Fifers urged to host virtual tea party for Marie Curie

Mel Giedroyc, celebrity ambassador for Marie Curie, is encouraging people to host virtual tea parties for the charityMel Giedroyc, celebrity ambassador for Marie Curie, is encouraging people to host virtual tea parties for the charity
Mel Giedroyc, celebrity ambassador for Marie Curie, is encouraging people to host virtual tea parties for the charity | Other 3rd Party
The charity needs people to help with its fundraising initiative after the coronavirus crisis has had a huge impact on its income

Marie Curie is calling on Fifers to become tea party hosts for its famous Blooming Great Tea Party which is going virtual this year.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on the charity’s income and it is hoping people locally will come forward to help out with the annual fundraiser.

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The end of life charity is calling on you to throw a Blooming Virtual Tea Party from home this summer.

While staying indoors is the new normal, throwing a virtual tea party is a fun way to stay connected to the ones you love during this time and a great

way to support nurses working on the frontline of the crisis.

In people’s homes across Fife the charity is caring for people with terminal illnesses, as well as people with Covid-19, and is protecting the NHS by keeping patients away from hospital.

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However, as the charity has stepped up its support for the nation, its fundraising income has been devastated by the impact of lockdown measures – it

had to cancel its Great Daffodil Appeal in March and closed all its charity shops shortly after.

The charity needs to raise £250,000 to fund its Scottish services.

Jim Stewart, Community Fundraiser for Fife, said: “Our Blooming Great Tea Party looks a little different this year but I think everyone needs an excuse to meet up with their friends and family – online of course – and check in on the people they love.

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“If you can do that while raising some money for Marie Curie, then your generous donations will enable us to help even more people at the end of their lives get the care they need in this time of uncertainty.

“We rely on the support of the amazing public to ensure our nurses can keep caring for people.

“And while the coronavirus crisis has badly impacted our fundraising events, we hope by going virtual we’ll be able to raise the vital funds we need to

keep supporting people in our communities across Fife.”

The charity and its celebrity ambassador Mel Giedroyc, are encouraging everyone to connect virutally with friends and family while raising cash at the smae time.

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She said: “You can bake it, fake it, brew it or stew it – whatever your cup of tea, Marie Curie’s Blooming Great Tea Party is going ‘virtual’ this year and it’s a simple way to keep in touch with your chums, while raising money for a wonderful cause, which, I think you’ll agree, we all need right now.

“This year, the amazing nurses and frontline staff need you more than ever, as the fundraising events they rely on have all been cancelled.

“I’ve met their nurses before. They are inspiring, kind, caring and loving people who are currently caring for people at the end of their lives and keeping people out of hospital, helping the NHS cope with the coronavirus crisis.

“Every last crumb of the money you raise will help people at the end of their lives. So please join me by raising a cuppa, and some money, in your lounge or garden for the Marie Curie Nurses on the front line”.

To register as a Blooming Virtual Tea Party host visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/teaparty or call 0800 716 146 for your fundraising pack full of hints, tips, recipes and fundraising ideas.