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Nigel Havers attends ‘Charitea’ Book Launch at The Savoy

Well-known actor and much-loved ‘charmer’, Nigel Havers, caused quite a stir when he attended the launch of the new Quiller title, Distinguished Leaves: Poems for tea-lovers on Friday 23 September, in aid of Samaritans’ Chad Varah Appeal.

The charity launch was generously hosted by one of London’s top hotels, The Savoy, and around 100 people from the literary, food and tea industry gathered to enjoy a taster of tea poems from Distinguished Leaves author and ‘Britain’s Tea Poet’, Elizabeth Darcy Jones.

Nigel Havers who has written the foreword to Distinguished Leaves said: “It was an honour to write the foreword to this delightful little book of tea-poems, and to be part of this wonderful event in support of such a worthwhile charity. It’s great that Samaritans will benefit from the book, I hope it sells really well.”

Guest of Honour at the event, Felicity Varah Harding, daughter of Chad Varah, Samaritans’ founder said: “My father adored reading poems and would have loved the idea of a poetry book in support of Samaritans. I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to both Elizabeth Darcy Jones and The Savoy Hotel for hosting this event.”

Friday’s launch event marked the start of a four-month nationwide tour which will see Elizabeth Darcy Jones travelling across the UK raising funds for local Samaritans’ branches through ticket sales or donations from her one-woman tea-related show. Elizabeth is a volunteer at the Kingston branch of the charity and she will be donating £1 to Samaritans Chad Varah Appeal from every copy of the book she sells.


Posted on 17 October 2011. Comments (0)

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