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Diabetes UK marks Care for a Cuppa Day

Diabetes UK is urging people to stick the kettle on and have a tea party for Care for Cuppa Day today, Friday 15 May.

Diabetes UK’s fundraising campaign Care for a Cuppa, supported by Splenda low-calorie sweetener, is aiming for 1,000 parties. We are hoping to raise £150,000 for people with diabetes in this, our 75th anniversary year.

Celebrities supporting Care for a Cuppa include actress Martine McCutcheon, entertainer Christopher Biggins, EastEnders actress Nina Wadia, comedienne Amy Lamé, GMTV presenter Emma Crosby, presenter Alison Hammond, actress Tina Malone and presenter Eamonn Holmes.

Come to Amy's party

In fact, Amy Lamé (pictured) is hosting her own party this Saturday at the 'I Knit London' shop at 106 Lower Marsh, Waterloo, London between 1pm and 5pm.

Amy is sending an open invitation to the public for her party. Guests will have the chance to win prizes, which will include tea for two at the Savoy, champagne tea for two at the National Portrait Gallery and tickets for the Tiger Lillies show 'Shockheaded Peter'. Tickets are £1 and available from 'I Knit London'.

Care for a Cuppa Ambassadors

Diabetes UK’s Care for a Cuppa Ambassadors have kindly agreed to sign up and represent the fundraising campaign. They are ordinary people who either have diabetes or have family and friends with the condition. They have organised their own Care for a Cuppa tea parties – and are encouraging the public to organise many more.

A fun event

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. If you can't have one on Care for a Cuppa day, the campaign is still running for the rest of the year.

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.

How to take part

To register for a party and receive a free fundraising pack, please contact the Diabetes UK Care for a Cuppa team on 020 7424 1000 or sign up online.

For more information please visit our Care for a Cuppa section.

Star support

Martine McCutcheon is backing the campaign because she knows first-hand how diabetes can impact on a person’s life. She said: “My mother has Type 2 diabetes so I know from experience exactly how serious the condition can be.

"I am delighted to be supporting Care for a Cuppa and I would encourage anyone who has a few hours to spare to organise a tea party for Diabetes UK - it will be great fun and raise vital funds for diabetes related research at the same time.”

What Diabetes UK does

Diabetes UK aims to spend over £8 million in 2009 funding research projects to investigate the causes and prevention of diabetes, to improve care and treatment of the condition and ultimately to work towards a cure.

Find our more about our research work and other ways we help people with diabetes, their loved ones and carers.

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