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Celebs back Care for a Cuppa campaign

Entertainer Christopher Biggins, actresses Nina Wadia and Cheryl Fergison, and presenter Dominic Littlewood are urging people to stick the kettle on for Diabetes UK’s Care for a Cuppa campaign, to help raise £120,000 for people with diabetes.

Diabetes UK’s fundraising campaign, supported by Splenda Low Calorie Sugar Alternative, has now launched for its second 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 2010.

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 five 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 million people with the condition in the UK and this number is set to rise to four 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 million people with diabetes.”

Passionate support

Nina Wadia, is passionate about supporting Care for a Cuppa. She said: “I know first-hand how big an impact diabetes can have on people with diabetes and their families. My cousin has Type 2 diabetes and my uncle passed away as a result of diabetes-related complications.

A fun way to raise vital funds

“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.”

More star support

Other celebrities supporting Care for a Cuppa have included comedienne Amy Lamé, GMTV presenter Emma Crosby, presenter Alison Hammond, actress Tina Malone and presenter Eamonn Holmes.

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.

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