A FUNDRAISER is hoping to raise cash for charity by hosting a vintage themed tea party.

Becky Newton started volunteered for the North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes division in November after hearing about the group at a motorcycle meet up.

The Caritas Care employee from Chorley said her husband Ian hopes to ride for them and she would love to become a controller in the future.

The 37-year-old uses her spare time to raise awareness and fundraise for the organisation which provides a free out-of-hours courier service to NHS Trusts in Lancashire and South Lakes.

The mum-of-two has planned a vintage tea party at the Euxton Parish Community Centre in School Lane on Sunday, July 23.

She said: "I have been baking since my nan taught me at the age of 10 and have had a passion for it ever since.

"There is nothing more quaint and wonderful than having afternoon tea in a lovely setting and drinking from a china cup.

"I absolutely love to bake for people and share my love of cake."

Mrs Newton, who has a love of vintage and hopes to open her own tea shop one day, recently made cakes for the charity's stand at the Chorley Yamaha open day, and brought cupcake toppers with the organisations logo on for the occasion.

She said: "That was my first event and I wanted to do something special. They went down a treat.

"I started planning my next cupcake design and thought why not have a coffee morning?"

"I want to bring together blood bike members' families and friends along with the general public to drink tea, eat cake and raise valuable funds and awareness of what the charity does.

"We are having a raffle and a competition for the best vintage themed outfit."

A spokesman for the charity said: "Our members never fail to amaze with the effort they put into supporting the charity.

"Although the riders are the ones that are usually seen by the hospitals, the fundraisers have a job that is just as important.

"It costs about £60,000 per year to keep the service going, so any contribution no matter how big or small is always appreciated.

"All our members give their time for free - many riders even pay for their own fuel.

"They volunteer to help their local communities so that they can help make a difference and because they mainly operate at night, they go unseen. We don’t get to see the people we help and quite often they won’t even know that we have been involved in their care."

Mrs Newton is looking for donations for the day and decorations for the venue. Email beckyb1979@hotmail.co.uk.

Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Becky-Newton6 to donate.