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Chocs Away for Chari-TEA! Raise Money for The Sick Children's Trust

Published: 7th March 2012 15:04

The Big Chocolate Tea Party
Mel Giedroyc helping raise money for The Sick Children's Trust

Chocs away for charit-TEA!

The Sick Children's Trust are calling upon the people of the UK to join their third annual Big Chocolate Tea Party this April and raise thousands of pounds for families in need by enjoying their favourite chocolate treat with a cup of tea.

People from all walks of life are being invited to boil the kettle, dust off the teapot, bake a few cakes and take part in The Big Chocolate Tea Party. The average person eats 80 chocolate bars a year and in the UK we drink an astounding 165 million cups of tea daily, proving The Big Chocolate Tea Party is perfect excuse to get together with friends, family or work colleagues over a cuppa and your favourite chocolate treat to help raise money for The Sick Children's Trust.

Joining the event this year is Mel Giedroyc, writer, performer and co-presenter of The Great British Bake Off. She said: "I am delighted to be involved in such a worthwhile campaign. I hope everyone taking part in a chocolate tea party has a brilliant time and I hope they raise lots of money to help keep families together."

The Big Chocolate Tea PartyLast year the charity raised £17,000 and has high fundraising hopes of doubling that this year with the help from its sponsor, Ringtons, who is supplying teabags for the charity's party packs.

As well as various tea parties being hosted around the country by the public, the charity has teamed up with The Chocolate Festival at Southbank Centre as its official charity.  It will be hosting a Big Chocolate Tea Party with Edd Kimber ‘The Boy Who Bakes' filled with fun chocolaty arts and crafts from 11am-11.45am on Sunday 1 April 2012 and everyone is encouraged to come down and visit.

Edd says: "This event is just my cup of tea.  It's a quintessentially British tea party with a chocolate twist.  And as a chocoholic myself, I'm delighted to be involved. It's a lovely campaign and a great way for everyone to help families of sick children when they need support the most."

Since 2009 thousands of people across the UK and beyond have taken part in The Big Chocolate Tea Party, helping to keep families together in the charity's seven ‘Homes from Home' across the UK.

Hussain Kour is staying at The Sick Children's Trust Rainbow House, with his wife and his daughters Yasmina and Soraya, whilst his son, Samir, six weeks old, is being treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The Big Chocolate Tea Party "We do not know what we would have done without the help of The Sick Children's Trust. We had to come to London from our home in Hastings at short notice when our son, Samir, was born with heart complications.  With two young daughters under the age of five years old staying in a hotel wasn't an option - it would have been too expensive and unfair to keep the children in such a small environment.

"Thanks to The Sick Children's Trust and Rainbow House we have been able to stay just round the corner from Great Ormond Street whilst Samir is being treated. Our other children love it here as it has such a warm, homely environment and it just means we can still have a family life and all be together at this difficult time."

Joining in the event couldn't be easier. To receive a Big Chocolate Tea Party Pack please visit www.sickchildrenstrust.org or email chocolate@sickchildrenstrust.org.  

There are also lots of downloadable recipe cards created by famous chefs Aldo Zilli, Rick Stein and Edd Kimber ‘The Boy Who Bakes' for chocolate inspiration!

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