Cream teas raise a sweet £60,000 for Action Medical Research | Action Medical Research

Cream teas raise a sweet £60,000 for Action Medical Research

18 August 2015

Children’s charity Action Medical Research is celebrating the sweet taste of success after its cream-teas-in-a-box delivery raised more than £60,000 this summer.

The charity sent more than 10,370 cream teas to homes, schools and workplaces in two nationwide deliveries after its first dispatch on 18 June was such a triumph that the scheme was repeated on 7 August.

Thousands of people across the UK took a break and enjoyed a cuppa when their boxes arrived at the door as part of Action Medical Research’s unique fundraising campaign.

In total, the children’s charity sent out 20,740 scones which, if split open and laid end to end, would stretch over 4.1km; 10,370 Yorkshire teabags, enough to make 2,593 litres; 871kg of Tiptree strawberry jam; and 415kg of Rodda's Cornish Clotted Cream, made from nearly 11,000 pints of milk, all neatly packaged up complete with 10,370 knives, serviettes and thank you notes!

“We’re delighted that so many people got together over the summer to put the kettle on and enjoy our delicious cream teas, and at the same time help us to raise thousands of pounds to save and change the lives of sick babies and children,” says Tracey Edwards, Action’s Cream Tea Events Manager.

“We’re hugely grateful to the army of volunteers who helped us painstakingly pack hundreds and hundreds of boxes – thanks to them, we have hugely increased the number of cream teas which we sent out last year when we ran the national delivery scheme for the first time.”

Research is the key to saving many children from a lifetime of suffering, yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded.

With the help of its supporters, Action Medical Research has played a significant role in many medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952, from the development of the first UK polio vaccines to the use of ultrasound in pregnancy.

It is currently funding research into meningitis, Down syndrome, epilepsy and premature birth, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.


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Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity working to save and change children’s lives through medical research. We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 like the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world. Charity reg. nos 208701 and SC039284.

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