Charity counting on your cuppa

Sunderland's Marie Curie charity shop volunteers Viv and Lil promoting the Blooming Great Tea Party fundraiser.
Sunderland's Marie Curie charity shop volunteers Viv and Lil promoting the Blooming Great Tea Party fundraiser.
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Volunteers at a Sunderland charity shop are calling for support of a major fundraising event.

Marie Curie is next month holding its Blooming Great Tea Party.

And colleagues Viv and Lil are encouraging people to get together with friends, family or colleagues to host a tea party, bake sale or special tea break to raise funds.

Lil, from ,has been volunteering in the shop since December, she said: “I started volunteering after losing my mam and sister to cancer, I just wanted to do something good with my time.

“After every shift I go home and feel like I’ve made a difference. I’ve signed up to hold my own Blooming Great Tea Party, I love baking so it’s a perfect way to raise money for such a good cause.”

The fundraising event takes place between June 23 and 25. Visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/teaparty or call 0800 716 146.