Homeless charity joins world record attempt with ‘solidari-tea’

Brighton Housing Trust held an afternoon tea in solidarity with the National Lottery's successful 25th birthday world record attempt
Brighton Housing Trust held an afternoon tea in solidarity with the National Lottery's successful 25th birthday world record attempt

Staff at Brighton Housing Trust (BHT) enjoyed a cream tea in solidarity with the National Lottery’s 25th anniversary world record attempt.

The trust joined 1054 other people remotely for the world’s largest cream tea party (October 23).

Now in its 25th year, the National Lottery has supported many of BHT’s services for Brighton’s homeless over the years.

Andy Winter, BHT’s chief executive, said: “We are so grateful for the support of the National Lottery Community Fund which enables us to run incredible projects like Fulfilling Lives South East.

“This project gives practical support to the most vulnerable people, those who other services have often not been able to help, and ultimately seeks to make systems and services work better for them.”

The world record attempt beat the previous record of 978 people enjoying afternoon tea, set by Kath Kidston Ltd in 2018.

An estimated 450 litres of tea, as well as 1,500 scones and jars of jam, were consumed at this year’s world record attempt which was attended by Gogglebox star, Scarlett Moffatt.

National Lottery funding has made programmes like Fulfilling Lives possible.

The Fulfilling Lives South East project operates in Brighton & Hove, Eastbourne, and Hastings, and is led by BHT with partner organisations, Equinox and Oasis Project.

It is one of 12 projects across England providing intensive and tailored support to particularly disadvantaged people who have experienced a combination of homelessness, addiction, prison stays, and mental ill health.

Since the first National Lottery draw in 1994, more than £40 billion has been raised for good causes and it has become the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

To find out more about the work of the Fulfilling Lives project, visit the project’s website here.