Help brew up funds for South Tyneside hospice

St Clare's Hospice is launching a new fundraising campaign.
St Clare's Hospice is launching a new fundraising campaign.

A hospice is hoping to brew up some funds by offering people a cup of tea.

Companies and community groups from South Tyneside are being invited to take part in the new fundraising campaign for St Clare’s Hospice.

We hope hundreds of people in the area will take up this initiative and organise a small tea part

Colin Powell, St Claire’s Hospice community fundraiser

Tea at 3 is a new way for people to support the work of the charity, which is based in Primrose Terrace, Jarrow, and provides palliative care to people who have life-limiting illnesses.

Colin Powell, community fundraiser, said: “Tea is Britain’s most popular drink, with over 165million cups of tea drunk every day, so we hope hundreds of people in the area will take up this initiative and organise a small tea party amongst friends, work colleagues and neighbours to raise funds for the hospice.

“It really is that simple.”

Sonia Graham, senior fundraiser at the hospice, added: “This is a great opportunity for companies to support us, as well. They already probably have a tea break in the afternoon, so why not turn that into a Tea at 3 break for the Hospice? You could add lots of extras to your party too, such as a cake sale, or an in-house raffle or perhaps a ‘guess how many’ competition.

“There are so many ways you can turn your party into a really amazing event.”

St Clare’s needs to secure £1.4million from voluntary donations during this financial year.

The hospice’s official Tea at 3 day is Friday, July 3, but those hoping to host events can do so on any day that month.

It is hoped the new campaign will add more than £10,000 to its funds, while a party pack has been developed to help people plan their event.

To get a party pack, go to www.stclareshospice.co.uk/teaat3 or call 0191 451 6400.

St Clare’s was founded almost 30 years ago, and aims to improve the lives of adults south of the River Tyne who are suffering from a life-limiting illness.

As well as providing specialist care for those suffering with cancer, it also caters for people with other major conditions, such as motor neurone disease, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and heart failure.

Nursing and medical care is provided, while support is also offered to the families, friends and carers of patients.

Care is provided free, but the cost of providing it is almost £2million, with 30% of that provided by the local NHS. St Clare’s therefore relies on £1.4million of donations.