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A Tea to Help the Hungry

by glynch — last modified 17 Aug, 2016 02:09 PM

Christian-based charity asks people to have an afternoon tea to raise money for the hungry

Despite the rise of alternative afternoon teas Brits just can’t live without scones with clotted cream and jam. In a poll commissioned by The Trussell Trust, over half (51%) of people picked the traditional sweet treat as a must-have however cucumber sandwiches just scraped into the top 10, with just 13 % of people choosing the sandwich in their top three.

Findings have been released by The Trussell Trust, an anti-poverty charity based on Christian principles, to gauge opinions on the most loved afternoon tea choices to promote Tea for Trussell, the charity’s new fundraising event sponsored by Waitrose. The invitation to have a hot drink with a volunteer who has time to listen can make all the difference when someone in crisis walks through the doors of a foodbank. The significance of the cups of tea and chats, which take place in foodbanks nationwide every day, is reflected in ‘Tea for Trussell’ – which encourages people across the UK to hold an afternoon tea to help stop UK hunger.

Mark Elling, the Trussell Trust’s events manager, said, “We know that sitting down for a cup of tea, a biscuit and a chat can make all the difference to somebody facing hunger, because of a crisis, when they visit a foodbank. Tea for Trussell is the perfect way for people across the UK to get together with friends, family and colleagues and support our work to help stop UK hunger

“In the UK, 1 in 5 live below the poverty line, so every penny raised will make a difference to people in crisis, helping us provide short-term relief and longer lasting support to people like Marcella, a trained veterinary nurse who found herself needing to use a foodbank when a spinal operation forced her to stop work.

“For example, £100 could help to pay for one foodbank to receive training to deliver debt advice, part of our More Than Food programme that aims to help people break the cycle of poverty by offering immediate help at the point of crisis.

“Whether you choose to spice up your sandwich fillings, or stay true to tradition with a classic spread of sandwiches tea and scones, every penny raised will help The Trussell Trust be there to support people who need us.”

People can host a Tea for Trussell afternoon tea at church, work, home or school to help The Trussell Trust stop UK hunger. Visit for more information, and to register for your free fundraising pack.

The Trussell Trust is a UK charity with a 420-strong network of foodbanks, which provide a minimum of three days’ emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. Last year (2015/16), the charity gave 1,109,309 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis. Money raised through Tea for Trussell will enable The Trussell Trust to help more people break the cycle of poverty.

The Trust is based on Christian principles and was established in Salisbury.

Teatime facts!

The poll, of 2075 adults in the UK, reveals that the most popular sandwich filling is egg mayonnaise with 43% of respondents picking it in their top three. When asked about their preferred tea blend nearly half (47%) of people picked English Breakfast as their favourite.

The top 10 afternoon tea favourites:

  1. Scones with clotted cream and jam (51%)
  2. Victoria sponge (34%)
  3. Egg mayonnaise and cress sandwiches (32%)
  4. Ham and mustard sandwiches (26%)
  5. Shortbread (21%)
  6. Cupcake (21%)
  7. Chocolate digestive (20%)
  8. Tea cakes (18%)
  9. Iced buns (16%)
  10. Cucumber sandwiches (13%)


Egg mayonnaise and cress was the most popular sandwich filling with 43% of people choosing it in their top three. Tuna mayonnaise (41%), cheese and pickle (40%), ham and mustard (34%) and chicken mayonnaise (34%) completed the top five sandwich fillings. The traditional cucumber sandwich languished in eighth place with just 17% choosing the filling as one of the top three sandwich choices.

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