For Fleur, a food blogger who loves to bake, hosting a Strawberry Tea was a way to empathize with her close friend Anna, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. “Anna is a 30-something young mum just like me,” Fleur says. “I never thought she would be diagnosed with breast cancer.” Through Breast Cancer Care, Anna met other young women who were going through the same experience. “It was so important for her as over 80 percent of breast cancers occur in women over 50. She hadn’t met many other younger women before that,” Fleur explains. “We raised an amazing £55 (US$74.77) for the charity!”
Gill chose to host a Strawberry Tea for Breast Cancer Care after her daughter was diagnosed with the disease at the young age of 26. “My daughter was put on a five-year treatment programme, but with the support from Breast Cancer Care, we got through it,” Gill remembers. “I wanted to help other people who might find themselves in the same situation.” Through her Strawberry Tea, Gill raised more than £500 (US$679.72) for Breast Cancer Care.
The charity provides an array of support materials for Strawberry Tea hosts, including downloadable invitations, posters, and bunting; games to use as fund-raisers; iron-on transfers for T-shirts; and recipes for strawberry treats.
In 2013, 1,673 people hosted Strawberry Teas, raising more than £530,000 for Breast Cancer Care. That’s a whopping $720,500.02 in U.S. currency! The charity reminds its supporters, whether you raise £20 or £200, every penny counts. Hosting a Strawberry Tea is the perfect excuse to catch up with dear friends while raising money for people affected by breast cancer.