Get your cups and saucers at the ready, as once again ‘blooming great tea parties’ will be taking place across the country to raise funds for Marie Curie.
Already plans are being made by local residents who regularly hold events as part of the annual campaign, and the charity is keen to encourage even more people to get involved by holding their own tea parties or going to those nearby.
Margaret Fisk, 67, and her husband Tim, 71, will be hosting their fifth coffee morning and tea party in aid of Marie Curie at their home in Great Gonerby.
The couple’s gathering has grown each year, not only in attendees but also in the money collected for the cause thanks to their inclusion of a tombola, bric-a-brac stand and plant stall.
Margaret said: “At the first tea-party we raised about £500, but last year we had about 70 people and raised £1,166.”
Their daughter-in-law Joanne is a Marie Curie nurse who works night shifts caring for people in their homes, and they are also part of the charity’s fund-raising group in Grantham.
Community Fund-raiser for Marie Curie, Dawn Broomfield, said: “We are looking for new members of the group and for people to get involved with the blooming great tea parties.”
“It can be a party for two or 200 people, it doesn’t matter, but if you’re interested you can get a pack with all the details. There are also resources available like bunting and place cards.”
The money raised will help Marie Curie nurses provide care to those in the area with terminal illnesses.
This year’s blooming great tea party campaign will centre on June 20 to June 29, but the parties don’t have to be held during that period with the Fisks’ coffee morning and tea party taking place from 10am to mid-day on July 4.
All are welcome to attend their event at 3 Grantham Road, Great Gonerby to enjoy the tea, coffee and home-made cakes, with an entry fee of £1 and all proceeds going to Marie Curie.