Branston raises £5,720 for Marie Curie Cancer Care

Posted: 30 July 2013
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The event was one of over 5,000 Great Blooming Tea Parties taking place across the UK this summer to raise money for the cancer charity, with over 100 events planned in Lincolnshire.

Branston's tea party took place at Branston Recreation Ground on 29 June and was attended by almost 1,000 local people who enjoyed a great family day out. Visitors were treated to tea and cakes, live entertainment and lots of family-friendly activities.

Simon Telfer, HR and logistics director at Branston, said: "I'm delighted at how successful the Branston Blooming Great Tea Party was. It was a beautiful day, and it was great to see so many people enjoying themselves.

"In total we raised £5,720 for Marie Curie Cancer Care, Branston's chosen charity for 2013 as voted for by our staff. The tea party was organised by our staff, and we're grateful to many of our suppliers for their generous sponsorship support.

"I'd like to say thank you to everyone who helped to make our tea party possible - to our very generous sponsors and all the organisers and entertainers and, of course, to everyone who attended."

The event was opened by the Potato Council's mascot, ‘Potato Pete', accompanied by the Branston Community Academy African Djembe Drummers.

Later in the day, there was a Great Branston Bake-off, which was entered by nearly 50 people. Sam Emery, Natalie Brazinskas and Max Day won the technical, signature and children's categories respectively.

The tea party was also attended by professional cricket player Andy Carter. Originally from Lincoln, Andy now plays for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. He opened a cricket match on the day and did some training with the cricket teams there.

One member of staff who wasn't able to attend the Tea Party at Branston was James Rogerson, procurement manager for the Lincoln site. That's because he was cycling from Whitehaven to Whitby, in a Coast to Coast challenge to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. James cycled a total distance of 154 miles, in a fantastic time of 12hrs 39minutes. So far he's raised over £500 for the charity and is hoping this will go up even more. Here's the link to his Just Giving page if you'd like to help him increase his total -

The Great Blooming Tea Party is the latest in a series of events and activities Branston has organised this year for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Other fundraising activities have included a ‘wear yellow to work day', a bake sale, a Grand National sweepstake and a sponsored ‘zombie run'. The next fundraising opportunity will be when the Branston team joins Marie Curie Cancer Care's ‘Walk Ten' on Saturday 17 August. This is a 10 kilometre twilight walk, which ends up at Grimsthorpe Castle for after-dark entertainment. If you'd like more information visit

Simon Telfer said: "Marie Curie is a very worthy charity that provides end of life care to terminally ill patients in their own homes, or in one of its hospices. I'm glad that our staff are so keen to go the extra mile to help the charity raise vital funds."