GBBO winner Frances Quinn warms up for The Big Tea Cosy

Frances Quinn, winner of series four of ‘The Great British Bake Off’, has been appointed The Big Tea Cosy’s 2017 Ambassador.

The Big Tea Cosy is a national fundraising campaign, run by breast cancer support charity Breast Cancer Haven, from February 1 to February 7.

Now in its third year, The Big Tea Cosy encourages supporters to join forces with their friends and family to throw a tea party and raise funds. Since the campaign began, it has raised £75,000 towards Breast Cancer Haven’s supportive services.

Frances commented: “I’m proud to be supporting Breast Cancer Haven’s The Big Tea Cosy. February can be such a cold and miserable month, so it’s the perfect time for a Big Tea Cosy party.

“It’s such an easy way to raise money for a great charity that will make a real difference to the lives of people affected by breast cancer.”

Pamela Healy OBE, chief executive of Breast Cancer Haven, added: “This year, The Big Tea Cosy is going to be even cosier as we’ve teamed up with knitting supplier Love Knitting to create a range of exclusive knitting and crochet patterns.” This will introduce a new element into The Big Tea Cosy: knit and natter

Pamela continued: “Our visitors tell us that visiting Breast Cancer Haven makes them feel safe, welcomed and incredibly well supported – and we think that The Big Tea Cosy campaign sums this up perfectly.”

Over 60,000 people a year in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast Cancer Haven provides one-to-one support for thousands of breast cancer patients in the UK, with five centres in London, Leeds, Hereford, Titchfield (Hampshire) and Worcester.

They provide free therapies which aim to help people deal with the physical and emotional elements that come with having the disease.

To take part in The Big Tea Cosy, visit to order or download a fundraising pack filled with invitations, posters, decorations, a recipe from Frances and a selection of knitting patterns. You can also text ‘COSY17 £5’ to 70070 to donate via text.

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