Kettles were boiling, coffee perculators were bubbling and cups were chinking all over the Newmarket area on Friday as fund raisers took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The charity funds specialist doctors, nurses and buildings for cancer treatment as well as providing support for those suffering with cancer and their families. The event is the charity’s biggest fundraiser and was first staged some 23 years ago. Last year’s effort raised a record £15 million.
Marion McFarlane of Newmarket is battling cancer, but that did not stop her organising a coffee morning at the town’s memorial hall which raised £1,318. Marion also collected £170 for St Nicholas Hospice Care through the sale of lucky stones painted at the hospice. “People were so kind and the hall was full all day,” said Marion “It made my day.”
At The Bell pub in Kentford donations of homemade cakes and raffle prizes form local businesses swelled the total raised to £850. “I aim to top that next year,” said landlady Sheena Parsons and at Newmarket’s Houldsworth Valley Primary School, the pupils wore green and held a cake stall raising £351.
Fundraiser at West Row village hall collected £2,070, one of the organisers, Michael Peachey, said: “We are very pleased with the amount raised as it much more than last year’s total. A big thank you goes out to all the volunteers who helped on the day and to those who supported the event.”
Members of Newmarket Bowls Club raised around £450 and Newmarket Lions whpo organised their coffee morning a week early at the Burwell farmers’ market collected £83.