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Ringtons is brewing up a Blooming Great fund with Marie Curie

Tea and coffee expert Ringtons is supporting terminal illness charity Marie Curie, in a perfectly brewed partnership.

The family business is supporting the charity’s Blooming Great Tea Party fundraising campaign by launching a limited-edition hamper collection, a specially commissioned tea pack and by donating tea bags to Marie Curie’s nine hospices.

Supported by TV personality Mel Giedroyc, the Blooming Great Tea Party encourages everyone to get together with friends, family or colleagues to hold a tea party, bake sale or special tea break in aid of Marie Curie in June.

The Ringtons ‘Blooming Great Big’ and ‘Cosy Great’ online-only hampers have been specifically created in partnership with Marie Curie with a donation from the sale of every hamper being made to the charity.

Famed for its traditional doorstep delivery service, wholesale division and private label packing business, Ringtons is also donating over 45,000 tea bags to all nine of Marie Curie’s UK-wide hospices throughout the month of June – keeping the hospices’ patients and visitors refreshed and helping to generate funds from hot tea sales.

The specially commissioned hampers and tea packs are available for purchase from the Ringtons website and Marie Curie online shop, while the limited-edition Marie Curie tea pack is available via a number of Marie Curie shops with a donation from each sale going straight to Marie Curie.

Jon Malton, Divisional Director for Ringtons said: “Marie Curie has been providing invaluable support to those living with terminal illnesses and their families for over 80 years.  A comforting cup of tea is a really British way to unite people during times of trouble and we are proud to be able to support Marie Curie with this partnership.  We are donating a percentage of each hamper sold on our website directly to Marie Curie and the charity is also able to keep 100% of the profits from the sale of our limited-edition tea packs which are being sold through Marie Curie’s retail shops.  We are delighted to be able to help raise money and awareness of the charity’s good work via this partnership.”

Marie Curie provides free care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families, offering expert care, guidance and support to help people make the most of the time they have together.   More than 2,000 Marie Curie Nurses and nine hospices supported over 50,000 people living with terminal illness last year and gave support to many thousands more. However there are still a large number of people who don’t get the care and support they need.

Holly Buckley, Senior Partnerships Manager at Marie Curie said: “Marie Curie Nurses support the whole family, and typically spend an entire night with one patient in their own home, giving family peace of mind and the opportunity for some much needed rest – knowing their loved one is in safe hands. Additionally our hospices offer specialist round-the-clock care, including inpatient care and day care services, as well as bereavement and counselling support all in a friendly, welcoming environment. The support from Ringtons helps us to continue providing these vital services. What’s more, this partnership is particularly poignant as we know that putting the kettle on and speaking to patients and loved ones over a cuppa can sometimes be one of the first things our Nurses, and hospice staff do when supporting people.”

Ringtons was established in 1907 by Samuel Smith who delivered tea to households throughout the north east via horse and cart.  Today the family-business operates throughout the UK via it’s doorstep delivery service, business-to-business division Ringtons Beverages and online store. The Ringtons Packing Division supplies some of the UK’s leading supermarkets and retailers with a wide range of private label tea and infusion products.

To find out more about Marie Curie’s Blooming Great Tea Party go to:  To purchase the Ringtons and Marie Curie limited edition hampers and tea visit:

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