Raising money for a very worthy cause

The Big Tea Cosy is a nationwide event
The Big Tea Cosy is a nationwide event
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WHEN the Big Tea Cosy was taking place last month, there were a number of brilliant tea parties held across the Portsmouth region, all for a brilliant cause.

However, one tea party really stood out above the rest, for its uniqueness and creativity.

Hassi Leverett and her friend, Tracey Bottomley. held an Indian themed tea party, raising more than £200 for Breast Cancer Haven in the process.

The event was unique in that they really took on the Indian theme, and stuck with it throughout – Indian tea, pakoras (a fried and battered snack made with a variety of vegetables) and cake were all on display – and all of it was gone by the end of the day.

All in all, they managed to raise £220 for the charity, which is a fantastic achievement.

In fact, some of the guests loved Hassi and Tracey’s pakoras so much that Hassi has decided to do a pakora cooking class in the summer, which will again be done to raise money for Breast Cancer Haven.

We just absolutely loved how unique Hassi and Tracey’s tea party was – it was an absolutely wonderful afternoon.

The smell of Indian tea was aromatic and inviting, along with the delicious selection of Indian snacks and cake that they had made for everyone.

It was simply a brilliant way of raising money for Breast Cancer Haven Wessex, and we are so thrilled with how much money they managed to raise.

The Big Tea Cosy campaign is not only about the wonderful cause that we fight for every day, but also about bringing people together in their local community – that is what makes it so special.

Of course, it is an added bonus to be getting together for tea and cake, and any gesture made to Breast Cancer Haven, no matter how large or small, is greatly appreciated by us.

The Big Tea Cosy is a national campaign that we run every year for one whole week. This year it took place from February 1 to February 7; we have not yet counted the final total for the year, but with the amount of tea parties that we have heard about taking place across the Portsmouth region, we are expecting to have raised a massive total in 2017.

We would like to take this time to thank everybody who has taken part in the Big Tea Cosy this year – without your continued support, we would not be able to do the work that we do at the moment.

For more information about Breast Cancer Haven in the area, visit our website thehaven.org.uk.