August 9th-15th is Afternoon Tea Week. We are asking our supporters to join in the fun this year and invite your friends, family and neighbours along to an afternoon tea party in aid of Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice.

Each year it costs £8.1 million for us to care for over 500 people in Birmingham and Sandwell – and 64% of this comes directly from charitable donations. Without these, we would not be able to provide the care that we do.

In the spirit of Afternoon Tea Week, we are inviting you to organise one of your own to raise even more vital funds for the Hospice! Pop the kettle on, break out the biscuits, bake your favourite cakes and invite friends and family over for a spot of well-deserved afternoon tea.

You could perhaps charge your guests a small entrance fee or maybe £1 per slice of cake. And when the party’s over, simply donate the funds raised through your refreshments online through our website. Make sure you type in the comment box on the donation page that you are donating from holding an afternoon tea.

To help make your afternoon tea look the part, and to get in the party mood, we have Birmingham St Mary’s bunting available to download and print which can be downloaded by clicking here.

And if you’re short on crockery, our charity shops have plenty! Cutlery, teapots, cups and saucers – we have it all. Pop into one of our 17 shops across Birmingham and see what you can find. We have plenty of vintage tea sets available and quirky pieces to get you into the spirit.

Afternoon tea ideas

Undoubtedly, you will have your preferred way of making a cuppa, and your own favourite recipes, but if you want a little inspiration why not take a look at our Community Cookbook? It is full of delicious recipes – family favourites, ones passed down through generations and even a few from Masterchef: The Professionals winner Stu Deeley. It’s available on our website for a £5 donation, you can find it here.

Or if you’re not quite up to Star Baker standard, you could ask your guest to bring along their own homemade favourites to the party.

Think big

Could you organise a tea party in your community centre or at a local park? You could look to days gone by and host your afternoon tea as a street party; set up tables and chairs in driveways or front gardens and invite the whole street. A cup of tea at one house, a slice of cake at another, a biscuit at a third – what better way to take advantage of the sunny weather?

Alternatively, you could take the party to the office and hold a bake sale. Homemade or shop-bought, you could sell a variety of tasty treats to bring some variety to your team’s lunch break or as an after-work snack, and donate the money you raise to the Hospice.

Get in on the action, and put the kettle on, in support of Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice!

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