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Gedling borough urged to raise a cuppa for Marie Curie


Marie Curie and TV host Mel Giedroyc are calling on people in Gedling borough to hold a Blooming Great Team Party in aid of the charity this June.

The charity is encouraging people to get together with friends, family or colleagues to hold a colleagues to host a tea party, bake sale or special tea break – with money raised helping to provide vital care and support for people living with a terminal illness, and their families.

This year Blooming Great Tea Party will also be supported by John Lewis – the first time the campaign has been supported on this scale by a retailer.

John Lewis Nottingham, will be kicking off the campaign locally with their tea party on Friday (June 9), from 9am, in The Place to Eat on the third floor.

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Lewis Evenden, head of branch at John Lewis Nottingham, said: “We’re really proud to be working with Marie Curie on their Blooming Great Tea Party campaign this year and I know our shops up and down the country are really excited to be a part of this great cause.

“We can’t wait to hold our own Blooming Great Tea Party on Friday, so that customers can come along, buy some cake and learn about how they too can support Marie Curie and the fantastic Blooming Great Tea Party campaign.”

This year Mel Giedroyc is also lending her support to the campaign.

She said: “I’m supporting the Blooming Great Tea Party because it is the most sublimely joyous, wondrous event that takes place during the summer for the best cause.

“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.”

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Beth Fisher, community fundraiser for Marie Curie said: “Holding a Blooming Great Tea Party really is a piece of cake. Just pick a date, send out some invites and simply raise a cuppa this summer.

“You can choose to make everything yourself or pop to the shops for some tasty treats, as long as you price each slice or put a donation box by the front door you’ll be sure to raise funds to help Marie Curie support people when they need it most.”

Last year, the Blooming Great Tea Party raised over £500,000 to help Marie Curie be there when it matters most.

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