Afternoon tea raises funds for Mia and Cory

Corby, Lodge Park Sports Centre afternoon tea event: Shall I be mum, says three year old, Sofia Siller, as she pours the tea for Zoe Jefferson.
Corby, Lodge Park Sports Centre afternoon tea event: Shall I be mum, says three year old, Sofia Siller, as she pours the tea for Zoe Jefferson.

A stylish afternoon tea was held in Corby to raise funds for a brother and sister with a rare genetic condition.

Mia Blakey-Tew, three, and Cory, one, have recently been diagnosed with RARS2 mutation which means they are partially-sighted and have limited hearing and mobility.

Their parents, Leanne Moir and Dean Blakey-Tew, are raising funds to pay for therapy, equipment and adaptations to their home in Latimer Road, Corby.

Dean’s aunt Natalie Newby organised the traditional afternoon tea at Busby’s Lounge, Lodge Park Sports Centre, Corby.

The fundraiser ran from 11am to 6pm, and Mrs Newby said she is delighted with the turnout – with the event busy throughout the day.

She said:” It’s been manic. I’m very happy with the turnout, its been very busy all day.

“I think’s it’s nice that people are getting something out of their money. They get to enjoy some lovely tea and cakes and look at the interesting stalls, but they also know that there money will be going towards a good cause.”

Mrs Newby said that she had not set a fundraising target but the money will help care for Mia and Cory.

She added that she would like to thank the people attending for their support, the stall holders, and InCuisine Bar at Lodge Park Sports Centre, for allowing the event to use its facilities.

As well as serving tea and cakes, there are a number of vintage stalls at the event selling anything from clothes, handicrafts, to cakes and chutneys.

Stallholder Zoe Jefferson said: “It’s been really good, we probably under estimated how many people would turn up and how much chutney we would sell.

“I think that everything is reasonably priced and the money is going towards a good cause, so I think people are happy to join in and have a good time.”