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By Ninder Kaur

A full house of more than one hundred and eighty guests enjoyed a real Afternoon Tea experience at Café Zoya, all in the name of charity.

The event, which took place last Sunday was organised by Asian Sunday and Cafe Zoya, in order to raise vital funds to recover cost of damages following a series of vandal attacks at the Bradford Cancer Support Centre.

Afternoon Tea at Zoya's
Afternoon Tea at Zoya’s

Cafe Zoya donated the use of its banqueting suite for free for the tea party, along with their best delicacies. A full afternoon tea menu was created, including a range of macaroons, scones with cream and jam, a range of petits fours, and sandwiches were served alongside teas and coffees.

Whilst guests indulged in their treat, stories were shared by people who had experienced cancer.

The event was a great success and raised £2,700 for the charity. Sarah Wood Services Support Manager at Bradford Cancer Support said: “Well, what can we say? The event was a huge success and we are so grateful for all the wonderful support given and the care shown by everyone. The staff and delicious cakes at Zoya’s, the volunteers who generously gave their time and Asian Sunday all went above and beyond anything we could have hoped for. We wholeheartedly thank everyone who was involved in making the event such a success. It has been living proof of the good a community can achieve in times of distress and what we can accomplish by coming together and supporting each other. You have all supported us to go on and continue supporting those in the Bradford and Airedale district.”

The Bradford Cancer Support Team enjoy Afternoon Tea.
The Bradford Cancer Support Team enjoy Afternoon Tea.

Luke Williams, Support & Community Adviser also added: “The generous donations we have received are greatly appreciated and we look forward to being able to use them towards repairing the damage to our centre. Thank you so much for a truly wonderful Afternoon Tea Party and we can honestly say ‘everyone had a fantastic time’.”

Fatima Patel, founder of Inspirational Women Foundation and a co-organiser of the fundraiser said: “It was a great afternoon. The delicacies provided by Zoya were fantastic, but the community spirit in the room was unbelievable. This is the Bradford I know. Everyone coming together for a fantastic cause. Well done to all involved.”

Councillor Ralph Berry, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health and Social Care, was also at the tea party and said: “The event showed Bradford our best, generous caring and determined to support the amazing work being done for our community.”

The money raised on Sunday should have been spent on the support for cancer victims and their families but instead it will be used to repair damages.

The cancer care centre at Daisy House Farm by Bradford Royal Infirmary was targeted four times last month, where marbles or ball bearings had been used to damage windows.

Cllr Ralph Berry speaking at the event
Cllr Ralph Berry speaking at the evenThe money raised on Sunday should have been spent on the support for cancer victims and their families but instead it will be used to repair damages.

Police were called in to investigate and have opened up an appeal, whilst at the same time asking for people in the area to be vigilant.

The Cancer Support Centre have given an open invite to anyone who wishes to come to the centre and see the work they do, but also see where their money is being spent.

For more information visit- www.bradfordcancersupport.org.uk