Afternoon tea session by mother and daughter raises £1,983

Louise Steggall, from the cancer information services at the West Suffolk Hospital, with Andrea and Jodie Davey. Photo: My WiSH Charity.

Mother and daughter Andrea and Jodie Davey teamed up to hold a pop up Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea session for charity.

It was held at Melton Pavilion, near Woodbridge, and resulted in £1,983 being raised for My WiSH, which supports the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and includes the West Suffolk Hospital as well as Newmarket Hospital and community services.  

The money is being directed towards the Macmillan Unit at the hospital in Bury St Edmunds and will be going towards a garden project for the cancer information centre. 

Andrea, who lives in Pakenham, has been operating her catering business Elite Cakes, for the past 34 years, while her daughter, who lives in Kesgrave, is a relative newcomer who has been operating Kitty Bakes since 2020.

The pair decided to join forces for the event with nearly 100 teas being created and sold bringing in nearly £1,400. Up to 80 people sat down for the event to enjoy the delicious fare, while a further 30 were takeaways. The rest of the money was raised from a bumper raffle.

Tickets for the event sold out within two minutes after Jodie advertised the session on her website.

They decided they wanted the money to go to the cancer unit as Andrea said “people that are close to our hearts” have been treated at the unit.

Jodie, created Kitty Bakes after being made redundant following the first lockdown and while on furlough took up baking. Along with her family they transformed a 1960s horse box into a mobile sweet treat trailer and the business has gone from strength to strength.

Andrea said: “Jodie located the venue and put up the pop up tea on her website and it sold out within two minutes. We managed to get some wonderful prizes for the raffle from Jodie’s friends who are all small business owners.

“All of the money has gone to the Macmillan Unit and we wanted to say to people this is what we raised and this is where it is going.”

Sally Daniels, fundraising manager for My WiSH, met the couple to say “thank you”. 

She said: “It’s great that people are starting to be aware that by supporting My WiSH Charity they can give money directly to the cancer unit in Bury where they or their loved ones are being treated. Jodie and Andrea raised an incredible amount and it will be put to such good use to make a beautiful green space for patients undergoing cancer treatment to enjoy.”

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