Win a Rose & Lily Hand-tied and Support Breast Cancer Care

by Bethany Day on July 9, 2012

Breast Cancer Care Strawberry TeaEvery summer Breast Cancer Care asks their supporters to get baking and host a Strawberry Tea to raise money for people living with breast cancer.

All you need to do to take part is get together with your friends and family, buy or bake some cakes, add some strawberries, put the kettle on and away you go. And it doesn’t matter if you raise £20 or £200 at your Strawberry Tea because every penny will help the charity support the 50,000 people diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

Providing emotional support and information services, Breast Cancer Care is there for anyone affected by breast cancer. It’s a cause that we’ve been supporting since September 2005 and to date we’ve raised more than £650,000 for the charity. Much of this success has been generated through the fantastic response we’ve had to the launch of our beautiful pink Rose and Lily Hand-tied, of which 10% of the sales are donated to Breast Cancer Care.

Pink Rose and Lily Hand-tied

And now, to celebrate the season of Strawberry Tea, we’re offering you the chance to win one of these beautiful bouquets for yourself or a loved one. We think it’s the perfect centrepiece for your fundraising event!

To enter simply leave a comment telling us who you would most like to invite to your Strawberry Tea and why. Entries must be received by 5pm Friday 13th July 2012. The winner will be notified by email on Monday 16th July.

To find out more about the work of Breast Cancer Care or to request your Strawberry Tea fundraising pack please visit

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Kate Cunningham 09 Jul 2012 at 10:49 am

I would invite some of the older generation from the Old Folks Home near me. They have such stories to tell and always appreciate a good cup of tea in a china cup and the chance for a wee blether.

Gemma Turner 09 Jul 2012 at 10:52 am

I’d love to invite Kate Middleton, so I could quiz her on the inside gossip from the Palace and ask her what it’s like to be a Duchess!?

Lucy Pasifull 09 Jul 2012 at 11:10 am

I would have my Grandmother to tea as she died when I was only a few weeks old and I have hundreds of questions for her.

Ashleigh 09 Jul 2012 at 1:21 pm

My gran who is still here and my grandad who is not x

Kat Dray 09 Jul 2012 at 1:43 pm

My Mum. I don’t get to see her as often as I’d like as she doesn’t live very close by, so I take any opportunity to have a good chat with her 🙂 .

Julie Cook 09 Jul 2012 at 1:44 pm

Richard Branson – to see if he really is the thoroughly nice bloke he seems!

Anna White 09 Jul 2012 at 1:45 pm

I would invite all of the Beatles so we could sing ‘Strawberry Tea Forever’!!

Beverley 09 Jul 2012 at 1:46 pm

I would invite all the ladies who were in my breast cancer support group. We lost touch and I would love to know how they’re all doing and if they’ve managed to move on from the various problems we encountered.

claire 09 Jul 2012 at 1:46 pm

i’d love a get together with my family, who i don’t see so much, as they live far away.

Jason 09 Jul 2012 at 1:55 pm

My Mum simply because she’s awesome. She’s always tempted by the flowers on your website yet never treats herself!

kerrie burslem 09 Jul 2012 at 4:20 pm

all my female relatives for all generations treat

Emma Craven 09 Jul 2012 at 5:15 pm

My best mate Jennifer, who needs a treat right now whilst she undergoes yet more surgery. Always read to help me with love and support, I only hope I can give her half as much…

audrey halliday 09 Jul 2012 at 5:16 pm

I would invite all the young people at my church kids church and youth group, I feel sometimes these kids get a raw deal and I am sure they would enjoy this.

Mel Chambers 09 Jul 2012 at 5:46 pm

I’d invite .. ecverybody, the more the merrier! There’s nothing like getting all your friends together 🙂

Stephanie Harrison 09 Jul 2012 at 6:56 pm

I would invite Betty Westgate, the founder of Breast Cancer Care to see what she thought of the organisation now and campaigns like the ‘Strawberry teas.’

Emma Howard 09 Jul 2012 at 8:16 pm

My mum because she lives abroad and it’s ages since I’ve seen her

Maya Russell 09 Jul 2012 at 8:23 pm

I’d like to invite my children’s wonderful teachers.

Fiona 09 Jul 2012 at 8:39 pm

my brother who i don’t see often enough

michelle dootson 09 Jul 2012 at 9:09 pm

my mum

Karen osgerby 09 Jul 2012 at 9:10 pm

I would invite my dad and all the heart warriors of Leeds children’s heart surgery as my dad isn’t here anymore and he’s missed so much and all those little warriors who have to go through so much in their life and their parents too. Life is too short to take things for granted.

Alexis Pettie 09 Jul 2012 at 9:18 pm

I would love to invite Nelson Mandela or Muhammod Ali to my tea. Both have lead an amazing life themselves, and have faced adversity and hatred.

JOANNA MILLS 09 Jul 2012 at 9:51 pm

I would love to treat my mother in law to be as the wedding seems to be all about the grooms family welcoming me to their family so I would like to make sure I welcome her to my family

zoe goodwin 09 Jul 2012 at 10:08 pm

I’d invite, my Gran, Mum, Sister and My Daughter – A strawberry tea with 4 generations of amazing ladies!

Richard Talbot-Ashby 10 Jul 2012 at 10:15 am

I would invite my ancestors! I would love to know more about my family history! Oh, and of course my beautiful new wife would be very welcome 😉

jenny cowley 10 Jul 2012 at 10:25 am

I would invite all the breast care nurses who gave me great support !!!

Elizabeth Smith 10 Jul 2012 at 10:54 am

Bill Oddie, he has so much knowledge of wildlife, is very funny and I’d like to understand how he manages his bi-polar

LISA WRIGHT 10 Jul 2012 at 11:25 am

i would invite my nana as she doesnt get many luxuries now shes 82!

ColetteMellor 10 Jul 2012 at 12:16 pm

I would invite my big sister as we lead such busy lives these days that we never make time to catch up properly and I miss our girlie chats.

Sarah Bailey 10 Jul 2012 at 12:20 pm

I would invite my Mum I love catching up with her on an afternoon x

Madalaine Collins 10 Jul 2012 at 1:27 pm

I would love to invite The Duchess of Cambridge around for tea as she would be delightful company.

Jill Fitz 10 Jul 2012 at 2:21 pm

I would invite my mum and dad and my gran, so they can see how my life has turned out and how happy I am with the man of my dreams. They all passed away before my life changed.

Jane Davies 10 Jul 2012 at 2:45 pm

I’d most like to invite my Nan, she can’t really get out the house much anymore (bar the odd hospital appointment) and this would be something she’d love !

Alison Bruce 10 Jul 2012 at 4:01 pm

I would like to invite my husband to my strawberry tea and tell him how much he means to me.

Nicola Barlow 10 Jul 2012 at 4:46 pm

I would love to invite my whole family and friends , all the people that have supported me and helped me raise awareness and fundraising for breast cancer care. All the local nurses and doctors that do a amazing job and caring . And I would do a travelling strawberry tea party. ( in a ice cream van!!) so I could reach everyone and spread happiness and lots of fundraising . )

maureen moss 10 Jul 2012 at 5:12 pm

Alan Titchmarsh……an ordinary chap whos down to earth… who would have lots of gardening tips on how to grow the wonderful flowers in this prize so we could have flowers forever..he does such a lot to help people he deserves a treat too.

Lauren 10 Jul 2012 at 5:16 pm

My mum as I love to have to girlie time with her and she keeps me going when times are tough.

Nicola Reynolds 10 Jul 2012 at 6:55 pm

I’d invite my Mum and my Mother in Law, we’d have a good old chinwag and lots of tea and cake. Ahh perfect!

andrea miles 10 Jul 2012 at 7:26 pm

I would invite my best friends Linda & Fiona as we live a long way from each other & I don’t see them often enough

Hazel Rea 10 Jul 2012 at 7:38 pm

Stephen Fry because he knows so much about everything the conversation would be fascinating – and because he has so many anecdotes about the rich and famous.

Hayley Todd 10 Jul 2012 at 7:49 pm

I would invite all our close family to my strawberry tea as we live all over the country and don’t tend to get together very often due to distances, work etc, but we always make the effort if there is a family party or celebration but this last year has been very difficult as family members have passed away suddenly and been diagnosed with terminal illnesses and we have all been together since these events, so it would be lovely to have all my close family round together again for a special tea!

Laura Pritchard 10 Jul 2012 at 8:58 pm

David Attenborough, I’d happily spend hours hearing about his botany stories!

Kathleen Lynch 10 Jul 2012 at 9:24 pm

I’d invite my best friend, I don’t get to see her as much as I would like.

Belinda Sopal 10 Jul 2012 at 9:35 pm

I would love to have the courage to invite the beautiful boy from across the road. He smiles at me every morning on my way to work and I get butterflies – I would love to get to know him a little bit better over a lovely strawberry tea – that would make my summer one of the best.. xx

Sharon Hingley 10 Jul 2012 at 10:19 pm

I’d love to invite Nicole Kidman who has done so much to support Breast cancer , and my friend Rachel, who has just beaten it and had breast reconstruction. Along with friends and supporters we could plan fund raising and having Nicole there I;m sure would attract more supporters.

Katherine C 11 Jul 2012 at 5:27 am

My best friend as she moved to Australia last year and I’d love to see her and just chat.

lyndsey b 11 Jul 2012 at 8:43 am

I would invite my grandmother who I have not seen in a few months, I miss her! I live miles away from her and I know how much she loves catching up with me and enjoying a cake or two!

Emma Thompson 11 Jul 2012 at 8:53 am

I would invite my dear Friend Kira. She lost her mum after a very long fight to Breast Cancer last Autumn (Days before her 25th Birthday). My dear friend has no-one else in the world except her two beautiful children, she is the strongest person I know. I would love to spoil her and indulge her with cake and strawberries 🙂

Alison 11 Jul 2012 at 9:10 am

I’d love to invite Professor Higgs and find out how it feels having his theories nearly proved by CERN years after he thought of them

Susan Ocock 11 Jul 2012 at 10:13 am

All the women who were in hospital with me 10 years ago when I was being treated and my friends/acquaintances who are going through it now to give them something positive and fun.

Toyah Rusby 11 Jul 2012 at 11:58 am

I would invite my mam who lives 100 miles away from me. She is very poorly at the moment and in some considerable pain. Id really love to cheer her up x

elaine stokes 11 Jul 2012 at 12:48 pm

I would invite my 90 year old gran, because she deserves something nice.

Toni Boyer 11 Jul 2012 at 2:51 pm

My mum who passed away 3 years ago and my daughters so the youngest could meet my amazing mum. My mum would’ve bought me flowers too! She loved suprising people like that.

Rikka B. 11 Jul 2012 at 3:25 pm

Me Ma of course.

Jo 11 Jul 2012 at 4:27 pm

I would invite my mum because we have the best chats ever !!

Galina V 11 Jul 2012 at 5:18 pm

I’d invite my Mum first of all, she is a hero, travelling once a year from Russia by coach to see her grandchildren (she cannot fly for health reasons, and it takes her over 4 days to get here). And I’d invite the other Mums from my son’s school, Mums who are carers for children with special needs, because they deserve a treat.

Bonnie King 11 Jul 2012 at 5:47 pm

I would invite my mum and my nan. I don’t see my mum as often as I would like and I very rarely see my nan as she lives in Australia. I would love to treat them to some strawberry tea and cupcakes.

Zachary Hudson 11 Jul 2012 at 7:04 pm

My dear departed dad – he loved tea and I do miss him so much

Michelle Sykes 11 Jul 2012 at 8:00 pm

My sister – we love to natter and strawberry tea and cupcakes would make it perfect.

Diane Jackson 11 Jul 2012 at 9:37 pm

I’d like to invite June, my mother in law (not with us any longer and sorely missed). She loved a good chin wag over a lovely cup of tea

Liz 11 Jul 2012 at 11:42 pm

I would invite everyone who volunteers for Breast Cancer Care, they are amazing, every one of them. They give their time and energy for free to support anyone who needs them, friendship, hope, understanding, money they give it all!

Sue McCarthy 12 Jul 2012 at 6:40 am

My boyfriend of course.

Lauren Main 12 Jul 2012 at 7:51 am

I would invite my great grandmother who has sadly passed away. She loved a cuppa here and there, and we have so much catching up to do 🙂

kerry Locke 12 Jul 2012 at 8:58 am

I would invite Andy Murray – he could do with some cheering up after sunday – and I bet he missed out on his strawberries and cream at Wimbledon!!!

katie corr 12 Jul 2012 at 9:16 am

the animated character strawberry shortcake because ive not seen her for ages+i used to have tea parties with her years ago!

toni austin 12 Jul 2012 at 10:12 am

I’d invite my nana to tea, she’s been living in a nursing hoe for over 4 years after a severe stroke, but i’d love to have her for tea back when she was well, that would mean my grandad would still be with us to come too! If i win i’m giving the flowers to my nan, she needs them.

Meryl Rees 12 Jul 2012 at 10:45 am

I would invite Terry Pratchett as I’ve just started reading his books (I know, late starter) and he seems such a funny entertaining man, so sad that he’s ill.

melanie crumpton 12 Jul 2012 at 12:28 pm

My mum.. she deserves to be spoilt!

Nicola White 12 Jul 2012 at 1:17 pm

I would invite my nan, as bless her she is now 102 years old, and i would love to treat her to something special as she desevers a treat x

Joanna Seymour 12 Jul 2012 at 1:57 pm

my Mum and Sister who have been so supportive and understanding through my mental illness – they are my rocks and they are always there for me no matter what’s going on in their lives (my sister’s currently 28 weeks pregnant with my wonderful niece number 4). And the district nurses who provided wonderful care for my Grandma when she was dying to say thank you.

Romana Richards 12 Jul 2012 at 2:17 pm

I’d like to invite Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. I had the chance to meet her recently and, you know, she exceeded my expectations and seems a lovely person.

dana adams 12 Jul 2012 at 2:54 pm

I would invite every female in my family, especially my mother in law who has had a tough few years. I would give her the flowers, as beautiful as she is.

Laura Finch 12 Jul 2012 at 3:49 pm

i would invite my mum and best friend because those r the people who would loe it the most plus i would give the flowers to my mum x

di dilly 12 Jul 2012 at 3:57 pm

My friend Heidi. We are both breast cancer survivors but she is a great inspiration. Offering support through my treatment and now fund raising over £12000 for the cause in the past year. What a woman.

sarah fleck 12 Jul 2012 at 4:04 pm

My whole family

Michelle Murray 12 Jul 2012 at 4:19 pm

I would invite andy murray because i’m sure when he is working hard at wimbledon to get the trophy he doesnt have time to enjoy strawberries and cream like the rest of us so this would be my special treat for him for reaching the final. Well done Andy

lorraine polley 12 Jul 2012 at 4:52 pm

i would like to invite my mum and best friend who are both breast cancer survivors

kerry lawrence 12 Jul 2012 at 6:54 pm

I would love to invite Linda McCartney. She unfortunately lost her battle to breast cancer but I think she would love a good old british tea party! 🙂

Elaine Livingstone 12 Jul 2012 at 7:19 pm

I would love to say my gran as I miss her terribly, but as that is not possible then the girls from work.

Janine Atkin 12 Jul 2012 at 7:27 pm

id invite my mum. thers nothing better than a good old gossip with your mum whilst scoffing some delish food!

sue willshee 12 Jul 2012 at 7:27 pm

I’d invite andy Murray. I cried along with him when he lost the Wimbledon final and I think he needs a little cheering up. He must see so many people tucking into their own ‘strawberry teas’ at SW19 so it would be nice to invite him to mine.

Sheri Darby 12 Jul 2012 at 7:28 pm

My family of course

Jackie Talbot 12 Jul 2012 at 7:59 pm

I would invite actress Joanna Lumley, she would tell me all about her travels, and the interesting people she has met, and also about her fight for Ghurka’s rights, she is an inspirational lady.

Elizabeth yeates 12 Jul 2012 at 8:13 pm

i would bring my friends from my theatre company as we always have lots of fun together

Dawn Adams 12 Jul 2012 at 9:18 pm

I’d invite my friend Christine, she may be old enough to be my Mother but we have such a giggle.

Ellen Stafford 12 Jul 2012 at 10:04 pm

I would invite Jules Hudson because he is a lovely man and I would love to be able to have a nice chat with him 🙂

Alex Brownlee 12 Jul 2012 at 10:14 pm

I’d invite David Beckham, so I can find out what he is really like in person

Amanda Richardson 12 Jul 2012 at 10:14 pm

I would love to invite my dad one last time to tell him that I loved and miss him so much.

Sharon Curran 12 Jul 2012 at 10:53 pm

I would invite a family friend Wyn. She is 94 years old and though battling breast cancer at the moment she insists on living life to the full and making the most of her time. She is full of amazing stories and I can sit and listen to her for hours. I couldn’t imagine anyone better to share a lovely afternoon tea with.

Pauline 12 Jul 2012 at 11:06 pm

I would like to invite my mum because she always brightens my day & cheers me up. Always! x

DANIELLE VEDMORE 12 Jul 2012 at 11:53 pm

I would invite everyone and anyone! The more the merrier! xoxo

Shelley Jessup 13 Jul 2012 at 12:03 am

I would like to invite the staff from the local cancer care unit that I met when I was receiving chemotherapy as they are so knowledge I think they would provide great advice not just on breast cancer but other health issues. There is also a lovely lady that works there that is providing aromathepry massages for patients & I’d like her to give some relaxation techniques too.

Sandra Geddes 13 Jul 2012 at 12:04 am

My favourite aunt who did recently, would love a last tea and chat with her x

Hannah Whitling 13 Jul 2012 at 12:21 am

I’d invite my mum, she passed away 6 years ago, and at the time life was tough for the whole family. She was a beast cancer sufferer before passing away from the treatment. I’d love to have her see how life has turned around for me and my brother and that, finally, we’ve found some happiness in our lives. I’d love to have a good giggle like the old days with her. We were best friends as well as mother and daughter, do did almost everything together. The bouquet in the competition is exactly the bouquet she always loved, so just coming on this page has got me picturing her when happy again.

kyle 13 Jul 2012 at 12:42 am

I’d invite the Rolling Stones. I think tea would be suitable for them to celebrate there 50th anniversary. I’m sure they would love it 🙂

Angela McDonald 13 Jul 2012 at 1:02 am

I’d love to invite my uncle (who we lost to brain cancer) and all the nurses who helped him every day in the Marie Curie hospice

Angie Hoggett 13 Jul 2012 at 1:32 am

I would invite my mum, she deserves a pamper!

Kerry lawrence 13 Jul 2012 at 3:08 am

I would love to invite Linda McCartney! She sadly lost her fight with breast cancer. Such an awesome woman and I reckon she would have loved a good old English tea party. 🙂

Mark Whittaker 13 Jul 2012 at 6:00 am

I would invite my mum, she is having such a hard time at the moment caring for my step dad who has lung cancer, a break from that, however short would be wonderful x

katie 13 Jul 2012 at 7:37 am

i would invite my mother in law as she has been affected by cancer in her life and lost many loved ones and she is the strongest person i know in how she helped the rest of her family cope with no regard for her self.

kristy brown 13 Jul 2012 at 7:54 am

I would invite the Secretary of Defence so that I can explain how his cutbacks are affecting us Forces families and our soldiers face to face. We’re fed up of hearing how we are going to have our ‘housing refurbished’. There are more important matters such as continuity of health care when we move every 2 years (and go back to the bottom of every waiting list) Government has the misconception that we are happy with their policies and I think they need to talk to those of us directly involved.

Zoe Firth 13 Jul 2012 at 8:55 am

I’d invite my Mum 🙂

nikki 13 Jul 2012 at 9:30 am

I would invite my 89 yr old grandmother who’s waiting for test results at the minute after being so ill the past 6 months, and spending 80% of the time in bed. She’s a independant woman, and verv proud, but since she’s become ill she’s been a frail little lady. Unable to take care of my disabled uncle anymore who is in a wheelchair either. So I would do anything just to make her smile and feel precious once more. X and make her forget about all her pain.

Rachael G 13 Jul 2012 at 9:33 am

I would invite my Mum and my sisters as we very rarely all get together.

Christine Hayes 13 Jul 2012 at 9:35 am

I would invite all the people who have shaped my life both negatively and positively so I can show them what I have achieved with and without them.

Anna Wilds 13 Jul 2012 at 9:53 am

I would invite Russel Brand for strawberry tea, hes sexy, intelligent and funny and I think we would have a thoroughly splendid time!!!

Laura 13 Jul 2012 at 9:59 am

I would invite my family & friends to say thank you for their help & support

LISA SCOTT 13 Jul 2012 at 10:24 am

I would invite my little girls nursery teacher to my strawberry tea, We couldn’t have asked for a nicer person to settle our little princess into school life and the kids would be so excited to have the teacher for tea! x

AJ 13 Jul 2012 at 10:31 am


Michelle G 13 Jul 2012 at 10:50 am

This would be the sort of thing I’d have shared with my friend Em, who I lost to breast cancer when she was 33

Hazel Christopher 13 Jul 2012 at 12:05 pm

I would most like to invite my friend Claire, we haven’t seen each other in a few years now and it would be lovely for our little ones to finally meet.

miss emma hogan 13 Jul 2012 at 12:50 pm

I would like to invite my sister who has just had a baby and she would love a strawberry tea!

Ceri Kay 13 Jul 2012 at 1:23 pm

I would most like to invite my husband to my strawberry tea, just so we can spend some relaxed time together!

Christine Taylor 13 Jul 2012 at 1:31 pm

I would invite all the nurses, doctors, consultants and reception staff at the ward that cared for me when I had breast cancer back in 1999 !!! Can’t thank them enough ! X

Helen Moulden 13 Jul 2012 at 1:32 pm

I would invite my mum and grandma to Strawberry Tea so we could all have a good old natter!

Elizabeth G 13 Jul 2012 at 1:59 pm

I would invite my lovely Mother-in-Law as we really didn’t get to spend enough time getting to know each other before she sadly died from cancer far, far too young. I’d love her to meet her grand-daughter.

Gemma gwynne 13 Jul 2012 at 2:13 pm

I would love to invite my best friend Toni who sadly lost her battle with cancer aged 21 🙁 I miss her everyday and one more day with her would be fab xx

Catherine Gregory 13 Jul 2012 at 3:45 pm

It would be my Mum and sister, both have been in and out of hospital lately so a cheer up is much needed and a natter of a cup of tea

Katherine Grant 13 Jul 2012 at 4:12 pm

I’d invite my two late grandmothers. I lost one when I was only six and the other just a few years ago. I miss both dearly, but at least when I’m asleep and dreaming I can have tea with them.

Natalie Blyth 13 Jul 2012 at 5:52 pm

my mum

shirley harpley 13 Jul 2012 at 5:56 pm

My best friend, as work doesnt allow us to get together anywhere near enough.

susan thornton 13 Jul 2012 at 9:32 pm

I would invite my Mother and Grandmother who are no longer here and have a lovely tea party before saying goodbye properly xx

Gary Topley 13 Jul 2012 at 9:41 pm

I would invite Sabrina Salerno as she was my childhood crush and I would love to meet her to see what she is really like now I am older.

Summer Rowley 13 Jul 2012 at 11:15 pm

I would invite my parents because they have done so much for me and they are always there when I need them. They always love tea too so it will be lovely to do something for them for a change instead of them always helping me.

Carrie Talbot-Ashby 14 Jul 2012 at 12:58 am

Ok you want me to be honest? I am a mum of four, and I work very hard. So I am going to have to say I would actually relish the alone time! Every time I buy myself a treat I end up feeling guilty and split it with my youngsters, so to have an entire strawberry ( my favourite!) tea would be Heaven! I would lock the door & scoff the lot, then feel guilty, and then probably try to buy my childrens love back with chocolate! 😀

laura jones 16 Jul 2012 at 6:10 pm

it would be so nice to be able to invite family who have left us all sadly from cancer, my parents grandparents my cousin who died of breast cancer at 42 a super way of saying all we never had chance to say and seeing them all again

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