Tea & SCones for TSC 2019 – all you need to know
Tea & SCones for TSC 2019 will take place all week between 13 – 19 May. The event has gone from strength-to-strength over the last few years and we want to make 2019 the best one yet!

What is Tea & SCones for TSC?

It's all about drinking tea, baking/eating scones (or any treats you fancy) and raising awareness about TSC and the TSA with everyone you know. At the same time, you will be helping us raise much needed funds so that the TSA can continue in our vital work supporting people affected by TSC.

How do I get involved?

Hosting your own Tea & SCones for TSC event couldn’t be simpler:

1. First, download our Tea & SCones for TSC pack.

Tea & SCones for TSC 2019 Event Pack Tea & SCones for TSC 2019 Event Pack (32402 KB)

This guides you through every step of hosting your own Tea & SCones for TSC event, including easy to follow recipes for standard and ketogenic scones!

2. Pick a venue, a date between 13– 19 May and a time. You could put on a Tea & SCones for TSC event almost anywhere – from your house or place of work to a community centre or school (make sure that you have appropriate permission)

3. Invite as many people as you can – family members, friends, colleagues or well wishers Roll-up your sleeves and get baking (or, buy some treats from the shop, we won’t tell!)

4. Hold your Tea & SCones for TSC event, encouraging people to give generously to help support people living with TSC

Remember to tell us about your brilliant Tea & SCones for TSC event by posting pictures on social media and using the hashtag '#Tea&SCones'!

Pat is getting ready for Tea &SCones for TSC 2019
Pat Gibbins is from North London. Her son Paul, 47, and grandson, six-year-old Theo, both have TSC:

Pat and her scones for Tea & SCones for TSC 2018

“2018 was my second year to do a Tea & SCones for TSC event. It’s so easy to do. I decided on a date, made up some simple invites and printed them off and then passed them around to neighbours and my friends at the bowls club. 

I don’t charge for anything but instead I leave a few collection tins around and invite people to make a donation. I have also done a couple of simple competitions, things like guess the number of sweets in a jar and guess the weight of a cake. Together, my friends and I raised more than £1000 for the TSA, so why not join me this year?”
What if I'm not a good baker?

In our Tea & SCones for TSC pack we have provided some great recipes for baking scones and will be sharing more recipes and ideas on our social media pages in the run-up to the big week.

But don’t worry, it’s not about giving the British Bakeoff a run for its money. If you don’t fancy baking scones or anything else, you could just pop to the shop and get some pre-made treats.

What if I don't have time to put on a big event?

Your Tea & SCones for TSC event can be as big or small as you like. Whether you have something that lasts for half a day with a range of homemade bakes or half an hour with some treats from the store, you are still doing something amazing for people affected by TSC.

Smaller Tea & SCones could include things like getting colleagues around a table during a lunch break, or asking family members to pop into your home to grab something while giving a donation. If it works for you, it will work for Tea & SCones for TSC.

The difference that Tea & SCones for TSC can make
Sheila, whose granddaughter Mia lives with TSC, explains why Tea & SCones for TSC is so important:

I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who is holding a Tea and SCones for TSC in 2019.

The vital money raised from TSA campaigns like Tea and SCones for TSC goes towards research into TSC to help people living with the condition. People like my 12 year-old granddaughter, Mia. Although no two TSC children are the same, a common issue of living with TSC is epilepsy. Mia calls her seizures “Dizzies”.

Mia is already benefitting from treatments recently made available thanks to research helping us to better understand TSC, with treatments available now that weren’t available 20 years ago. So, I would urge everyone to please generously give their time and money to support Tea and SCones for TSC.

'Princess Mia' during Tea & SCones for TSC 2018

Remember that Tea & SCones for TSC events can take place in many different places and situations. I used to be a nurse before I retired and would hold Tea and SCones events in our coffee room. In 2018, the family held our own Tea and SCones for TSC party on the day of the royal wedding. We had the TV on and Mia dressed up - we had to call her Princess Meghan all day. It was hilarious!

Again, thank you from me and Mia. What you are doing makes all the difference."
We will be keeping you informed on all Tea & SCones for TSC updates before the week itself via our social media pages and website. In the meantime, you can get ‘cracking’ by downloading our Tea & SCones for TSC 2019 events pack and planning your brilliant event!

If you have any questions in the meantime, then let us know by emailing fundraising@tuberous-sclerosis.org or contacting us on Facebook.