Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde joined over 150 people at a special event celebrating terminal illness charity Marie Curie’s latest fundraiser on Wednesday 20 June 2018.
The Blooming Great Garden Party held at Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park saw MSPs, volunteers and supporters join celebrations for the Blooming Great Tea Party campaign. The charity is also celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.
Twenty people also entered a baking competition with three winners crowned top baker:
• MSP winner Annie Wells for a Victoria Sponge cake
• Volunteer winner Margaret Irvine from Inverness for a Viennese biscuit
• Supporter winner Gemma Walton from Edinburgh for a carrot cake
The event was judged by Ruth Davidson MSP who earlier this year won the third episode of the celebrity edition of Great British Bake Off, Marie Curie patron Lady Claire Macdonald OBE, a renowned cook and author and Master Craftsman Baker Sean McVey, founder of Breadwinner Bakery.
Blooming Great Tea Party is Marie Curie’s summer fundraising campaign which asks people to get together with friends, colleagues and family to throw a Blooming Great tea party, bake sale or ‘Bake off’ style competition and ask for donations in return. This year is the charity’s 70th anniversary.
Commenting, Mr McMillan said:
“It was a great pleasure to be invited to Marie Curie’s Blooming Great Tea Party in Holyrood Park, and I encourage my constituents to organise their own tea party in Inverclyde.
“This is the perfect opportunity to get baking with your friends and family to raise funds to support this wonderful charity.”
Susan Lowes, Marie Curie Policy & Public Affairs Manager, said:
“Thank you to Stuart for his support. We hope people will be encouraged to get baking themselves and organise their own Blooming Great Tea Party. Every donation helps Marie Curie provide care and support to people living with terminal illness.”
Free Marie Curie Support and Information is available for anyone with questions about terminal illness. Contact 0800 090 2309 or visit mariecurie.org.uk/support