Dreams Come True

Harrison's Dream Tea

My name is Harrison Stedman and I have a heart and lung condition which is part of a genetic deletion syndrome. I organised a Dream Tea at my home to fundraise money for Dreams Come True. I was a dream child and my dream was to meet Lewis Hamilton (although I did not know about it at the time).

 Harrisons Dream Tea

My mum made vanilla and chocolate flavoured cupcakes a couple of days before and I made the buttercream icing to go on to cakes on the morning of my event.  It was about 30C outside so we had to keep the icing in the fridge until just before the guests arrived!

My first guests arrived at 1:30 pm. In anticipation, I had lunch early so I didn’t have to worry and get everything ready. We had tea and coffee laid out on the table with soft drinks and water on standby because it was a very hot June day.  We’d decorated the house and garden with Dreams Come True bunting and balloons and some of our own decorations. This year, the garden was also prepared with gazebos and chairs as well as mini Chinese lanterns.

We printed off the Dreams Come True Gift Aid form so that our taxpayer friends could register their name and donation amount.


Then some other guests began to arrive and I offered the cakes and drinks. Everyone was given a choice between my cakes and shop bought cakes. We bought doughnuts, fruit cake, scones, shortbread and flapjack.  A friend made a delicious lemon drizzle cake and my mum made a madeira cake too. 


As the day progressed more guests came and donated money. I made 78 cupcakes for the tea. Some cakes were still left over so I had them the next day. .

More guests come in and I spent a lot of time with them telling them my recent news and finding out what they had been doing recently. I had a great day talking with them. Some of the guests even played my garden sized tower block game, Jenga.


After the last guests left, we counted the money and I had raise £411 (+ Gift Aid) for Dreams Come True. My mum thought it was a great amount of money to raise.

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Date: 21/06/2017
Author: Harrison


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