Join the Great Guide Dogs Virtual Tea Party

Iain Gray MSP is encouraging East Lothian residents to join in with a UK-wide fundraising virtual tea party event organised by national charity, Guide Dogs.

Over 4,000 people participated in the charity’s World’s Biggest Virtual Tea Party on National Tea Day in April, raising thousands of pounds to support its work.

Following that success, Guide Dogs have decided to do it all again on National Biscuit Day, Friday 29th May 2020, and are encouraging even more people to join them to raise further vital funds.

The simple message is to join Guide Dogs for a cuppa as they celebrate all things biscuits – from recipes to doggie favourites and a chance to vote in their poll for the nation’s favourite biscuit.

Iain Gray MSP, who trains guide dog puppies with his wife, said:

“I sometimes mock things like “National Biscuit Day” but Guide Dogs have turned this one into something worthwhile – and as a Guide Dog Puppy walker myself I can’t resist!

“As many people face the challenge of self-isolating at home, it’s never been more important to come together online and support one another. Guide Dogs is a cause which naturally brings people together, so it is the perfect thing to have a cuppa and raise funds for.

“Guide Dogs has some fantastic ideas for helping supporters have a great time on National Biscuit Day and raise funds safely with a lockdown virtual tea party. I hope people in East Lothian will join in with the day and support the charity on 29th May.”

Pam White, Fundraising Manager at Guide Dogs, said:

“Over the last few years our wonderful supporters have been hosting tea parties around the country on National Tea Day and donating the proceeds to Guide Dogs. In 2019, Great Guide Dogs Tea Parties across the year raised an incredible £60,000. Of course, we are in a very different situation in 2020 but we wanted to give everyone the chance to join our #GuideDogsFamily and make a difference.

“By asking people to donate the cost of their cuppa we’re raising vital funds to help ensure people with sight loss don’t feel alone now, and in the future. We completely appreciate that this is an extremely difficult time for many charities and we are so grateful to all our donors who continue to show their support.”

Find out more about the day, including ideas for organising your own virtual tea party at