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A host of celebrities are encouraging people to get behind a Surrey charity’s 85th anniversary celebrations by taking part in its virtual fundraiser this August.

Broadcaster and cookery writer, Prue Leith, CBE, is amongst those lending their support to Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) ‘Queen’s Tea’ event on August 4th where participants can take part in afternoon cream tea followed by a charity quiz. Prue has answered a pre-recorded Q&A on her life and of course her love of cooking which will be played as part of the online event.

The Queen’s Tea event celebrates 85 years of QEF’s work and is in honour of the charity’s founding supporter and late Patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, whose birthday is on August 4th 1900.

The charity is also using the event to launch a very special celebrity auction where people can bid for the chance to win a 15 minute Zoom call with celebrities including actress Alison Steadman, TV presenter and choreographer, Arlene Phillips and The Crown’s actress, Marion Bailey.

Prue said: “When QEF asked me to be part of the event, I of course said yes as it is such a wonderful cause which needs our support now more than ever. The charity needs to raise £500,000 by the end of September in order to keep its vital services, providing expert support to adults and children with disabilities or acquired brain injuries, going, and I am delighted to be able to play my part in helping them to reach this goal.

“Every charity is under immense pressure now with the impact the pandemic is having on its finances, so I encourage everyone to sign up online and take part in this brilliant event, after all, what better way to while away an afternoon than with a pot of tea and some cakes and scones all for a good cause!”

BBC’s royal correspondent, Nicholas Witchell, will also be live streamed into the event to give a history of the Queen Mother and QEF as well as a performance by the Welsh Guards for all to enjoy. He said:

“I have been a supporter of QEF’s work for some 35 years now and I am currently a vice president. I’ve seen first-hand how instrumental their services are in not only giving people their life back after life changing circumstances but also supporting those who need it most to make sure they live a full and independent life regardless of their disabilities.

“Showing your support by taking part in something as wonderful as the Great British tradition of an afternoon cream tea is the perfect way to help the charity in its time of need and I am really looking forward to being part of the event and sharing my knowledge about the Queen Mother and my memories of this extraordinary lady.”

Money raised from the event will go towards the charity’s recently launched ‘Survive and Thrive’ appeal to help mitigate the losses it has suffered due to the impact of Covid. The charity supports more than 6,000 disabled children and adults every year, enabling them to develop key skills, increase their mobility, maximise their independence and receive life changing support from its neurorehabilitation team.

Karen Deacon, Chief Executive of QEF, added: “It’s wonderful to have the support of Prue and Nicholas to help celebrate our 85th anniversary and mark the birthday of our wonderful late Patron. We hope that our afternoon tea lifts everyone’s spirits and provide a fun way for families or friends to get together (at a social distance in their garden) and show their support for our work.”

There are two ticket options to take part in the Queen Tea:

£30 Ticket: A classic cream tea which includes vanilla scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam and English tea delivered to your door with access to the live event and online quiz

£20 Ticket: Host your own cream tea with access to the live event and online quiz

For more information or to purchase a ticket to take part in the Queen’s Tea please visit www.qef.org.uk/queenstea

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