MARIE Curie called on the help of Demelza Whyte, owner of Tiplings in Ilkley, to help launch the charity’s Blooming Great Tea Party annual campaign to support the charity.

The campaign helps raise funds for the Marie Curie nursing service and the Bradford Hospice, both of which care for patients from Ilkley.

From June 23 to 25 June, Marie Curie is encouraging people to get together with friends, family or colleagues to host a tea party, bake sale or special tea break to raise funds. The money raised will help Marie Curie provide vital care and support for people living with a terminal illness, and their families.

Sharon Link, Marie Curie community fundraiser in Bradford said: “Holding a Blooming Great Tea Party really is a piece of cake. Just pick a date, send out some invites and simply raise a cuppa between 23rd- 25th June. 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.”

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