests (8 per game).
    • Gift aid sponsorship form for additional donations on the night.
    • Freepost envelope.
  • Can I have my Whodunnit Game in Welsh/another language?

    Unfortunately it is too expensive for us to provide these printed or have them translated.

  • I would like someone from Macmillan to attend my Whodunnit

    Please give our Fundraising Support Centre a call on 0300 1000 200 and we'll see if this is possible.

  • I would like to order banners, t-shirts and items that are not in the original game/pack.

    These items are available from the website be.macmillan. However they do incur a cost to Macmillan. You can browse what is available on the website, but do please bear this in mind.

  • Do I have to raise a minimum amount?

    No, there is no official minimum amount.

  • What is the FREEPOST address?

    For donations:

    Freepost Plus RTHE-LBGB-ZAXE
    Murder Mystery
    Macmillan Cancer Support
    Camelford House
    87-90 Albert Embankment
    SE1 7UQ

  • How do I pay my money in?

    You can pay in via any of these 4 methods:


    Take your cash and cheques to any branch of Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest or Ulster Bank and use the paying-in slip in your kit. (Please do not pay in at any other bank as Macmillan may incur a charge and we may have difficulty tracing your payment)


    Get your friends to donate to a JustGiving online page. Alternatively you can pay in all your donations using our secure donation form to donate online using your credit or debit card.

    Over the phone

    Call us on 0300 1000 200 and use your credit or debit card.

    By post

    Send us a cheque made payable to ‘Macmillan Cancer Support’, along with your paying-in slip to the following address:

    Macmillan Cancer Support
    89 Albert Embankment
    London, SE1 7UQ

    Or use the freepost envelope included in your Whodunnit game.

  • How do I raise money at my event?

    Your guests are asked to make a donation to Macmillan within their invitation, that they can return to you on the night. You then need to collect the money and pay this in online or at the bank. We also encourage guests to bring some small change on the night for additional fun and fundraising!

    Don’t forget to ask each of your guests to Gift Aid their donation if possible – this means we can claim an extra 25p from the government for every £1 raised.

  • Can I set up a Just Giving Page?

    Of course, you can set up your Just Giving page here.

  • I’m not comfortable with the references to alcohol in your advertising for Whodunnit.

    Although we do not actively encourage alcohol consumption, we recognise that often when people do get together in the evening they tend to enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail. However you choose to enjoy your Whodunnit evening, we encourage everyone to drink responsibly.

  • What is Gift Aid?

    Gift Aid is a Government scheme that enables charities to claim the tax that supporters have already paid on their donations. To allow us to claim this back you must be a UK taxpayer* and have paid sufficient income and/or capital gains tax to cover the amount Macmillan will reclaim in each tax year.

    We cannot claim Gift Aid on the total amount raised so please ask each eligible guest to fill out the Gift Aid form in your Summer Lights Kit to allow us to get 25p extra from every £1 raised!

    *Gift Aid does not apply to non-UK tax payers, Isle of Man and Channel Islands residents.

  • Can’t I just Gift Aid the total amount raised?

    No. Each person must Gift Aid their separate donations in order for us to claim Gift Aid.

  • Can a company gift aid my donation?

    Only individuals can gift aid their donations. They must use their home address and not a company address.

  • Where do I post my completed gift aid slips to?

    Please use the freepost envelope in your pack or send them to:

    Macmillan Cancer Support
    89 Albert Embankment
    SE1 7UQ.

  • Who do I make a cheque payable to?

    Cheques need to be made payable to Macmillan Cancer Support.

  • What bank can I pay my money into?

    You can use your Paying in slip at any branch of Royal Bank of Scotland, Natwest or Ulster Bank. Please do not pay in at any other bank as Macmillan may incur a fee and we may have difficulty in tracing your payment.

  • How do you know it is me that paid in the money?

    The BGC (paying in slip) that you will receive with your pack has a unique number on the bottom which relates to your registration.

  • I have lost my unique paying in slip

    There are several other ways you can pay in your money: online, on the telephone or by sending a cheque.

    Alternatively if you would prefer to use a paying in slip, we will send you another in the post. Please contact us at whodunnit@macmillan.org.uk

  • I haven’t had a receipt or thank you for my money

    Please email us at whodunnit@macmillan.org.uk with your details and we’ll look into this for you.

  • How much has Whodunnit raised so far?

    Please keep an eye on the totaliser on the website for an up to date total of how much has been raised to date.

  • How do I pay my money in using the website?

    The Whodunnit website has a Pay your money in page. To make sure that donations are attributed to your Whodunnit make sure you give your details.

  • How long do I have to pay my money in?

    We would like you to pay your money in as soon as possible after your event but there is no specific time limit. We will announce how much Whodunnit has made in May, so it would be best to get it in before then.

  • How should I invite my friends?

    Use the invitations included in your game.

    Alternatively, why not use social media, a Whatsapp or an email, making sure to include a link to the Inspiration page on the Whodunnit website for them to get ideas for their characters!

  • How do I share any pictures or stories from my event?

    We’d love to hear about and see a little bit more about your event.

    The hashtag is #whodunnit Or drop us a email to whodunnit@macmillan.org.uk

    We also have a Facebook page

  • How do I contact the Whodunnit team?

    If the above FAQ's don't help or you have any other queries, then please do get in contact with us.

    You can reach us at whodunnit@macmillan.org.uk or you can call us on 0300 1000 200