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With the brighter mornings, fresher days and longer evenings, it’s the perfect time to host a party. Across the UK, gazebos are out, bunting is up and everyone is making the most of the sunshine, so it feels like the perfect time to gather friends and family to kick-start your fundraising activities this summer.

Paws for Tea is the perfect fundraising event for everyone, especially as it can be held anytime, anywhere. Taking part is fun and it’s an easy way to support Blue Cross, as well as a perfect excuse to get together with family, friends and neighbours. You could even gather your work colleagues for a catch up over a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

Paws for Tea is now a year-round event, so why not start planning your springtime event right away!

Why hold a Blue Cross tea party?

Pets are at the heart of everything we do and with your support we can do so much more. Blue Cross cares for more than 40,000 pets every year but we know it’s not enough – there are many, many more pets out there who still desperately need our support. By 2020, our aim is to help 70,000 animals a year. By holding a Paws for Tea party this spring and helping to raise vital funds to support our aim, you’ll be helping us to get closer to our goal.

So dust off your teapot and start planning your Paws for Tea party right away. You could hold a big Easter party, complete with Easter egg hunt and hot cross buns. Or maybe you’d like to host a small ‘crafter-noon’ gathering in your front room, making delightful spring-themed centrepieces and flower crowns? Whatever you choose, you’ll be doing something incredible for the pets in our care while you enjoy a lovely cuppa and a sweet treat with your friends.

A flavour of Blue Cross

This delicious moist pumpkin cake, created by Blue Cross favourite Ainsley Harriott, is equally yummy warm or cold.

Read the full recipe here

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Pregnant Jinx needed our help when her owner could no longer care for her. So that the affectionate young cat could enjoy becoming a new mum in peace and quiet, we moved Jinx into a foster home with one of our experienced fostering volunteers.

Just days later, she gave birth to five healthy ginger kittens. Thanks to the generous donations of supporters, Blue Cross was able to care for the whole feline family until the kittens were old enough to find loving new homes of their own.

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Last year, seven-year-old Florence Hayman decided to forgo gifts to raise money for Blue Cross after recently losing her two pet rabbits Honey and Ginger.

Florence, who attends Oaksey Primary School, helped her mum to organise a birthday bazaar event with different stalls at the village hall in Somerford Keynes instead of having a traditional party.

Florence’s mum, Jane Hayman, said: “Florence is very passionate about animals and it didn’t bother her at all that she wouldn’t be receiving any birthday presents.

“She also recently lost her two pet rabbits so asked what she could do to help pets who are in need.

“She had so much fun on the day of the bazaar with all her friends and family around her and at the same time raised £400 for such a worthy cause.”