Children’s charity, Action Medical Research, is again calling on you and your friends, schools, colleges and businesses to enjoy a cuppa as part of its annual fundraising Cream Teas in a box campaign.

Wonderfully scrumptious and refreshing British Cream Teas will be delivered directly to doors on Thursday 18 June 2015.

This year, the perfect afternoon pick-me-up (which comes in a box priced just £6) will contain two freshly baked scones, two small jars of strawberry jam, Rodda’s Cornish clotted cream, and three strawberry crème chocolates, as well as the more traditional Yorkshire Tea, knife and serviette.

cream teas for action medical research

Tracey Edwards, Action’s Cream Tea Events Manager, “Come on, why not take a tea break for charity? You know you deserve it! Place the minimum order of 10 to bond over a brew with friends, other mums, or colleagues and help raise funds for sick babies and children. The choice of scone topping is yours – jam and/or cream, or maybe have ‘tea with a twist’ and choose banana and chocolate sprinkles!”

The charity’s mascot, Paddington Bear™, likes his scones piled high with marmalade, Dr Dawn Harper, from Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies, likes hers with more ‘real strawberry’ than jam and BBC Correspondent Katie Adie likes a ‘classic’ (with jam either on top or underneath).

paddington with marmalade for action medical research cream teas

Celebrity chef Lesley Waters is once again supporting the Action Cream Teas. Well-known for her regular television appearances on Ready Steady Cook and This Morning, Lesley is also a former Head Tutor of Leith’s School of Food & Wine, author of several Cookery Books, and runs her own cookery school. Lesley’s ‘twist’ is that she’s often partial to a savoury scone with cheese and her home-made Tamarind, Pear and Date Chutney (recipe below). She says:

“I’m delighted to be supporting Action Medical Research’s Cream Teas because, quite simply, they taste delicious. Traditional fare for a perfect afternoon – splendid! Just put the kettle on, relax, have a chat and help raise vital funds for the children’s charity.”

Order online by 5 June 2015: www.action.org.uk/cream-teas

Research is the key to saving many children from a lifetime of suffering, yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded. Action Medical Research is currently funding work around stillbirth, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy and brain cancer, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

Lesley’s Tamarind, Pear and Date Chutney Recipe, to be served with a savoury scone and cheese

TAMARIND, PEAR AND DATE CHUTNEY

25g (1oz) butter

1 onion, cut into chunky, wedge like strips

85g light muscovado sugar

150mls (1/4 pint) beer

3 teaspoons tamarind

2 ripe dessert pears, cored and thickly sliced

170g (6oz) fresh dates, roughly chopped

In a large frying pan, heat the butter. Add the onion and cook for 10 minutes over a very low heat until softened. Increase the heat, stir in the sugar and cook for 2-3 minutes until golden.

Stir in the beer, tamarind, pears and dates. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes until the pears and dates have softened. Then remove the lid and cook uncovered for a further 5 minutes until slightly reduced and chutney like.

Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity working to save and change children’s lives through medical research. We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 like the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world. Charity reg.nos 208701 and SC039284.