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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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As patron of the Fylde Coast hospice, Trinity (which includes the children’s hospice, Brian House), Alfie Boe is very committed to supporting it’s fundraising efforts.  This time last year, Alfie launched the first ever Trinity Hospice Tea Party which raised a staggering £20,000 – that’s a lot of tea and cake!

Now, in 2015, the hospice is hoping that the second year of the tea party campaign will yield just as much, if not more, funds to support the daily running costs of both hospices.  £5 million is needed annually to fully support the work that the hospices do and while £20,000 might seem a very small part of that, it still goes a very long way.  To illustrate, £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.

In the face of these essential funds, it is just as essential that the charity’s patron supports the fundraising campaigns. I recently interviewed Alfie about Classic Quadrophenia and Les Mis and also took the opportunity to ask about Trinity.  Alfie was really pleased that his fans have been so supportive of Trinity and urged

everyone to go ahead and support this wonderful charity – have a cup of tea and enjoy yourselves.

If you want to support the Trinity Tea Party, just have a tea party, bake some delicious cakes and enjoy!  Alternatively, why not enjoy a virtual tea party with friends on social media?  I attended one such virtual party last year (the brainchild of the lovely Margie) and we had a fabulous time.  Whatever you end up doing, visit the Trinity website (click here) or tweet @trinity_hospice and tell them what you’re doing.  It makes a real difference.

To get an idea of the difference Alfie’s fans make to Trinity, I spoke to Shirley Morgan from the hospice team recently and she was overwhelmed with the level of support from Alfie and his fans across the globe.  Although most donations are from the local area, Shirley mentioned a substantial amount of donations from outside the area and many of these can be traced directly back to Alfie Boe fans.  Shirley said that the hospice

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.  But I don’t know if he even drinks tea!

So, Alfie, do you drink tea?

To make a donation to Trinity (with or without a tea party) click here.  If it is a tea party donation, don’t forget to say so!

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