Charity delivers cream teas to raise thousands

Ellie Evans from Action Medical Research with one of the cream teas SUS-160726-152726001
Ellie Evans from Action Medical Research with one of the cream teas SUS-160726-152726001

Children’s charity Action Medical Research based in Horsham has raised almost £55,000 to help save and change children’s lives after it sent out some 9,800 cream-teas-in-a-box in its nationwide delivery.

Thousands of delicious cream teas were sent to homes, workplaces and schools throughout the UK, including 113 in Horsham, on Friday July 1 earning £54,848 for Action Medical Research.

David Graham, Head of Events Fundraising, says: “This is the third year we’ve run our cream teas delivery and it’s just gone from strength to strength. We’re delighted that so many people were keen to put on the kettle and make time for tea for tiny lives.

“Medical research for children is underfunded in the UK. For every project Action funds there’s another one we have to turn away – simply because of a lack of funds which is why this fundraising means so much to us.

“It’s not easy to get almost 9,800 boxes ready for delivery in one day so we’re very grateful to our army of volunteers who packed our cream teas as well as to everyone who enjoyed them!

“We’re hoping for an even bigger total in 2017 so we’d love to hear from anyone who’d like to help us offer an even more delicious delivery next year.”

The delivery included 19,558 scones, 9,779 Yorkshire teabags, 391kg of Rodda’s Cornish Clotted Cream and almost 509kg of Tiptree strawberry jam to give supporters everything they needed for the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

Action Medical Research has also released the results of its tasty survey into the nation’s cream tea habits which found that almost 70 per cent said they liked their cream teas the Cornish way, with jam first then clotted cream on top.

Unsurprisingly, almost two-thirds of those surveyed enjoyed their tasty treat with a refreshing cup of tea but it looks like coffee culture is poised to take over: almost one in 10 said they preferred a coffee to the traditional cuppa.

Asked whether they like to share their cream teas, most people said that sharing a cream tea was all part of the experience but 40 per cent of people answered hands off - it’s all mine!

And there were some surprising spots where respondents had enjoyed their cream teas: on a punt on the River Cam; in Mauritius; in a tent; and even on top of a lighthouse!

For more than 60 years Action Medical Research has helped pioneer treatments and ways to prevent disease that have benefited millions of people in the UK and across the world. Research they’ve funded has helped to beat polio in the UK, develop ultrasound in pregnancy, fight meningitis and prevent stillbirths.

The charity is currently funding research into meningitis, Down syndrome, epilepsy and premature birth, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.