Louise M
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Why my Tea with the Girls was about more than tea and cake

Louise M
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03 Aug 2017

For Louise, a Tea With The Girls fundraiser was a lovely way to include the friends and team members who lived through the hard times with her during treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma.

Back in April I was very honoured to be asked to talk on behalf of Bloodwise at the launch of Tea with the Girls at the Calendar Girls 18th anniversary party.

Given my involvement in helping launch this event, it was a given that I was going to host my own Tea with the Girls! We'd decided to do this at work, but this was more than just a few cakes with some colleagues.

I run a family business started by my father 50 years ago selling Beads and Findings to jewellery designers and Bead shops, I've grown up with some of the team knowing me since I was a little girl and they all have lived through the whole of my illness from day one, seeing me at each stage and supporting me and keeping the business going when I was too ill to work!

One of my closest friends is also our general manager and she took to the task of doing our utmost to make a success of our fundraiser. Together we launched a JustGiving page to allow customers to enter a draw to win various amounts of credit on their account and decided to host the Tea party in our showroom inviting customers and staff to join in. We also had a jewellery lucky dip and guess how many beads in the jar.

It was a lovely way to include the friends and team members who have lived through the hard times with me during all my treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma. I think they were delighted to bake cakes and eat them too and in the end we raised £354 which I was really happy with.

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