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Diabetes UK needs you - to hold a fundraising tea party

Diabetes UK is urging people to stick the kettle on and organise a tea party for Care for Cuppa Day on 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.

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.

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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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.

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