Brewing up a treat to make fundraising milestone

Staff at a building society will be brewing up to mark a successful year of fundraising for Marie Curie.

Yorkshire Building Society’s Hour of Need campaign has been celebrating its first birthday with the news it has clocked up £300,000 in its first year.

The society’s branch in Bedford Way, North Shields, is holding a tea party from 9.30am to 4pm on Thursday, June 25, to celebrate the successful opening 12 months and raise further funds.

Staff will be serving cream teas to customers.

Nick Turnbull, manager of the North Shields branch, said: “The Hour of Need campaign is having a real impact on terminally ill people and their families in providing Marie Curie nursing support.

“This is the Society’s most successful ever national fundraising campaign and this is all thanks to the commitment that our colleagues and members have shown in helping to raise £300,000 for Marie Curie.”

The tea party is being backed by the Cream Tea Society and jam-maker Tiptree and Cornish clotted cream manufacturer Rodda’s, who have very generously donated 15,000 portions of strawberry jam and clotted cream to the Society’s 230 branches to help celebrate the success of the fundraising.

To celebrate the first anniversary, Yorkshire Building Society colleagues will also be attempting to set a new Guinness World Records title for the largest cream tea party in multiple venues in aid of Marie Curie.

The target to beat for the largest cream tea party in multiple venues stands at 536 participants and the Society is hoping to have more than 650 colleagues simultaneously taking part.

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