Charity appeal to join in fundraiser

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HAVING played Cilla Brown in Coronation Street, Pamela ‘Podger’ Jolly in the TV series Bad Girls and made it to the finals of MasterChef, I know how important it is to take time out.

I love getting together with my friends and enjoying a slice of cake with a big pot of tea to celebrate the start of spring.

So, I would like to ask readers to support The Stroke Association and take part in an exciting new event called ‘Sip for Stroke in Spring’ and organise your own event.

I am asking you to invite friends, colleagues or neighbours round for a tea party and raise money for a vital cause at the same time.

Stroke is a brain attack which causes brain damage.

Around 150,000 people have a stroke in the UK each year and it’s the largest cause of adult disability.

The Stroke Association is a national charity which funds research into prevention, treatment, better methods of rehabilitation and supports people who have had a stroke and their families through its community support services, information materials and helpline.

Having discovered that 40 per cent of all strokes could be prevented through simple lifestyle changes such as healthy eating, regular blood pressure checks, stopping smoking and cutting your alcohol intake, I have created a recipe for blueberry cornmeal muffins, which are delicious, healthy and perfect for such occasions as this.

I would like to give this recipe to anyone who is willing to organise their own Sip for Stroke in Spring event.

All you have to do is e-mail or call the regional Stroke Association office on (0113) 201 9790 and they will send everything you need and sign you up.

Many thanks for your support and best wishes for 2011.