Blue Cross launches charity tea party

TV stars Arlene Phillips CBE and Made in Chelsea‘s Cheska Hull have joined forces with Blue Cross to unveil the pet charity’s Tea Party 2013 campaign. 

Blue Cross – the charity that has been helping sick, injured and homeless pets since 1987 – is encouraging members of the public to host their own tea parties on 10 May to raise money to help the thousands of animals in its care across the country.

One of those pets was young cat Lola, found abandoned, alone and pregnant in an empty property in Devon. Luckily, she was brought to the Blue Cross rehoming centre in Torbay where she gave birth to three kittens, Levi, Lotto and Lemmy a couple of weeks later. Thanks to the team at Blue Cross, Lola’s kittens had a happy, healthy start to life and all three and their mum have now been found loving new homes.

Arlene and Cheska are part of a team of animal-loving celebrities who have all designed their own special edition pet-themed teapots that will be auctioned to raise funds to help make a difference to the lives of thousands of pets in Blue Cross care. The celebrities who have created teapots include Laura Hamilton, Sinitta, Felicity Kendal, Kristina Rihanoff and Jenni Falconer.

Cheska Hull said: “I am a huge animal lover and it’s heartbreaking that there are so many pets out there that don’t have a loving home. The work the Blue Cross does helps to ensure they can get a second chance at life.”

Arlene Phillips added: “I have been busy mastering my baking skills for the Blue Cross Tea Party and I want to appeal to all the pet lovers out there to do the same.  With a huge rise in stray and abandoned pets over the last few years, Blue Cross needs our help more than ever to continue caring for animals in need.”

The auction will take place online from 2 to 12 May, so don’t miss out on your chance to get involved and bid on your favourite pet-inspired teapot by visiting or to order your free tea party host pack full of ideas and recipes, visit


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