Marie Curie charity hopes Falkirk tea lovers will host a virtual party

A cancer charity is urging people to hold a virtual tea party to help it carry on its vital work.

By Jill Buchanan
Thursday, 14th May 2020, 7:30 am
Updated Thursday, 14th May 2020, 2:56 pm

Marie Curie’s famous Blooming Great Tea Party is going virtual this year and the charity needs hosts more than ever before to make up for the devastating effect the coronavirus crisis has had on its income.

It is hoped people across Forth Valley will host a virtual tea party with family and friends as a fun way to stay in touch with loved ones – and support nurses working on the frontline of the crisis.

In homes all over the district, the charity is caring for people with terminal illnesses, as well as people with Covid-19, and is protecting the NHS by keeping

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Marie Curie Day 2020 - celebrity ambassador Mel Giedroyc

patients away from hospital.

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 a quarter of a million pounds to fund its Scottish services.

That is why the charity and its celebrity ambassador, Mel Giedroyc, are encouraging everyone to connect virtually with friends and family while raising some money at the same time.

Mel 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".

“Marie Curie needs to raise a massive £2.5 million each week to care for the tens of thousands of people who need its nursing and hospice care. 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”.

Jim Stewart, community fundraiser for Forth Valley, 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. 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 Forth Valley.”

To register as a Blooming Virtual Tea Party host visit here or call 0800 716 146 for you fundraising pack.