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When Alfie met Sarah, according to his autobiography, he was making a cup of tea, so who better to back the start of Trinity Hospice’s annual Tea Party campaign?  Of course, Alfie Boe is the patron of the Fylde Coast’s hospice, which also encompasses the children’s hospice, Brian House and he is very supportive of the continuous fundraising efforts needed to keep services going each year.  Since Alfie became patron, Trinity has seen a marked increase in donations from outside the local area and their press officer, Shirley Morgan, says that “we couldn’t have a better patron; we really appreciate the global audience he brings and to top it all, he’s such a nice guy.”

Shirley also shared a little bit of fundraising trivia with me: when analysing their social media reach for 2015, the message with by far and away the most reach and engagement was the tweet in which two Classic Quadrophenia tickets were auctioned off.  A massive 17,000 people were reached by that one tweet!  The closest tweet reached 9,000 people so it perfectly demonstrates how much Alfie’s support means.

Annually, £5 million is needed to fund the hospice and in the last two years, over £30,000 has been raised by tea parties.  That’s a lot of tea and cakes! So what does that money provide in terms of services?  What difference do our individual donations actually make? Well, £10 provides art materials for someone to make a memory box for their loved ones, £150 runs Brian House for one hour, £500 provides eight bereavement sessions for a family and £1,500 means that a child can stay over the weekend, providing much needed respite care for both the child and the family.  All donations are another step closer to the overall target of £5 million.

So, how can you support Trinity’s Tea Party in 2016?  Hold a tea party and donate by clicking here.  Don’t forget to mention that you’re an Alfie Boe fan and it’s a tea party donation.

If you’d like to join in a virtual tea party, just click here to join the Official Alfie Boe Facebook Fan Group and details of the event will be posted shortly.  See you there!

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An exciting week – three more events added to the Alfie Boe Upcoming Events page!  One of them has already been and gone (more of that shortly) but the other two are an outdoor concert in Swansea on 21 June and Chris Evans announced yesterday that Alfie will take part in the VE Day 70 Celebrations in London on 9 May.

The first new event took place today in the courtyard of Somerset House, London and saw Alfie sing with the Nordoff Robbins choir and Miel de Botton.  In his role as Nordoff Robbins Ambassador, Alfie sang a couple of songs (Oh When The Saints and Enjoy Yourself) with the choir and acted as cheerleader in chief for the remainder of the performance.  Luckily, Nikki Lewis was on hand to record the first song – thanks Nikki:

Afterwards, I caught up with him for a few minutes and talk turned to this blog – imagine my face when Alfie said that he loves it and that he reads it every day!  We also talked about how he broke my twitter account over Easter when he tweeted me…that produced a giggle or two!  Thanks for the compliment Alfie, much appreciated.

Alfie Somerset House

If you haven’t yet joined the official facebook fan group, what are you waiting for?  Alfie told me today that he’s really keen for everyone to be part of it so come and join us – click here for more information.

For more information on how to support Nordoff Robbins, click here.

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