Celebrities including Martin Clunes took part in the Guide Dogs fundraising event across social media, which aimed to achieve a Guinness World Record.
Guide Dogs is waiting to find out if it has achieved a new Guinness World Record for staging the world’s biggest virtual tea party.
The charity encouraged people to take part in the hour-long event, called the Great Guide Dogs Virtual Tea Party, on Tuesday (21 April) by sharing a selfie of themselves with a cup of tea.
Many of the thousands taking part also included their pet dogs in their pictures, which were shared across social media, including a dedicated Facebook event page set up.
The aim was to be recognized by the Guinness World Records for bringing together the largest number of people attending a virtual tea party.
A number of celebrities, including Tennis star Andy Murray and the actor Martin Clunes, took part.
Others included comedian Eddie Izzard and Radio 1 presenter Lucy Edwards, who is a guide dog owner.
Join the #GuideDogsFamily and @eddieizzard on 21 April for #NationalTeaDay when @guidedogs are attempting a new @GWR for the biggest Virtual Tea Party! Help us continue to support people with sight loss where isolation can be their everyday. t.co/BLFyQyulNz pic.twitter.com/rHQV5621f1— Guide Dogs (@guidedogs)
Join the #GuideDogsFamily and @eddieizzard on 21 April for #NationalTeaDay when @guidedogs are attempting a new @GWR for the biggest Virtual Tea Party! Help us continue to support people with sight loss where isolation can be their everyday. https://t.co/BLFyQyulNz pic.twitter.com/rHQV5621f1— Guide Dogs (@guidedogs) April 18, 2020
Guide Dogs tea parties raised £60,000 last year.
“Of course, we are in a very different situation in 2020,” said Pam White, Fundraising Manager at Guide Dogs.
“We are delighted at how many people have joined us in our attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest virtual tea party. It looks like we’ve smashed it and we’re hopeful for official verification of this next week.
“By asking people to donate the cost of their cuppa on National Tea Day, we’re raising vital funds to help ensure people with sight loss don’t feel alone now, and in the future. We completely appreciate that this is an extremely difficult time for many charities and we are so grateful to all our donors who continue to show their support.”
Previous celebrity involvement in Guide Dogs events included Ant and Dec promoting the charity’s puppy training appeal last year.