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Big Chocolate Tea Party with Paul A. Young

March 3, 2015

EventsFood & DrinkLifestyle | by Vicky Ilankovan

Photo credit: Paul Winch-FurnessThere’s a guilt-free incentive for the nation’s chocolate lovers to indulge this May – to help raise money for The Sick Children’s Trust.

People across the country are invited to throw a Big Chocolate Tea Party and gorge themselves on the sweet stuff with family and friends to help raise a much-needed £100,000 in aid of The Sick Children’s Trust, which supports families of seriously ill children being treated in hospital. The mission kicks off on 17th April with The Big Brownie Bid, which sees top chocolatiers auctioning off exclusive brownies for the charity.

The charity was founded in 1982 and to date have 10 ‘Homes from Home’ at major hospitals around the country where families can stay free of charge, for as long as they need whilst their child is undergoing treatment.

Supporting around 3,500 families every year, there is a growing demand for our ‘Homes from Home’ as children must increasingly travel long distances to get the specialist treatment they need.

Master Chocolatier and Vice President of the Sick Children’s Trust, Paul a Young, said: “I have been inspired and genuinely touched by what The Sick Children’s Trust provides for so many families across the country.

“The Big Chocolate Tea Party gives me the perfect opportunity to use my love of chocolate to fundraise in a fun and indulgent way while supporting many families who are facing the most difficult of circumstances miles from their home.”

Not only does chocolate (in all its forms!) bring a smile to the face, but by raising just £28, you could provide a room in a Sick Children’s Trust ‘Home from Home’ for a whole family for one night.

A host of famous foodie faces are backing the campaign, including the likes of Great British Bake Off star John Whaite and celebrity chef Raymond Blanc, who will be offering up top tips and delectable chocolate recipes to inspire bakers.

Tea party hosts will be able to download these from the Big Chocolate Tea Party website and they’ll also be included in the fundraising pack.

Want to get involved in the campaign? Simply visit www.sickchildrenstrust.org or email chocolate@sickchildrenstrust.org to receive a Big Chocolate Tea Party fundraising pack.

Sarah Gibbons