Rosemary supports national charity

Published on: 26 Sep 2013

A NATIONAL charity which has its roots in Downend has enlisted the help of leading diet and fitness guru Rosemary Conley to beat meningitis.

Meningitis UK was based at Cleeve Wood Road for nearly a decade before moving to bigger premises in Kingswood in 2011.

The charity is now even bigger after merging with Stroud-based Meningitis Trust in April and forming the UK’s largest meningitis charity.

CBE Rosemary will head the annual Time 4 Tea campaign to urge people to put on a brew and bake a cake to raise money to stamp out the deadly disease.

The award-winning TV presenter, writer and fitness DVD star has put forward her low-calorie Blueberry Meringue Cake recipe to entice everyone to get creative in the kitchen.

She said: “As an avid tea drinker I am absolutely delighted to back the charity’s Time 4 Tea campaign.

“It’s a fantastic way to unite people, enjoy a tasty tea and cake – hopefully low fat – while fighting a disease that can kill in hours or leave people with life-changing after-effects such as limb loss.

“I encourage everyone, from seasoned tea drinkers and cooks, to complete kitchen novices, to sign up to help this wonderful charity beat a disease that devastates families and communities.”

The campaign is also being supported by Twinings which will offer participants free tea samples to help with their events and a lavish tea-set hamper to the person who most creatively photographs a Time 4 Tea.

People can host a variety of events, from tea dances and coffee mornings, to teddy bears’ picnics and cake-baking competitions.

A party pack featuring Rosemary’s recipe and Twinings’ tea, along with colourful balloons, bunting, posters, invitations and a collection box, will be sent to anyone who registers to hold a Time 4 Tea.

To sign up or for more information, visit www.time-4-tea.org or call Liz  Gough on 01453 769080.

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