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Blue Sunday Tea Party

Thank you to everyone who took part

Post-event update: more than £18,500 was raised by people all over the world taking part in Blue Sunday, with around £6,000 of this donated to Action for M.E. We are blown away by the generosity and support of those who took part, and are deeply grateful to Anna for bringing the community together to support 12 M.E. charities.

You can read Anna's reflections on the day on her blog, where she says:

"Our community gets such a bad rep. We are slated left right and centre for daring to ask for better. Better care, better research, better science, better funding, better representation, better media coverage... All I saw on Blue Sunday was a group of people creating a moment of joy for themselves, when we are well within our rights to have completely thrown in the towel by now."

Champion fundraiser Anna Redshaw invites everyone to to take part in her brilliant Blue Sunday Tea Party in M.E. Awareness Month, to raise funds for our vital work.

Taking part is easy!

  • Where possible, wear something blue (pyjamas count!).
  • Dig out your best cups and saucers to make a real occasion of it.
  • Bake or buy your favourite cake – with so many businesses adapting to the pandemic it’s easier than ever to get afternoon tea delivered to your door.
  • Those who can, donate the price of tea and cake they’d expect to pay in a cafe. “Some of us haven’t been in a cafe for years so aren’t sure what that is!” says Anna. “But anything from a couple of pounds upwards is much appreciated.”
  • Post a photo of your chosen slice (or two) of cake on social, tagging @theslowlane_ME on Twitter; @teapartyform.e on Instagram and/or @theslowlaneME on Facebook and using the hashtags #BlueSunday2021 and #TeaPartyForME2021. You can also join Anna’s Facebook event.
  • If you're not on social media yourself, please do send us your pics and we can share them on ours instead!

The event runs all day on Sunday 16 May with Anna aiming to be most active online between noon and 3pm. She says:

“The idea is that people comment on other people’s photos and posts online, often simply admiring each other’s cake, and it breaks a little of the isolation we can all experience having to live with M.E. New friends are made and recipes are swapped.”

You could also, if your health allows:

  • invite friends and family to take part via video call, and ask them to donate, too
  • host a Blue Sunday Tea Party in your garden, in line with the lockdown restrictions in your area.

“We are hugely grateful to Anna for raising funds for Action for M.E. this year, alongside a range of other M.E. charities,” says Bella Whately, our Fundraising Manager. “Our staff team need little encouragement to get involved with making and eating cake! So some of us will be proudly taking part too.”