Cotswold Care Hospice urges more tea parties
THE BEST china was out as well as bunting and smoked salmon sandwiches as Cotswold Care Hospice staged a special vintage tea party.
Almost 300 people attended the event held in the hospice grounds at Minchinhampton on Burleigh Lane on Monday, August 19.
Volunteers made dozens of yards of bunting with donated material scraps provided from the hospice’s 14 charity shops to deck the marquee.
The final touch of vintage china was donated by the charity shops, staff and volunteers.
The event is part of the charity’s Take Time For Tea campaign to encourage people to hold a vintage tea party of their own and raise vital funds for Cotswold Care Hospice.
For Judy and Richard Furness, from Uley, the vintage tea had a special significance.
Mrs Furness’ mother Barbara died six weeks ago following a battle against cancer.
She had attended day hospice and now Judy is receiving bereavement counselling at the hospice.
"Mum loved it here and we want to do whatever we can to support Cotswold Care Hospice," she said.
"That is what mum wanted. At first she didn’t want to come to the hospice. But then she came for a visit and realised how wonderful it was and always looked forward to her time here."
Minchinhampton maths teacher Sarah Jane Rhead, 30, donned a dress and an apron to be a volunteer waitress.
"The hospice looked after my grandparents and it is an amazing place. I wanted to give something back," she said.
The charity’s chief executive Jules Eaton also got into the vintage spirit and wore his morning suit to welcome guests.
"We felt this was the perfect opportunity for people to enjoy our beautiful grounds, have a look around or take a guided tour of the hospice if they wished and simply to enjoy a marvellous afternoon tea for a good cause," he said.
For more information contact the hospice fundraising team on 01453 886868 or email email@example.com
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