Coinciding with VE day, Prostate Cancer UK is today launching Tea For Victory - and is urging the nation to sign up and raise vital funds to help the 250,000 men in the UK living with prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer UK is encouraging people to dust off their vintage tea cups, grab their rolling pins and get baking to give the disease its marching orders by holding a 1940s themed Tea For Victory party.
To mark the start of Tea For Victory one of Britain's most acclaimed designers and vintage supporters, Wayne Hemingway, attended a launch tea party at Soho's Secret Tea Room. Hemingway has exclusively designed 40s-style materials, including bunting, table cloths and cake stands, available for people to use at their tea parties.
Designer, Wayne Hemingway, said: 'I love that the charity has decided to celebrate the contribution that the 1940s has made to our lives through Tea For Victory. I realise more and more the value in vintage and how "looking back to look forward" is a progressive way of making sure that great fashion and design never fades, stays available for future generations and is re-evaluated like all great things should be. I'm hoping my designs for this event will inspire people's Tea For Victory parties. Viva La Vintage!'
Top class celebrity chefs, including Nigella Lawson, Rick Stein, Levi Roots, Ken Hom, Thane Prince, Jo Pratt, Angela Hartnett and BBC Masterchef winner Mat Follas are also showing their support for Tea For Victory by creating recipes to inspire the nation. People can read these and hear more from the chefs about why they are getting involved.
Angela Hartnett said: "I grew up in awe of the home-cooking of my Italian grandmother and as a child loved to spend time in her kitchen, soaking up the tastes and smells. So I'm delighted that my delicious Banana Bread will be part of this year's Tea For Victory, for both young and old lovers of cooking to enjoy. Why not give the recipe a whirl and share it with your loved ones at your own tea party - you'll have fun while also helping Prostate Cancer UK support men, provide vital information and fund all-important research."
Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising, at Prostate Cancer UK said: "We believe Tea For Victory has all the right ingredients to ensure support for Prostate Cancer UK rises beautifully. We will bring people together to enjoy two traditional British institutions - cake baking and tea - while raising 'dough' to support those affected by prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men in the UK.
"We are encouraging people to make it 'cake and tea at all costs', use our themed posters and bunting or even wear 1940s style outfits and make cakes with a week's worth of rations! We are determined to win the battle against prostate cancer. We will fight it at the tea table, we will fight it at the street party, and together we'll help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life."
To register, or for more information and a fundraising pack full of ideas and tips, visit our Tea for Victory page or call 0208 222 7137.