Celebs sip tea for charity

19:45, May 04 2012
Hospice Cuppa
Sweet treats line the table at Auckland's Hospice Cuppa.
Hospice Cuppa
Former All Black Alan Whetton and recently crowned Miss World New Zealand Collette Lochore.
Hospice Cuppa
Performer Tina Cross used her ukelele to entertained guests at the Hospice Cuppa.
Hospice Cuppa
Hospice Cuppa organiser Barbara Williams, chief executive of Hospice West Auckland.
Hospice Cuppa
Tina Cross and Carol Herbert of North Shore Hospice share a cuppa.
Hospice Cuppa
North Shore Hospice workers Kirsty Mower and Jo Hadley keep cups topped up at the Hospice Cuppa.

Auckland celebrities gathered on Friday for a cup of tea to raise awareness for Hospice New Zealand.

Among supporters at the Hospice Cuppa event were Warriors player Michael Luck, TV cook Annabelle White, Colin Mathura-Jeffree and entertainer Tina Cross, who sang.

Former All Black Allan Whetton, whose mother died of cancer two years ago, spoke about how hospice helped her manage pain and support the family during her illness.

The Hospice Cuppa will run through Hospice Appeal week from May 14 to 18.

The initiative is open to all members of the public who want to host an event for friends and family to raise awareness and money for the organisation.

Free tea will be provided by Dilmah and L'Affare will provide coffee. The only prerequisite is that guests give a donation.

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Auckland Hospices provide care to people who live with terminal illnesses and support their families.

It will cost around $75 million to keep the 34 hospices across the country running in 2012. Although the organisation receives government funding, the shortfall comes to around $30m.

Hospice workers made 155,000 home visits to those suffering from life-limited illnesses in 2011.

To hold your own Hospice Cuppa event, register at www.hospicecuppa.co.nz

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