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Brewing up for Marie Curie
Monday 22nd June 2015 @ 14:53 by Max Wieland
Ashton Community Stalybridge

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Yorkshire Building Society teams at building society branches in Stalybridge and Ashton will be brewing up to mark a successful year of fundraising for Marie Curie on Wednesday,  June 24.

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

The campaign was launched in June 2014 and has raised enough to support 15,000 hours of Marie Curie nursing in just 12 months. Every £20 raised by the Society funds one hour of Marie Curie nursing care.

Thanks to the efforts of staff and the support of customers and members of the public in Stalybridge and Ashton, the branches have collected over £670 for the charity.

One of the tea parties is at the Ashton branch of Yorkshire Building Society, on Old Street, taking place on Wednesday, June 24, with colleagues serving cream teas to customers. The Stalybridge branch is having their event on Friday, June 26.

David Smith, manager of the Ashton branch of Yorkshire Building Society, 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.

The Society’s tea party will join others taking place across the country this June 20-29 as part of Marie Curie’s Blooming Great Tea Party 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 fundraising challenge will be held on Thursday, 25 June, across the Society’s main office sites.

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. A cream tea party consists of tea being taken with a combination of scones, clotted cream, and jam.

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