You know by now that I love nothing more than indulging in afternoon tea, so when I was invited to The Annual English Afternoon Tea I couldn’t resist an afternoon with like minded ladies, par taking in afternoon tea and at the same time raising money for charity.  You see this afternoon tea was a bit different, it was in aid of a local charity called Acorns Hospice.

The event was taking place at Episode Hotel, in Royal Leamington Spa.  I love this boutique hotel which has glamour stamped all through it, so the perfect setting for afternoon tea. The room was decorated beautifully, I loved the hydrangeas in beer buckets and the fact that each table was identified by the name of a famous composer.

Organised by Liz Weston the event is in its fourth year and is now a firm fixture on the social calendar and is an opportunity for friends and supporters to get together to hear about the valuable work that Acorns undertake. Liz commented, “The event couldn’t happen without the ongoing support of all the businesses who have backed this, the team who help bring the afternoon tea to fruition, and all the ladies who attend and give generously to make sure it’s all worthwhile.”

During the afternoon Louise Fardon, gave an update on her son Henry who was diagnosed, 9 years ago when he was 6,  with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a life limiting muscle wasting disease.  Louise spoke to us about the wonderful work that Acorns do, not just for the child, but for the whole family.  The support that she and Henry’s sibling receive are just as important as the support and care that Henry receives.  Henry visits the Worcester Acorns Hospice every 3 months for 5-7 days and gets to see friends, enjoy days out and treatment including physio sessions.  What makes Acorns Hospice different to many charities is that is survives purely on donations. So for Henry and other children to get the support from trained nurses, physios, councillors etc, every penny of fund raising counts.

Along with afternoon tea, there was an auction with a wonderful array of prizes including afternoon tea, backstage tour and tickets for the RSC restaurant and theatre, jewellery from LaLa Rocks, a spa package from Birmingham’s Solace Spa, a Harvey Nichols hamper, a tasting for ten at Leamington Wine Company and meals at top Birmingham restaurants Cielo and Edmunds.   

The afternoon raised £4,000 for Acorns Hospice.  I couldn’t think of a more lovely way to raise money for charity.

Afternoon everyday……I’d be happy to indulge! 

Lula Belle x 

More photos from the afternoon visit Eli Rees Photography

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