A blooming great party

Meldon Park near Morpeth owners Emily and James Cookson helped to raise �2,762 for Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle and seen at the handover are (left to right) Michelle Foggo- Administrator, Chef Chris Cutler, Meldon Park owner Emily Cookson and Lisa Corfield-Marie Curie Community Fundraiser.
Meldon Park near Morpeth owners Emily and James Cookson helped to raise �2,762 for Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle and seen at the handover are (left to right) Michelle Foggo- Administrator, Chef Chris Cutler, Meldon Park owner Emily Cookson and Lisa Corfield-Marie Curie Community Fundraiser.

IT was full steam ahead for a revamped Northumberland visitor attraction as it hosted a Blooming Great Tea Party.

The Kitchen Garden at Meldon Park raised an impressive £2,762 for Marie Curie Cancer Care at the event as more than 200 people called in to support it.

Cake sales, tombolas and a live band helped to boost the total.

And it was a special weekend for Meldon Park owners Emily and James Cookson as the Kitchen Garden had featured on popular Channel 4 show Country House Rescue the evening before the grand event took place.

All of the money raised will go towards providing free care for people with terminal cancer and other illnesses, whether in their own homes or at the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle.

Marie Curie Community Fundraiser Lisa Corfield said: “We are incredibly impressed with the hard work and amazing amount raised from the Kitchen Garden Blooming Great Tea Party.

“The money will help us pay for 12 days of care for a patient at our inpatient unit in our Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle.

“Thank you to everyone who helped behind the scenes, baking, pouring tea and sourcing prizes to make this a party to remember.”

The charity hopes the party will be just the start of a series of events in the area as it has recently set up a Morpeth fund-raising group.

Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Ms Corfield on 0191 219 1205.

To get help from the Marie Curie nursing service talk to your GP, district nurse or discharge nurse.

For more information visit www.mariecurie.org.uk