Daffodil Day done Hyacinth’s way

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Social climbers . . . Preparing for a "Mrs Bucket" afternoon tea (from left) Mosgiel Daffodil Day fundraising committee (from left) co-ordinator Thelma Turnbull and volunteers Pat Earnshaw and Dawn Morrison, all of Mosgiel. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

Dust off the “dainty cups” and fluff your fur coat – the “Mrs Bucket” afternoon tea hits East Taieri on Sunday.

Mosgiel Daffodil Day fundraising committee co-ordinator Thelma Turnbull said a “band of very willing ladies” has been working since the start of the month to raise money for the Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day on August 31.

The next fundraising event was a “Mrs Bucket” themed afternoon tea at J.Tee’s Golf and Function Centre in East Taieri.

Hyacinth Bucket is a central character in British sitcom Keeping Up Appearances and insists her surname is pronounced “Bouquet”.

“Everyone will have a good time in their furs, pearls and hats,” Mrs Turnbull said.

Tea will be served in “dainty cups” and a prize awarded to the “best dressed lady”.

The committee raised money for Daffodil Day in many ways.

Committee members “and husbands” made nearly 6000 pre-ordered cheese rolls yesterday.

More cheese rolls would be made to sell at Dunedin Airport and outside ANZ Mosgiel and BNZ Mosgiel on Daffodil Day.

Raffles were being run and members were selling tickets from Mosgiel New World and Moyle’s FreshChoice in Green Island.

More money was raised by members catering for a bridge tournament, running cake stalls, selling about 1500 truffles, daffodils and teddy bears.

The committee raised more than $27,000 for the day last year and were targeting the same amount this year, she said.

A dozen women made the core of the committee and each had “been touched by cancer” in some way, she said.

“Either a family member, a friend or themselves.”

All money raised would stay in the South.

Anyone wanting to bake for the stalls or to donate could call Mrs Turnbull on 742-1112.