New World Record for Communi-tea cosy

PUBLISHED: 18:45 18 April 2009 | UPDATED: 07:14 30 May 2010

Bupa's giant tea cosy with care home residents and care home manager, Ladan French  Picture: SUBMITTED

Bupa's giant tea cosy with care home residents and care home manager, Ladan French Picture: SUBMITTED

A COMMUNI-TEA event in Great Dunmow set a new Guinness World Record for knitting the world s biggest tea cosy. Residents of Croft House Nursing and Residential Home used 1924 squares of wool to knit the cosy, which measures 3.9m high and 11.1m in circumfe

A COMMUNI-TEA event in Great Dunmow set a new Guinness World Record for knitting the world's biggest tea cosy.

Residents of Croft House Nursing and Residential Home used 1924 squares of wool to knit the cosy, which measures 3.9m high and 11.1m in circumference. In all, it took 64.8km of wool to knit.

The record was attempted to raise awareness of Bupa's 'Communi-tea Week' (April 20-26), a giant tea party which helps tackle the issues of isolation and loneliness of older people.

As part of the week, and to celebrate the world record, the home is hosting a tea party with tea games, tea tasting and a tombola on Friday (April 24) from 2.30pm.

And they are inviting older people in the local community to join them.

Home manager, Patricia Vincent, said: "Not that we ever need an excuse to put the kettle on, but now we can raise our mugs in celebration of a great cause and a world record.

"Communi-tea Week offers the perfect chance to help someone who may be struggling on their own, so there'll be plenty of tea and entertainment to welcome any new friends and faces."

Residents in more than 300 Bupa care homes across the UK, Spain and New Zealand took part in the record attempt after urging their communities to help by sending in their own knitted squares for the giant tea cosy.

This year's Communi-tea Week will also see a record number of tea parties taking place throughout the country, with thousands of residents inviting their local communities through the door.

This is the third year that Bupa has organised Communi-tea Week, which attracts sponsorship from Tetleys, McVities and Premier Foods.

A number of care homes are also using their Communi-tea events to help raise funds for Parkinson's Disease Society, with any money raised being matched by Bupa Community Connections.

Members of the community who would like to attend the tea party in Dunmow should call the home on 01371 872135.

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