The Big Chocolate Tea Party

The Chocolate Festival hosts The Big Chocolate Tea Party

Derek Moran, 'Milkshake' presenter joined us last year

On 1 April 2012, join us as we team up with The Sick Children’s Trust for the second year running to host The Big Chocolate Tea Party at Southbank Centre, London.

Last year all the families who visited told us how much they enjoyed the activities so we’ve decided to do it all again.

2012 is an extra special year for The Sick Children’s Trust as it is celebrating its 30th Anniversary – quite the milestone as it has supported more then 40,000 families since it began in 1982.

Edd Kimber

Edd Kimber 'The Boy Who Bakes'

In the party this year the charity will be joined by the winner of Great British Bake Off Edd Kimber, ‘The Boy Who Bakes’. There will be lots of family fun activities including cupcake decorating with Edd himself for the children (and adults if you are game) and also an arts and crafts area where the children can create their own colourful teapot drawings and chocolate-tea pictures with lots of glitter, feathers and everything your child will need to bring out the artist in them!

The party will be open from 11am until 11.45am so do stop by and learn all about the wonderful work that this charity does in supporting families when they need each other most.

To find out more about The Sick Children’s Trust please read below or if you’d like to support the charity with a donation please visit here

Who are The Sick Children’s Trust?

Founded in 1982 by two pediatric specialists Dr Jon Pritchard and Professor James Malpas, The Sick Children’s Trust believes that children who face a life-threatening illness need their family’s love and support to help them recover.

The impact of illness on family life.

Very sick children must often travel far from the family home to receive the vital medical care they need. This can create huge difficulties. While parents want to be on hand for their sick child night and day, travelling long distances to and from hospital can place a huge emotional, financial and practical strain on families for instance in terms of sibling childcare. For sick children, who are often confined to hospital for long stretches, the absence of a loving parent in the face of painful illnesses and medical procedures can be deeply traumatic.

How the charity helps.

To help keep families together, the charity provides comfortable accommodation for entire families at hospital sites. Families are welcome to stay in this ‘Home from Home’ for the entire length of the child’s stay in hospital – be it for a few nights or for over a year. It means that sick children need not suffer the anguish of separation in addition to the emotional and physical pain of their illness.

Today The Sick Children’s Trust provides seven such ‘Homes from Home’ at major hospitals up and down the country. Over the years, they have provided more than 35,000 family stays.

Why the charity urgently needs your help.

To run their  ‘Homes from Home’, the charity relies entirely on voluntary donations and has to raise at least £1m every year to keep them open. There are so many different ways you can make a real difference to a very sick child and their family.

Throw your own Big Chocolate Tea Party.

Why not raise some money for this great charity by throwing a Chocolate Tea Party of your own? It’s really simple to organize and great fun. The charity suggests you ask your guests to contribute £1 upwards for an invitation to your Big Chocolate Tea Party and then ask for £1 for each chocolatey treat or cup of tea you serve. We think it’s a great incentive to get baking and share your love of chocolate with family, friends and colleagues.

Count me in!

Stuck for inspiration? Why not download the recipe cards created by some of The Sick Children’s Trust celebrity chef friends.