CAKE lovers raised a cuppa at a tea party yesterday in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Donations were collected at the event, which took place in the cafe of Portsmouth’s Mountbatten Centre, and £1 from every cup of tea sold in the centre’s cafe that day was given to the cause.
In a bid to boost the amount raised for the charity organisers also held a raffle with a host of prizes donated from local businesses, including No. 7 creams and a range of crafts and gifts.
The event was part of the national Blooming Great Tea Party campaign which asks fundraisers to organise similar events throughout June and July to raise funds for the organisation.
Organiser Janette Wearn, who works in the centre’s creche and cafe, said: ‘I do a lot of fundraising for the charity already but I wanted to get the Mountbatten involved too because it’s a good way to reach people.
‘We’ve had a great reaction, lots of people have been coming up to speak to us and quite a few of them have asked how to set up their own tea party event.’
Janette’s daughter Gabby also helped run the event.
The 19-year-old, of Winchester Road, North End, said: ‘The main aim of this tea party is to get other people involved and encourage them to have their own party.
‘We want to raise awareness of how easy it is to do this and show people just how beneficial it is to the charity, because it’s a really good cause.’
Marie Curie Cancer Care is a UK charity that offers free nursing services for terminally ill cancer patients, runs hospices throughout Britain, carries out research and offers support services.
Wendy Savage, community fundraising manager said: ‘We’re asking everyone in the community to host their own Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie Cancer Care this summer. It’s such an easy way to get together with friends or family.
‘The money raised by simply popping the kettle on will help more Marie Curie nurses to provide free care to patients with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their own homes across Hampshire.’
For more details see mariecurie.org.uk