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British actor James Nesbitt called on residents of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, England, to brew a cup of tea for charity this week.

The star of Cold Feet and Murphy’s Law took a break from filming to enjoy a nice cuppa and a biscuit when he launched Leonard Cheshire Disability's annual “Tea For Ability” fundraising event, a campaign that encourages British tea drinkers to raise cash for disabled people. And judging by the British predilection for the beverage, the campaign looks set to be popular.

“I like nothing better than relaxing with a strong cup of tea after a hard day’s filming,” said Nesbitt. “So what could be better than supporting the charity’s Tea For Ability scheme?”

Leonard Cheshire Disability assists over 21,000 disabled people in the UK find employment or start businesses. They are encouraging people to raise money through the new campaign by throwing tea parties, attend tea tastings, and make donations.

“Last year’s first ever Tea For Ability was a huge success, and it will be a major event in our 60th anniversary celebrations this year,” said Nora Smith, the charity’s head of community fundraising. “In 2008 we hope even more people will enjoy a cuppa while raising cash to help disabled people live life their way.”

More information about Leonard Cheshire Disability and their fundraising can be found at the charity’s website.

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