TV presenter Mel Giedroyc and the charity Marie Curie are calling on people in Leeds to throw a Blooming Great Tea Party this June.

It’s easy to get involved. Pick a date in June then invite your friends, colleagues and family round for a tea party, bake sale or a “Bake Off” style competition. All you need to do is ask for donations on the day. The money you raise will help Marie Curie provide vital care and support for people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones.

Blooming Great Tea Party super fan, Mel Giedroyc, who is fronting the campaign said:

“I’m supporting Marie Curie’s Blooming Great Tea Party because it is the most sublimely joyous, wondrous event that takes place in June for the best cause.

“My mum is an amazing hostess and a brilliant baker. My all-time favourite cake is still mum’s chocolate fridge cake – I’ll be making some for my own tea party this year!

“My top tip would be to invite more people than you can possibly fit into your house. They will squeeze, don’t worry. For cake, people will do anything.

“So, to all my friends in Tadcaster, get baking!”

Faye Cryer, Community Fundraiser for Leeds said:

“Throwing a Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie in June is an easy way to get together with friends, family and colleagues and raise money for a great cause. You can invite the whole village round for a garden party, or spend time with a few close friends and buy in your favourite treat.

“So whether you’re an aspiring pastry chef, or a total butterfingers, join the thousands of people in Leeds who will be baking up a storm to raise money for people who are terminally ill across the whole country. We’re counting on your cuppa!”

This year The Blooming Great Tea Party launch was hosted by Dulcie Butterfly Vintage Tea Rooms in Boston Spa.

Dulcie the manager said: “We were delighted for Marie Curie to have chosen out tea room to launch their Blooming Great Tea Party. We had fun and laughter at our photo shoot as should you when you hold your tea party for this great cause. We hope it will inspire others to get involved – I know we will be doing!”

To find out more and receive your free fundraising pack, call 0800 716 146 or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/teaparty

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