PUBLISHED ON: 16 December 2020

After Anna's mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, she decided she wanted to raise money for others in a similar situation. So, she hosted an afternoon tea.

Anna and her mum with their arms around one another outside

Breast Cancer Now is very close to my heart

My mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, and she underwent many weeks of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and had a full mastectomy.

As a family, we can’t pretend we went through what she did, but living through my mum’s diagnosis alongside her - seeing first-hand the emotion, pain and fatigue - was awful. Mum is the strongest person I know, and seeing her crumble was so heart-breaking.

She has now been declared NED (no evidence of disease), but the experience has changed our family’s life and really made us slow down and realise what is important in life.

With my love for baking, I decided to host an Afternoon Tea this year to help raise awareness and money for a great cause. 

It was so lovely to be able to celebrate with people

I always love socialising and hosting gatherings for family and friends, but this Afternoon Tea came at such a crucial moment.

Due to social distancing restrictions at the time, it was the first time I had seen anyone other than my household in four months! Albeit at a distance, it was so lovely to see loved ones, eat good food and raise money for a great cause.

My sister and I baked both sweet and savoury items - some old favourites and some new to try. We also decorated the house with the decorations in the fundraising kit.

My biggest tip is to plan ahead what you want to bake and how long things will take, so you know if you need to bake anything the night before or if you have time on the morning of your event! 


From everyone here in the Afternoon Tea team, thank you for supporting us!

Our Afternoon Teas have looked quite different this year. But with the help of amazing supporters like Anna, we can carry on providing life-changing care and funding world-class research to help people affected by breast cancer.


To find out more about how you can raise money for Breast Cancer Now, be sure to visit our fundraising pages.