Hold a Virtual British Afternoon Tea to support Essex & Herts Air Ambulance without leaving home

12 May 2020

Could your cupcakes bring in cash? Would your friends donate for a doughnut? If so Essex & Herts Air
Ambulance (EHAAT) would like you to put the kettle on and raise vital funds.

EHAAT is asking supporters to `rise’ to the challenge of supporting their local life-saving charity by getting
involved in `A Virtual British Afternoon Tea’ this summer.

With many of us turning to baking during the lockdown, the charity would like the people of Essex and
Hertfordshire to `get together’ over cakes and a cuppa as part of its ‘A Virtual British Afternoon Tea’
fundraising initiative, sponsored by Dobsons Home of Cheshunt.

Natasha Robertson, Fundraising Manager at EHAAT, said, “You can help save lives, one cake at a time. Since
going into lockdown, baking has become an even bigger obsession and we are inviting people to create their
star bakes and hold a virtual tea party.

“Thanks to video apps like Zoom, and Houseparty, you can invite friends and family to join you for al tea party,
even if you can’t meet them in person. It’s a great way to connect with people, have some fun and `doughnate’
money to a great cause.”

“It costs over £750,000 a month to keep the service running smoothly and we couldn’t do it without the
dedication and support of the people of Essex and Hertfordshire. It’s really easy to get involved.”

Helen Dobson, Director of Dobsons Home said: “We wanted to get involved with A Very British Afternoon Tea
because it’s supporting a fantastic local charity that does amazing work. I’ve met people who have been saved
by the air ambulance, and what they do is incredible. As a longstanding local business, we like to be part of
the community and play our part in supporting local charities.”

Taking part is simple once you’ve picked a date and thought about who you’d like to invite, you could choose a
theme, organise some games or a quiz, or even vote to see whose cake is the favourite. The charity is asking
supporters to simply bake and donate. Natasha continued “If guests all donated the costs of their usual cuppa
or favourite cake it would make a big difference to Charity at this time.”

To help give your baking a boost, recipes, EHAAT bunting, invitations and posters can be downloaded from
the charity’s website at ehaat.org/avbat

Don’t forget to post photos of your get together and your baking triumphs (and disasters!) using #avbat,
#ratemybake and #ratemycake.

A Virtual British Afternoon Tea is one of a number of fun and easy fundraising ways to support your local air
ambulance without leaving home.

Although both EHAAT airbases – at North Weald and Earls Colne – are closed to all non-essential visitors, the
charity’s critical care teams are still working 24/7 attending the most critically ill and injured patients.
Fundraising efforts have been hit by the cancellation or postponement of a number of events.

Donations to Essex & Herts Air Ambulance can be made by visiting ehaat.org

Call us: 0345 2417 690

Lottery Hotline: 0345 2417 688

Donate: Text ‘HELI’ to 70588 to give £5

You will be charged £5, plus your standard network rate. 100% of your donation will go to Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT). By texting, you agree that EHAAT may phone or text you to tell you about our work. If you would prefer not to hear from us again, text HELI NO to 70588.

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales (1108989). Registered company in England and Wales (05397840). Registered address: Flight House, The Business Centre, Earls Colne Business Park, Earls Colne, Colchester CO6 2NS.