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Julie Walters, Andy Murray and wife Kim Sears support Guide Dogs’ virtual tea party

Dame Julie Walters, Andy Murray and his wife Kim Sears were among the host of stars showing their support for the Guide Dogs charity’s virtual tea party.

The actress, 70, led the way as she posed with a giant cup of tea in a spotted mug  while Andy and Kim, both 32, enjoyed their cuppa with their two border terriers.

Celebrities were joining an attempt at a Guinness World Record to hold the world’s biggest virtual tea party in a bid to raise money for the struggling charity. 

Dame Julie Walters, Andy Murray and his wife Kim Sears were among the host of stars showing their support for the Guide Dogs charity's virtual tea party

Dame Julie Walters, Andy Murray and his wife Kim Sears were among the host of stars showing their support for the Guide Dogs charity's virtual tea party

Dame Julie Walters, Andy Murray and his wife Kim Sears were among the host of stars showing their support for the Guide Dogs charity’s virtual tea party

Guide Dogs revealed that their income has been dropping throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and encouraged people to donate the ‘cost of a cup of tea’.

To assist with the challenging bid, celebrities including Alan Titchmarsh and Hugh Bonneville also shared images of them enjoying a cup of tea.

Martin Clunes, who is a supporter of the charity, also appeared on Good Morning Britain in his pyjamas on Tuesday to promote the event.

Cute! Andy and Kim posed with their two border terriers Rusty and Maggie in the sunshine

Cute! Andy and Kim posed with their two border terriers Rusty and Maggie in the sunshine

Cute! Andy and Kim posed with their two border terriers Rusty and Maggie in the sunshine

Cheers! Alan Titchmarsh raised a cup of tea as he posed for a photo with two stone dog statues

Cheers! Alan Titchmarsh raised a cup of tea as he posed for a photo with two stone dog statues

Cheers! Alan Titchmarsh raised a cup of tea as he posed for a photo with two stone dog statues

Pam White, fundraising manager at Guide Dogs, said: ‘Over the last few years our wonderful supporters have been hosting tea parties around the country on National Tea Day and donating the proceeds to Guide Dogs.

‘In 2019, Great Guide Dogs Tea Parties across the year raised an incredible ¬£60,000.

‘Of course, we are in a very different situation in 2020 but we wanted to give everyone the chance to join our ¬£GuideDogsFamily and make a difference.

Cheeky! Hugh Bonneville's pooch cheekily tucked into his cup of tea

Cheeky! Hugh Bonneville's pooch cheekily tucked into his cup of tea

Cheeky! Hugh Bonneville’s pooch cheekily tucked into his cup of tea

‘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.’     

In the lead up to the event, famous faces promoted the virtual party by sharing selfies while enjoying a cup of tea either by themselves or with their pet pooches.

We're on board! Doc Matin star Martin, 58, told the Daily Express : 'The charity does such incredible work supporting people with sight loss'

We're on board! Doc Matin star Martin, 58, told the Daily Express : 'The charity does such incredible work supporting people with sight loss'

We’re on board! Doc Matin star Martin, 58, told the Daily Express : ‘The charity does such incredible work supporting people with sight loss’

The Guide Dogs’ page had been posting their ‘celebrity of the day’ on the page to advertise who has been supporting the initiative.

Doc Matin star Martin, 58, told the Daily Express: ‘The charity does such incredible work supporting people with sight loss.

‘That’s why I’ll be raising a cup and supporting them. I hope many others will join me to raise lots of money and hopefully achieve a Guinness World Record.’

Relaxing: Newsreader Fiona, 55, looked fresh-faced as she enjoyed a cup of tea in her garden alongside her beloved Irish Terrier

Relaxing: Newsreader Fiona, 55, looked fresh-faced as she enjoyed a cup of tea in her garden alongside her beloved Irish Terrier

Relaxing: Newsreader Fiona, 55, looked fresh-faced as she enjoyed a cup of tea in her garden alongside her beloved Irish Terrier

Cheers! DIY SOS star Nick Knowles was also keen to show his support for the charity as he sent in a selfie of him lifting his 'yours' mug towards the camera

Cheers! DIY SOS star Nick Knowles was also keen to show his support for the charity as he sent in a selfie of him lifting his 'yours' mug towards the camera

Cheers! DIY SOS star Nick Knowles was also keen to show his support for the charity as he sent in a selfie of him lifting his ‘yours’ mug towards the camera

Smile: Lorraine Kelly held her branded mug in the air as she joined the other stars in promoting the upcoming event on the charities social media page

Smile: Lorraine Kelly held her branded mug in the air as she joined the other stars in promoting the upcoming event on the charities social media page

Smile: Lorraine Kelly held her branded mug in the air as she joined the other stars in promoting the upcoming event on the charities social media page

Martin raised a glass of tea as he sat on his sofa surrounded by his furry pals, two Spaniels named Mary Elizabeth and Tina Audrey and his terriers Penelope Jennifer and James Henry. 

Newsreader Fiona, 55, looked fresh-faced as she enjoyed a cup of tea in her garden alongside her beloved Irish Terrier. 

DIY SOS star Nick Knowles was also keen to show his support for the charity as he sent in a selfie of him lifting his ‘yours’ mug towards the camera.

Lovely! Greg Wallace showed he was on board by sending in a selfie of him with a cup of tea

Lovely! Greg Wallace showed he was on board by sending in a selfie of him with a cup of tea

Lovely! Greg Wallace showed he was on board by sending in a selfie of him with a cup of tea

Time for tea! Actress Sophie Thompson has also shown support for the virtual tea party

Time for tea! Actress Sophie Thompson has also shown support for the virtual tea party

Time for tea! Paralympian Ellie Simmonds (right) has also shown support for the virtual tea party

Time for tea! Paralympian Ellie Simmonds (right) has also shown support for the virtual tea party

Time for tea! Actress Sophie Thompson (left) and Paralympian Ellie Simmonds (right) have also shown support for the virtual tea party

Lorraine Kelly held her branded mug in the air as she joined the other stars in promoting the upcoming event on the charities social media page. 

The tea party will be a Guinness Word Record attempt for the biggest virtual tea party, with Jim Carter, Imelda Staunton and Andrew Marr also set to join in.       

Guide Dogs’ Pam White said: ‘Our income is dropping and it costs us ¬£13 a day to support each of our life-changing dogs. Donating the cost of a cuppa will ensure people with sight loss don’t feel alone.’ 

Can we share? Wendi Peters' springer spaniel looked longingly as she enjoyed tea and cake

Can we share? Wendi Peters' springer spaniel looked longingly as she enjoyed tea and cake

Can we share? Wendi Peters’ springer spaniel looked longingly as she enjoyed tea and cake

Tea break: Nicki Chapman beamed as she stopped to enjoy a cup of tea

Tea break: Nicki Chapman beamed as she stopped to enjoy a cup of tea

Tea break: Nicki Chapman beamed as she stopped to enjoy a cup of tea

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