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Fancy a cuppa?

8 April 2015

Children’s Charity launches ‘Tea with a twist’!

Children’s charity, Action Medical Research, today launches its annual fundraising Traditional Cream Teas campaign, which will be delivering wonderfully scrumptious and refreshing British Cream Teas directly to schools, colleges and workplaces on Thursday 18 June 2015.

This year, the perfect afternoon pick-me-up (which comes in a box priced just £6) will contain two freshly baked scones, two small jars of strawberry jam, Rodda’s Cornish clotted cream, and three strawberry crème chocolates, as well as the more traditional Yorkshire Tea, knife and serviette.  So, once you’ve pre-scheduled your minimum order of 10, there’s no excuse not to take a break, ‘spread your bread’ with jam and/or cream and decide what to top it all off with, as you and your friends and colleagues raise funds for sick babies and children.  Chocolate sprinkles, banana slices, piled high with jam or just with cream – the choice is yours. You could even pop outside, lay out a rug and have a picnic for a real taste of British Summertime, come rain or shine!

Celebrity chef Lesley Waters is once again supporting the Action Cream Teas. Well-known for her regular television appearances on Ready Steady Cook, Great Food Live and This Morning, Lesley is also a former Head Tutor of Leith's School of Food & Wine, author of several Cookery Books, and runs her own cookery school. Lesley’s ‘twist’ is that she’s often partial to a savoury scone with cheese and her home-made Tamarind, Pear and Date Chutney (recipe below). She says:-

“If there’s one thing that’s absolutely guaranteed to bring a smile to my face, it’s presenting me with a plate of simple, good food to tuck into! I’m delighted to be supporting Action Medical Research’s Cream Teas because, quite simply, they taste delicious. Traditional fare for a perfect afternoon – splendid! Just put the kettle on, relax, have a chat and help raise vital funds for the children’s charity.”

Our mascot, Paddington Bear™, likes his scones piled high with marmalade, Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies, Dr Dawn Harper’s are more ‘real strawberry’ than jam and BBC Correspondent Katie Adie likes a ‘classic’ (with jam either on top or underneath).

You can order online by 5 June 2015 by visiting and help fund vital research to help sick and disabled babies and children. 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. Action Medical Research is currently funding work around stillbirth, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy and brain cancer, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

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High-res photographs can be downloaded from the links below:-

Paddington with scone and marmalade:

Kate Adie with one of each:

Lesley with her savoury scones and Tamarind, Pear and Date Chutney:

Dr Dawn Harper topped off with a strawberry:


1) Lesley’s Tamarind, Pear and Date Chutney Recipe, to be served with a savoury scone and cheese:-  


25g (1oz) butter

1 onion, cut into chunky, wedge like strips

85g light muscovado sugar

150mls (1/4 pint) beer

3 teaspoons tamarind

2 ripe dessert pears, cored and thickly sliced

170g (6oz) fresh dates, roughly chopped

a) In a large frying pan, heat the butter. Add the onion and cook for 10 minutes over a very low heat until softened. Increase the heat, stir in the sugar and cook for 2-3 minutes until golden.

b) Stir in the beer, tamarind, pears and dates. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes until the pears and dates have softened. Then remove the lid and cook uncovered for a further 5 minutes until slightly reduced and chutney like.

2) For further information on Cream Teas and Action Medical Research please contact:

Jules Robinson, Interim Press and PR Officer

T: 01403 327480



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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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