Cup overflows for Time for Tea appeal

Doncaster Olympian Sarah Stevenson held a party for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity's Time for Tea appeal.
Doncaster Olympian Sarah Stevenson held a party for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity's Time for Tea appeal.
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What a tea-riffic success!

Fundraisers who took tea and served up delicious cakes are on track to raise more than £20,000 for Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield.

The Time for Tea appeal, run by Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, took place throughout last month, with more than 150 parties happening across the region.

Events were held by businesses, schools and residents, with even famous sporting names getting involved to boost donations.

At one of the first parties Sheffield United players and staff presented homemade cakes for a bake-off contest at the club’s training ground in Shirecliffe before the entire team tucked into a post-training treat.

Olympic Taekwondo star Sarah Stevenson, from Bentley in Doncaster, also brewed up along with fellow athletes to support the hospital, after losing her mum Diane and dad Roy to cancer.

“Losing both my mum and dad to cancer in such a short space of time was extremely difficult, so to support the hospital that cared for my dad in his final months was an easy decision to make,” said Sarah, who raised more than £400.

“It was such a nice treat for us all to sit down for a ‘cuppa’ and a cake and actually concentrate on something other than Taekwondo.”

Meanwhile, breast cancer patient Gloria Harrison held an outdoor tea party in her garden at home in Creswell, Derbyshire.

Gloria, who lives with her husband of 56 years, Ken, and has seven grandchildren, started fundraising for Weston Park just one year after her initial diagnosis.

She said: “Receiving not one, but two diagnoses of cancer has been devastating, but I have tried to remain positive and keep going for my family’s sake.

“The tea party was a chance for me to bring many of my fiends and family together to support a cause that has ultimately allowed me to see my children and grandchildren grow up.”

Hospital departments also raised their mugs in support of the appeal, including staff and volunteers from the Cancer Support Centre, who tucking into an array of cakes and buns.

Campaign sponsors Stagecoach supplied a special ‘brew bus’, which pulled into Barker’s Pool to supply refreshments to shoppers.

Lingerie company Panache, based at Drakehouse, helped to raise funds, as well as Sheffield law firm Irwin Mitchell and businesses at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Catcliffe.

Sarah Cross, a fundraiser at the charity, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, said: “We are absolutely thrilled at how successful Time for Tea has been in its first year. We have been overwhelmed by the amount of interest and hope that it will become even more popular year on year.

“The money is still coming in from all the fantastic tea parties but we are hoping that Time for Tea will have exceeded our target of £20,000 – which will make a huge difference to the lives of those fighting cancer in our area.”

The charity, which supports 60,000 cancer patients, needs to raise more than £2 million this year.

Other events planned for 2014 include the annual Run in the Park, in Graves Park, and the Light the Night walk in Ecclesall Woods.

Visit www.wphcancercharity.org.uk or call 0114 226 5370 for more information.