Crystal Palace FC stars Neil Shipperley and Sasa Curcic proved they were up for the cup as they helped launched Mencap's massive tea party recently.

The pair took time out from their gruelling pre-season training schedule to set the fund-raising ball rolling for the charity which helps people with learning disabilities enjoy the fullest possible lives.

This summer the charity, which serves many of the 1.2 million people with learning disabilities in Britain, is stirring donations through the nation's favourite drink. It has teamed up with Brooke Bond D to get everyone supping a cup for a good cause.

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All the money raised will go towards providing services to those with learning difficulties like Lisa Trimm (pictured) including assistance on housing, education and employment as well as with leisure activities.

Mencap is also looking to establish a nationwide network of family advice services.

For its latest money raising effort Mencap is aiming for almost 200,000 people to turn cuppas into cash by holding 3,000 parties. Brooke Bond will supply free Brooke Bond to all events.

Last year party-goers poured into hundreds of places though organisers are hoping to go one better this year.

For details call 0645 777 779 or write to Britain's Biggest D party, Freepost, EC1B 1AA.

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