WhoDunnit? for Macmillan

FAQs

  • What is Whodunnit?

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

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

    Once you've signed up, we will send you your Whodunnit game - a pack with everything in it for your evening of murder and mystery.

    Your host guide is packed with simple instructions on how to prepare for your Whodunnit and what you need to do on the night.

    Send the invitation in the pack (or you can go modern! Why not post something on social media, send a whatsapp or drop them an email?) to each guest so they know what character they are playing. If you're emailing or texting your guests, remember to include the inspiration page so they can start planning their costumes and props. And when you speak to them, remind them to bring their donation on the night. The invitations are designed to carry their donation - all your friends have to do is put their cash inside, seal it down and bring it with them.

    On the night, you will need to give everyone their character scripts and then follow your host guide to get things underway.

    Clues and characters scripts will then mean the night unfolds naturally, with guidance from you (you will have a host guide) as needed.

  • Do I have to pay for my Whodunnit game?

    No, but we do give people the option to make a small donation when they sign up to Whodunnit and begin their evening of fundraising.

  • Does it matter when we play?

    No, it really doesn’t. You can host your evening whenever suits you. The only thing we ask is that you don’t share the identity of the murderer on social media.

  • How long will it take for my game to arrive?

    After you've signed up to host a Whodunnit, it will take around 10 working days for your game pack to arrive.

  • What is in my game?

    We've made it easy for you to host the evening and have a super time. Here is a list of the items included in your game pack:

    • Your host guide
    • Invitations to summon each suspect
    • Place cards for your 8 characters
    • A fundraising collection box for the table
    • Scripts to make sure nobody loses the plot
    • Crucial clues to help you find the guilty party
    • Gift aid form so that your guests can gift aid their donation
    • Freepost envelope to return your gift aid form and cheque (if that is how you are paying in your donations)
  • What if I can't find 8 people to play, or one of my guests drops out?

    Don't panic! There are 8 characters in the game, but if you have less than 8 guests, Beryl and Lily are different enough to be played by one person. Or Cyril and the Captain. You can double up...use a different hat to differentiate the characters, or different accents!

    If you have more guests, you could perhaps ask two of your guests if they would mind sharing a character. Alternatively, you could try to gather more people together for two Whodunnit evenings!

  • Is Whodunnit suitable for children?

    As the game includes some innuendo and mentions alcohol too, we advise the game is played by people over the age of 18.

  • Am I expected to go all out with costumes and props?

    Not at all! Costumes add to the fun, but as you're asking your guests to bring a donation, please reassure them that a well-placed accessory or unusual makeup is enough. But if they do want to go all out, by all means do! We'd love to see the pictures, so please share yours on Facebook or Twitter. For lots of quick and easy dressing up ideas, visit our inspiration page and Pinterest boards.

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

    Absolutely not! Cocktails and nibbles will set your evening off perfectly - you could even ask your guests to bring a dish to the table to share. But if it's a cruise-worthy supper you're after, how about a 1920's themed meal? You can visit the Inspiration page for more food and drink ideas and recipes.

  • I would like to order banners, t-shirts and items that are not included in the 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. The money you raise at your Whodunnit will help give people living with cancer the support they need to hold onto who they are - and what's important.

  • How do I pay my money in?

    You can pay in via any of these 4 methods:

    Online

    Use our secure donation form to donate online using your credit or debit card. Alternatively, you might want to set up a Just Giving page for your friends to make donations. Don't forget to share the page on social media or send an email round to your guests!

    At the bank

    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).

    By post

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

    Whodunnit
    Macmillan Cancer Support
    89 Albert Embankment
    London, SE1 7UQ

    Over the phone

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

    There is no time limit to pay in your donations, but we would love to include it in our total announcement so best to get it in as soon as possible after your event.

  • I'd like to make a donation by cheque. Who should I make it payable to?

    Please make your cheques payable to Macmillan Cancer Support.

  • 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 pack to allow us to get 25p extra from every £1 raised! Simply return using your freepost envelope in your pack or send them to Whodunnit, Macmillan Cancer Support, 89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7UQ.

    Please note, only individuals can gift aid their donations, so please ensure you are using a home address and not a company address.

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

  • I have lost my unique paying in slip

    You can also 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 to request one.

  • 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 to use on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is #whodunnit or drop us a email with your pictures and stories to whodunnit@macmillan.org.uk.

    We also have a Facebook page to share your pictures on our wall.

  • How do I contact the Whodunnit team?

    If the above FAQ's haven't answered your question 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