Fundraising Feature: A Vintage Day for M.E. | 02 July 2018

July 2, 2018


Helen Hyland, Fundraising Manager, ME Association.

Karen and Hannah Radenkova will be throwing a 1920s ‘Gatsby-themed' tea party in Terrington St. John on Saturday, 11th August, in order to raise awareness of M.E. and funds for the ME Association.

1920s charity tea party

Saturday 11th August in Terrington St. John, Norfolk.

Karen, 63, and her daughter, Hannah, 31, will be holding a classic afternoon tea with a vintage twist at Terrington St. John Methodist Church Hall from 3.00pm.

Guests can expect tea, finger sandwiches, scones and a variety of cakes to be accompanied by live music of the jazz era, a cake auction, and a raffle with prizes donated from local businesses.

Hannah has suffered from M.E. since 2012, and has been housebound with the disease since 2014. She said:

“We’ve managed to get some really great prizes; Majestic cinema tickets, Strikes Bowling, a free cut and blow-dry at Eden Hair Design, to name just a few. People have been really kind.

“Sadly, I won’t be well enough to attend in person, but my friends are really keen to help, and they’ll be dressing up like flappers to serve everyone.

Join in the fun on social media if you can't attend in person: #GatsbyForME

Virtual party also possible

“I hope to be well enough to run a free virtual party at the same time. It’ll be on Twitter and Instagram under #GatsbyForME so feel free to come and join in the fun.”

Hannah has been inspired by all the recent work that ME Association has been doing, including the articles following the inquest into the death of 21 year-old Merryn Crofts and supporting parliamentary speakers at the debate on M.E. in Parliament.

Helen Hyland, the ME Association’s fundraising manager commented:

Email Hannah or phone Karen to book tickets or for more information.

“We are so grateful to Karen and Hannah for all their efforts to raise much needed funds and awareness of this cruel illness.

“And what a novel way to do it – by going back in time to raise funds so that we can support more people with M.E. into the future!

“Thank you ladies for all you are doing for M.E.”

To find out more about the tea party or buy tickets, please email Hannah or call Karen before 8.00pm on 01945 881472.

Costumes at the event are encouraged, but not necessary, and tickets are £6.

If you are unable to attend in person, but would still like to support Hannah and Karen, please visit their JustGiving page.

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