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Tim Bilton with his son, Henry

Award-winning chef Tim Bilton, of the Spiced Pear Hepworth, is launching his huge fundraising campaign for the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield in National Afternoon Tea Week. (11th-17th August)

Most of us need little encouragement to tuck in to this much-loved British classic, however at The Spiced Pear, Hepworth, the cake is guaranteed to taste all the sweeter knowing that £1 from each afternoon tea sold during the week-long celebration will be donated to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield. Fundraising will also continue throughout the year.

Chef-proprietor Tim has been battling a rare form of eye cancer which was discovered during a routine visit to the GP last year, and is undergoing a course of treatment at the specialist eye cancer ward of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

Tim comments: “I have a lot to thank the Royal Hallamshire for, and in particular Professor Ian Rennie and I hope that the money raised through sales of our afternoon tea will show our support for the fantastic work they do on a daily basis for so many people.”

The Ocular Oncology department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital was founded by Tim’s doctor, Professor Rennie. The department is a specialist unit, and a centre of excellence for eye cancer care since 1987.

A spokesperson for the Ocular Oncology department said: “We are delighted Tim has chosen to support the hospital. We are a specialist unit and donations are a huge part of our progress and work. We all love a treat here and are hoping to pop up to the Spiced Pear and catch up with Tim over a Gentleman’s afternoon tea, which we hear includes some classics – homemade pork pies and scotch eggs!“

The Spiced Pear afternoon tea was crowned ‘Best Afternoon Tea’ at the Deliciouslyorkshire Awards 2013/14, so tea-time aficionados can be sure of an extra-special spread, complemented by stunning views of the Pennines.

For further information on The Spiced Pear’s afternoon tea please visit


Notes to Editor:

• The Spiced Pear Hepworth is based on Sheffield Road, New Mill, Holmfirth, HD9 7TP, Tel: 01484 683 775. Email: Website:
• Chef Tim made his name at The Butchers Arms Hepworth, turning it in to a thriving pub and winning numerous awards along the way, including the title of ‘Deliciouslyorkshire Champion’ before opening The Spiced Pear restaurant and tearoom in May 2013.
• Tim also appeared in the BBC’s Great British Menu twice.

For further information please contact:

Annie Stirk/Ellen Howells
Absolutely Food PR & Marketing
Home Farm
Mill Lane
YO61 1NG
T: 01347 810531 M: 07771 655756

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