Tea party raises over £1000 for Friends of ANCHOR charity

Erica and Bill Matthew hand over a cheque to Sarah-Jane Hogg.
Erica and Bill Matthew hand over a cheque to Sarah-Jane Hogg.

A local couple from Fraserburgh made a flourishing effort to raise money for local cancer charity Friends of ANCHOR by opening up their garden to over 100 guests for an afternoon tea party.

With the valued support of their friends and family Erica and Bill Matthews were able to raise a staggering total of £1377.35 for the charity which will go directly into supporting cancer patients receiving treatment at the ANCHOR Unit, ARI.

Along with a few of their friends who helped with the garden tea party, Erica and Bill Matthew handed over the funds raised to Friends of ANCHOR’s PR and Fundraising manager, Sarah-Jane Hogg.

The couple chose to host a special garden tea-party in aid of Friends of ANCHOR following Erica’s treatment at the ANCHOR Unit last year for ovarian cancer.

Erica commented: “Friends of ANCHOR is a cause that is very close to my heart. From the start of my treatment I always felt I was in capable hands and with the charitable support from Friends of ANCHOR you knew you were in the very best of care.”

The garden tea party, which took place earlier in the summer on 14th July, saw family and friends enjoy not only a day of glorious sunshine but an array of teas, home bakes and cream scones served to them by Erica and Bill and their team of helpers. Guests visited the plant and sales table and generously took part in the raffle to boost the fundraising efforts.

Erica added: “I’m so thrilled we were able to raise so much from the garden party to contribute to the great work that Friends of ANCHOR does for the patients of the ANCHOR Unit. Without the fantastic help and efforts from family, close friends and the community who all supplied baking, plants and raffles we could not have achieved so much.”

Earlier in the year, Erica took part in the North-east charity’s annual ‘Courage on the Catwalk’ event which saw over 1000 guests fill the Beach Ballroom to watch 24 women from the North-east whose lives had been affected by cancer take to catwalk to raise over £52,000 for Friends of ANCHOR.