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Care for a Cuppa?

Diabetes UK is urging people to kick-start 2011 by putting the kettle on for its Care for a Cuppa campaign and helping raise vital funds for people with diabetes.

Entertainer Christopher Biggins, actresses Nina Wadia and Cheryl Fergison, and presenter Dominic Littlewood are also supporting Care for a Cuppa. The fundraising campaign, supported by Splenda Low Calorie Sugar Alternative, is now launching for its third year.

How Care for a Cuppa works

Care for a Cuppa encourages eager hosts to organise a tea party to help Diabetes UK raise vital funds to support research projects. We hope to help organise 800 parties and raise £120,000 by December 2011.

First-hand knowledge

Christopher Biggins is backing the campaign because he knows first-hand how diabetes can have an impact on life. He said: "I discovered I had Type 2 diabetes about six years ago and am aware just how it can dramatically change every area of your life from work, to family, to your social life.

Serious condition

"Diabetes is a serious condition, which if untreated, can lead to devastating complications including heart disease, blindness and amputation. There are three and a half million people with the condition in the UK and this number is set to rise to five million by 2025.

Enjoy yourself and make a difference

"Throwing a Care for a Cuppa party is a great way to entertain friends and family, with the knowledge that you are making a real difference to the lives of those three and a half million people with diabetes.

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"I would encourage everyone to have their own Care for a Cuppa party to help raise vital funds for research and other diabetes-related projects. Not only will you have a fun time entertaining your friends, family and colleagues but you will also make a real difference to the lives of people with diabetes."

Passionate support

Presenter Dominic Littlewood has Type 1 diabetes and is passionate about supporting Care for a Cuppa. He said: "I know first-hand how big an impact diabetes can have on people with diabetes and their families.”

A fun way to raise vital funds

More star support

Other celebrities supporting Care for a Cuppa have included broadcaster Amy Lamé, presenter Emma Crosby, Sky News presenter Steve Dixon and actress Tina Malone.

Hold your own tea party

A Care for a Cuppa tea party is a fun event for family and friends that can be held at home, at work, in your local town hall or at any other community venue. The parties are easy to plan and all you need is to decide on a venue and invite as many guests along as possible. You can ask guests to make a donation for every cup of tea or biscuit or you could ask for an entry donation.

To register for a party and receive a fundraising pack, please contact the Diabetes UK Care for a Cuppa team on 020 7424 1000 or emailcareforacuppa@diabetes.org.uk. For more information please visitwww.careforacuppa.org.uk.

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