Charity Promotes ‘Virtual Tea-parties’ as Brits Lose Touch with Friends

New research by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust has revealed that Brits are losing touch with their friends during lockdown, with 44% saying they are speaking less to friends than before the pandemic hit.

COVID-19 has also stopped people from keeping in touch with their family, with 16% saying they are speaking less to their loved ones.

The charity’s survey is part of a campaign to encourage the population to spend time with friends, family and colleagues virtually over a cuppa – whilst raising vital funds for the charity who is dedicated to supporting everyone affected by cystic fibrosis.

The nations tea and coffee habits have also been affected by lockdown. It seems we are putting the kettle on more often, with 28% of survey respondents drinking more tea and 23% of survey drinking more coffee since the pandemic hit last year.  The findings also reveal that the nation is divided over their hot drink of choice, with 37% preferring tea and 36% coffee.

Chief Executive at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, David Ramsden, is encouraging people to get involved in the campaign: “People all over the country are finding themselves spending a lot more time than usual at home and not able to see family and friends in the same way. At times like these, having a brew and connecting with the people you care about is so important.

“So why not take part in our new fundraising appeal and set up a tea party with your friends and families. By coming together in this way, you will help raise vital funds for people with cystic fibrosis – a life-limiting genetic condition which requires rigorous daily physiotherapy and sometimes taking up to 40 pills a day.”

Cystic Fibrosis Trust ambassador and actor Jenny Agutter is backing the campaign. The Call The Midwife star said: “The Cystic Fibrosis Trust has come up with a wonderful idea to host a virtual tea party to help brighten up those dull February days.

“With many people struggling in lockdown and stuck at home, this is such a lovely chance to catch up with friends and colleagues with a chat over tea and raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.”

The funds raised will help the Cystic Fibrosis Trust invest in lifesaving, innovative research and continue to support people with cystic fibrosis and their families. To join the campaign, visit the Cystic Fibrosis Trust website and claim your virtual tea-party pack.