A CHARITY is inviting people to hold tea parties as part of their summer fundraising campaign.

Marie Curie, a charity for people with terminal illness, is launching this year’s Blooming Great Tea Party, an event where people can host a tea party to raise money for the charity.

In order to throw one, all people need to do is set a date, invite guests, and collect donations on the day.

Marie Curie will send a pack with tips, tricks and fundraising materials for those hosting a tea party.

Mel Giedroyc, who is fronting this year’s campaign, said: “Marie Curie’s wonderful nurses and support line heroes need you to bake up a storm this June and raise a few quid at a Blooming Great Tea Party.

“I know that you lot in Dorset love a good natter over a cup of tea, who doesn’t?

“That’s why I’m supporting Marie Curie’s campaign.

“It’s a simple way to get together with your chums and raise money for people with a terminal illness.

“It’s a vital cause, so whether you invite the town over for a croquembouche or catch up with pals over a pack of party rings, Marie Curie needs you to raise a cuppa and some money this June.

“If you’d rather fake it than bake it, here’s my tip.

“Get yourself a shop bought Victoria sponge, shake it around the shopping bag to ‘distress’ the edges, sprinkle it with icing sugar, dot some fresh strawberries on top and pass it off as your own.

“There you go chums, mum’s the word. Keep that one to yourself!”

Marie Curie provides nursing care to people with terminal illnesses in their own homes across Dorset and also runs a free and confidential support line for everyone affected by terminal illness.

Natalie Millbank, Community Fundraiser for Dorset at Marie Curie said: “Throwing a Blooming Great Tea Party is a piece of cake and tonnes of fun. Whether you’re Team Baker and dazzling guests with your own Dorset Apple Cake or part of Team Faker and buying in your favourite treats, the money you raise will help us reach more of the people in Dorset who need us.

“And when you sign up, I’ll be on hand to help with all the brewing advice, icing tips and fundraising know how you need.”

Visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/teaparty for further information, top tips and to register a tea party or call 0800 716 146.