SVP celebrates birthday with a virtual cuppa!

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The Saint Vincent de Paul Society were celebrating their birthday in style last week with a virtual cuppa. Attendees from across the nation came together on live stream to raise a mug in celebration of the amazing, grassroots work SVP has done over the years to fight poverty with dignity.

The Tea with SVP campaign, which ran between the 19th and 23rd April, was not just a great opportunity for a communal brew but also a chance to raise vital funds in aid of the SVP’s Covid Recovery Programme and its regional Community Support Projects

Taking place over live stream, attendees could click on built-in donation buttons to give before, during and after the event - without having to put down their cuppa!  And, with every donation match funded by a corporate benefactor, the Tea with SVP campaign succeeded in brewing much needed donations to help continue their fight against poverty.

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Celebrity Guests!

On April 21st and 23rd, SVP were joined by celebrity guests Julie Etchingam and Frank Cottrell-Boyce where a live audience online were able to send in their messages and gain an insight into two extraordinary careers.

Tea with Julie Etchingham:

On 21st April, ITN newscaster Julie Etchingham joined Ken Madine, Director of Fundraising and Communication at SVP, for a cuppa and a natter.

Chatting through everything from controlling nerves whilst on air, to being star-struck by the singer / songwriter Simon le Bon at interview, Julie gave a fascinating insight into the life of modern journalism.

Tea with Frank Cottrell-Boyce:

On 23rd April, SVP were joined by acclaimed screenwriter and novelist Frank Cottrell-Boyce to chat through his experience of lockdown and writing career.

One of the most interesting moments during the exchange was when Frank described his creative approach for the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games in 2012, revealing that prickstick and paper cut outs were vital to this creative endeavour.

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