Have a cuppa for Epilepsy Action

Tea drinkers across the country are all set to put the kettle on for Epilepsy Action's fourth National Tea Break, on Friday October 13.

The charity is urging GPs to join a host of celebrities for a cuppa to raise vital funds for the 456,000 people living with epilepsy in the UK.

The nationwide event is being supported by TV stars and personalities including, Coronation Street's Julie Hesmondhalgh; comedienne Jo Brand; EastEnder June Brown; and celebrity chefs Gary Rhodes, James Martin and Jane Asher.

Julie Hesmondhalgh, who plays café owner Hayley in The Street, says:  "I love tea and drink it by the gallon-full.  On a normal day I'll probably have about seven cups before lunchtime."

Sir Cliff Richard OBE, who is also supporting the event, comments: "You'll rarely find me turning down the offer of a 'cuppa'!  For me, the best is English Breakfast mixed with a Ceylon Afternoon - and milk in the cup first!  If I am really picky, it's best to pour from a reasonable height - it helps achieve the perfect temperature.  Oh, and no sugar for me thanks."

Everyone who registers to be a Tea Break organiser will receive a fantastic organiser's pack containing a guide full of useful hints and tips, invitation cards to send to friends, family or work colleagues, a starter pack of tea and biscuits, plus mouth watering recipes.  These include Jo Brand's scrumptious Fruit Loaf, Julie Hesmondhalgh's Mum's Unbeatable Chocolate Cake, and Ritz chef John Williams' recipe for Tea Cake.

Money can be raised by asking guests for a donation for tea, biscuits and cakes.  Other fundraising ideas, including quizzes, and the Teavial Pursuit challenge, can be found by visiting www.epilepsy.org.uk/teabreak.  The site also includes Teefax, a fascinating guide to the history of tea, plus celebrity recipes.                                                                                                                       

This year's tea break has a couple of exciting new additions.  These include a photo competition aptly named 'Mug Shot', which gives Tea Breakers the chance to win a digital camera in return for an image of a tea breaking moment, plus a free message mug from Crayola to fundraisers who meet or exceed the £100 target.

Everyone taking part in a Tea Break will have the opportunity to enter a free prize draw. Prizes on offer include a John Lewis 'Optima' picnic hamper; a House of Commons china teacup and saucer signed by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown; and a number of runner-up prizes.  

Since Epilepsy Action's first National Tea Break, a total of £44,000 has been raised and over 400 tea breaks held.  To join in the tea-riffic fun, contact Danielle Hudson on 0113 210 8822 or register online at www.epilepsy.org.uk/teabreak.

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Notes to Editor
1.      Epilepsy Action helps over 550,000, people every year through its range of services including its advice and information centre, branch network and accredited volunteer scheme.  The organisation's award-winning website, www.epilepsy.org.uk, receives over 100,000 visitors a month.  The Epilepsy Helpline on freephone 0808 800 5050 is available Monday-Friday, 9.00 am - 4.30 pm (4.00 pm on Fridays).

2.      If you would like further information, please contact Tea Break organiser, Danielle Hudson, on 0113 210 8882 or email dhudson@epilepsy.org.uk.

3.       To obtain celebrity photos, please visit http://www.epilepsy.org.uk/press/photolibrary.html

4.      If you would like to know more about the work of Epilepsy Action please contact Alison Knight, Ingrid Burns or Lucy Rollinson in the press office on 0113 210 8870 or email press@epilepsy.org.uk.

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