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The Blue Cross launches Britain’s biggest tea party for pets

Britain’s pet charity, The Blue Cross, today launches the nationís 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.

The first ever Blue Cross Tea Party, held at Claridge’s Hotel in London. Left to right: Dexter (Blue Cross Staffordshire Bull Terrier), Ross (Blue Cross Hungarian Vizsla), Liz Walsh (Blue Cross Community Nurse at Victoria Hospital, London) and Princess (Yorkshire Terrier cross-breed).

Martin Freeman, who has a rescue dog called Archie, said: “Archie and I are really pleased to be supporting this event. Tea and pets are two vital elements of the British way of life and must be protected! I’m a great supporter of the work of The Blue Cross and this event will enable them to continue providing care for the thousands of animals that pass through their doors every year. So stick the kettle on and brew up some support.”

Just under 1,000 people around the country have signed up to support The Blue Cross Tea Party today, 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.

Actor, Martin Freeman, showing his support for The Blue Cross Tea Party.

John Rutter, Chief Executive of The Blue Cross, said: ‘The first ever Blue Cross Tea Party is the perfect excuse for animal lovers to indulge in one of our greatest British traditions - a cuppa and a piece of a cake - in aid of needy animals. The money raised will help us care for the thousands of sick and homeless pets that come through our doors every 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 nationís pet owners. Just £4 provides a life-saving intravenous drip for a sick pet, and £9 a week will keep a dogís 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! Sixty-seven per cent of respondents preferred a classic cup of English Breakfast tea, but 77% would rather drink it abroad than in Britain.

Forty-one per cent of 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.