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Kings Hill's Tea Under The Trees

Kings Hill's Tea Under The Trees
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Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications by Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications
Owner/Director - Sharp Minds Communications Ltd

03 Aug 2017

Churchill Square Business Centre has surpassed its own fundraising efforts – raising even more money this year than last encouraging customers and staff to eat cake in the name of charity.  It was tough work, but people bravely gave up their lunch hours to force their way through more than 300 slices to support Dandelion Time, Kent’s charity for children and their families fragmented by trauma, abuse and neglect.

Coming together for a good cause

The management team at Churchill Square Business Centre, on Kings Hill near Maidstone and Tonbridge, has supported Dandelion Time for the past 2 years.  As well as members of the team giving up their own time to help at the Dandelion Time annual May fairs, the team organise their own fund-raising event called Tea under the Trees, which involves many of their customers and suppliers at the business centre.  Following on from last August’s success, which raised £788, this year’s event on 6th July raised an incredible £805 – all in the space of 2 hours.

Donations all round

The Churchill Square management team invited customers and suppliers of the Centre to make cakes as well donate raffle prizes – and they had an amazing response! Rolin Cleaning Services donated a tempting Fortnum & Mason Hamper, with other raffle prizes including bottles of wines and spirits from Spectrum Signs and lots of bottles of champagne from other suppliers and customers – in all, 12 raffle prizes were gratefully accepted by the winners.

Helping charity one cake at a time

Scrumptious cakes and scones were baked by many customers as well as the management team and the 2017 Star Baker award was given to Lynn Whitham of Clover Accounting Services for her delicious iced Raspberry & Oatmeal Cake, with Michelle Saunders of MEB Design getting a very special mention for her amazing melt-in-the-mouth chocolate brownies.  Over 314 slices of cake were consumed between 12.30 – 2.30pm – and far too many cups of tea and coffee drunk to even keep count of.

To help offset all that cake, customers had the chance to try out their hula hoop skills and compete with each other at bowling, giant snakes & ladders and other games such as quoits. Sue Billings, the Centre Manager of Churchill Square said: “We are really grateful to all our customers who took the time to bake and come along to the event, as well as our suppliers who supported us.  We appreciate everyone’s time is precious and we would like to thank everyone who got involved in our fund raising for such as brilliant local charity.”

Caroline Williams, Corporate Fundraiser for Dandelion Times, helped at the event and was thrilled with the result: “You’ve done it again! Amazing fund raising! Thank you all so very much.”

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