AMs support Marie Curie’s Blooming Great Tea Party

The charity’s summer campaign takes place this month

AMs have joined Marie Curie staff to support the Blooming Great Tea Party in aid of the terminal illness charity this June.

The Blooming Great Tea Party, which runs from 23rd – 25th June, sees people get together with friends, family or colleagues to host a tea party, bake sale or special tea break to raise funds for Marie Curie. The money raised will help Marie Curie provide vital care and support for people living with a terminal illness, and their families.

To help highlight the charity and how the Blooming Great Tea Party can help fund Marie Curie care and support, Ynys Môn AM Rhun ap Iorwerth attended an event at the Senedd in support of the summer campaign.

Rhun said: “Holding a Blooming Great Tea Party really is a piece of cake. You can choose to make everything yourself or pop to the shops for some tasty treats, as long as you price each slice or put a donation box by the front door you’ll be sure to raise funds to help Marie Curie support people when they need it most.”

This year, TV host Mel Giedroyc is lending her support to the campaign, saying: “I’m supporting the Blooming Great Tea Party because it is the most sublimely joyous, wondrous event that takes place in June for the best cause. My top tip would be to invite more people than you can possibly fit into your house.  They will squeeze, don’t worry.  For cake, people will do anything.”

“I will bake some refrigerator cake. My mum’s recipe – it’s delicious. I’ll bake some bread and I will bake for my gluten/dairy intolerant friend some coeliac muffins.”

This year Blooming Great Tea Party will also be supported by John Lewis – the first time the campaign has been supported on this scale by a retailer. John Lewis shops nationwide have been getting involved with a launch earlier this month and partner tea parties during the official weekend.

Emma Marchant, Sustainable Communities Manager at John Lewis, says: “We’re really proud to be working with Marie Curie on their Blooming Great Tea Party campaign this year and I know our shops up and down the country are really excited to be a part of this great cause. They can’t wait to hold their own Blooming Great Tea Party so that customers can come along, buy some cake and learn about how they too can support Marie Curie and the fantastic Blooming Great Tea Party campaign.”

Last year, the Blooming Great Tea Party raised over £500,000 to help Marie Curie be there when it matters most.

To find out more and receive your free fundraising pack, call 0800 716 146 or visit