In October 2015, I had the completely original, not at all drunken and definitely sane idea of combining my fanatical love of a brew with some good ol’ British altruism…and probably passive aggressiveness, politeness and sexual prudishness too – be rude not to. As a result, OCTEABER poked it’s moderately attractive head out of the spout of the rusty kettle that is my mind!
Mugen Tea House and I joined teapots to deliver a month-long series of tea events, tea-related giveaways and blogging challenges in October 2015, with proceeds going to support the South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association (SYEDA). We raised £400 in total for this worthy cause.
I completed a blogging challenge that involved reviewing a tea EVERY day for a month (I nearly died of caffeine poisoning, but I did it!), and held a host of tea-tasting events to garner donations for this fantastic chari-tea.
I – Witchy – raised money for SYEDA for four important reasons:
- 725,000 people suffer with an eating disorder (ED) in the UK (bEAT, 2015), but with pressure upon NHS services, many sufferers do not get the treatment and support they need to recover
- SYEDA is a charity that attempts to fill this resource gap for local sufferers, by offering information, advice and support services to those who slip through the NHS system
- I was one of these sufferers. Although it looks like I enjoy my tea and cake with heady abandon, I was anorexic, wriggled through the NHS net and SYEDA picked up the pieces to support me in my recovery to a healthy human being
- SYEDA’s help and enjoying the taste of tea – the only thing I would consume on a regular basis at one point – was the catalyst to my recovery.
Using the migh-tea power of a good ‘ol brew through Octeaber, I gave something back to the charity that made me The Tea Witch I am today, and also shared my love of tea, promoted local businesses, and had a jolly good laugh in the process. A cuppa and a chortle solve 99% of all life’s problems (The Tea Witch, 2015).