Blooming Great Tea Party

Blooming Great Tea Party

by Hanna Lindon

Throw a tea party for Marie Curie this June and you could help fund nursing care for someone with a terminal illness. Here’s how to get involved…

Nothing beats getting friends and family together for tea and cake in the sunshine – particularly if you can raise money for a good cause at the same time. Marie Curie’s Blooming Great Tea Party event, which kicks off in June, is the perfect excuse for a tea-themed celebration. Whether it’s a few cuppas with your family in the garden or a bunting-bedecked extravaganza for the whole street, your event could help fund nursing care for those most in need.

“We’re encouraging everybody to get together this summer to hold a party, enjoy themselves and fundraise for Marie Curie at the same time,” explains Kate Megson, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie West Sussex. “All you need to do is register your interest on our website and we’ll send you a free fundraising pack.”

Using your event to support a good cause couldn’t be easier. Marie Curie’s party pack is bursting with props and ideas, from a home collection box to a sweep stake. Hosts in previous years have sold cups of tea and slices of cake, held raffles and raised extra funds with garden games.

Every £20 raised supports an hour of nursing care. Marie Curie nurses provide palliative care at home, allowing terminally ill patients to spend the surrounded by the people and the things that they love. Nurses arrive at 10pm and leave at 7am, giving family members vital relief and rest.

When the charity was established in 1948 it focussed exclusively on cancer sufferers. Now, though, it provides support for people living with any terminal illness.

“Since changing our name from Marie Curie Cancer Care to simply Marie Curie, we have hugely expanded the support we offer,” explains Georgia Paton, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie East Sussex. “As well as providing nurses, we have an information and support service that is open to everybody. Anyone can phone our helpline or use our online community, whether they have just been diagnosed or have a friend or family member who is terminally ill. We are now the number one funders of palliative care in the UK.”

Marie Curie has 13 nurses working in Sussex, but strong relationships with hospices and other charities help the charity provide wider support and care to local people through its information service. If you live in the area then there are plenty of ways that you can help, from donating a raffle prize to offering a place to put a collection box.

“Some volunteering roles are only a few hours a month,” concludes Kate. “Even if you don’t know what you could do then contact us on 01883 832624, because we can let you know!”

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