Take tea for cancer cause

Enjoying hot drinks and cake at a Strawberry Tea for Breast Cancer Care
Enjoying hot drinks and cake at a Strawberry Tea for Breast Cancer Care
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Get out the best china and start honing your best cake recipes... it’s time for a strawberry tea!

Sheffielders are being urged to throw tea parties throughout the summer – all to help people living with breast cancer.

Pat Howe, centre, at her Strawberry Tea in 2012 in Waterthorpe

Pat Howe, centre, at her Strawberry Tea in 2012 in Waterthorpe

The parties are part of Breast Cancer Care’s Strawberry Tea campaign, backed by The Star, helping anyone diagnosed with the disease.

The charity says holding events is easy – parties can be held anywhere throughout June, July and August, such as at home, in workplaces, at clubs or community halls.

All organisers need to do is buy or bake some cakes, add some summery strawberries, pop the kettle on and welcome their guests.

Pat Howe, aged 66, of Waterthorpe in Sheffield, has held Strawberry Teas for two years running, raising £600 in the process.

Pat was diagnosed with breast cancer 13 years ago, undergoing surgery and chemotherapy. Currently she does not require treatment.

She said: “It was extremely isolating going through treatment.

“I realised that once I was through it I wanted to do something and give something back,” said the retired auxiliary nurse, who is married to John, 67, and has two sons and four grandsons.

“Strawberry Teas are for a great cause and definitely raise awareness. It’s all about raising the profile of the charity and ladies getting together to have a good time.”

“A Strawberry Tea can be quite small – maybe just having a few friends or family round for coffee, and strawberries of course!”

Pat organised her gatherings with fellow volunteers Cath Davies and Sylvia Danks, with dozens of guests attending each party.

Lisa Brown, Breast Cancer Care’s area fundraiser for Sheffield, said: “We’re so pleased to have The Star supporting the Strawberry Tea campaign this summer.

“We hope it encourages lots of people to host a tea party to help people affected by breast cancer.

“It’s the perfect excuse to catch up with friends, family or colleagues and tuck into delicious treats.”

Lisa said there were several ways of boosting proceeds, such as charging for cake, selling tickets or charging admission.

Organisers can also run raffles, as well as setting up stalls offering items to buy.

A ‘guess the weight of the cake’ game is also suggested, and people are encouraged to spread the word about their parties on Twitter by using the #StrawberryTea hashtag.

* Visit Strawberry Tea 2013 or call 0870 164 9422 for a fundraising pack.