THE PET charity, The Blue Cross, has launched the nation's biggest Tea Party for Pets, supported by actor, Martin Freeman, star of The Office and A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Backed by The UK Tea Council and Bonne Maman Patisserie, this fundraising event is the first of its kind to be launched by The Blue Cross, one of the country's oldest animal welfare charities. The charity hopes that combining the Brits' love of tea with their passion for animal welfare will prove to be 'the icing on the cake' for the thousands of homeless and sick animals it cares for every year at its adoption centres and hospitals.
Just under 1,000 people around the country have signed up to support The Blue Cross Tea Party, with fundraising events planned in all manner of venues - from nursing homes and village tea shops, to dog training classes and even hair salons. Word of the event has even reached Blue Cross supporters in Italy, who are planning a Tea Party later in the year.
Proceeds from each Blue Cross Tea Party will go towards the charity's work caring for sick and homeless animals and providing pet care advice and information to the nation's pet owners. Just £4 provides a life-saving intravenous drip for a sick pet, and £9 a week will keep a dog's kennel warm whilst it waits to be rehomed.
To mark their first ever national Tea Party, The Blue Cross carried out an on-line Tea Drinkers' Survey, revealing some interesting facts about the tea drinking habits of Britain's many pet lovers.
When asked who they would invite to their dream tea party, most people chose Rolf Harris, followed by Johnny Depp, then The Queen! 67% of respondents preferred a classic cup of English Breakfast tea, but 77% would rather drink it abroad than in Britain. 41% supporters said a tea party would give them an excuse to eat cake, while 29% were looking forward to curling up with their pet and a cuppa.