Fenland brews up for Macmillan

Macmillan Coffee Morning at North Cambs Hospital Macmillan Centre'LtoR, Michelle Knight (clinical nurse specialist), Sara Petchell, Alison Strickle, Anna Elliott ANL-150925-175414009
Macmillan Coffee Morning at North Cambs Hospital Macmillan Centre'LtoR, Michelle Knight (clinical nurse specialist), Sara Petchell, Alison Strickle, Anna Elliott ANL-150925-175414009

Steam was seen rising all over Fenland as people hosted World’s Biggest Coffee Morning events to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

People were brewing up a storm in schools, businesses, hospitals and halls for the charity.

The Macmillan Unit in Wisbech’s North Cambs Hospital also got involved with the fun by hosting a coffee morning.

Around 40 people went along to the event, which was organised by activities co-ordinator Sara Petchell.

Clinical nurse specialist and team leader Michelle Knights said the event raised £133.

She said: “We were pleased with the turn-out. The patients really enjoyed it.”

Janet Greenall opened up her home in High Street, Gorefield, to put on a coffee morning with her daughter Joanna Johnson.

Around 40 people went along to enjoy coffee, tea and cakes along with supporting two raffles and series of games.

Mrs Johnson said: “We raised £192.50 during the morning but hope to raise more. We were really pleased with the day and there was a lovely atmosphere.”

Bob and Shirley Bell put on a coffee morning in Murrow Village Hall, which was attended by 40 people.

Along with refreshments, a tombola, games and auction were also part of the fun.

Mrs Bell said the event raised £305.65 and added: “We were really pleased with the amount raised and want to thank everyone in Murrow who helped to make it a success.”

Wimblington raised more than £650 during a coffee morning in St Peter’s Church.

Home-made cakes, plants and books were on sale, plus there was a raffle.

Anthony Curton Primary School, in Walpole St Peter, raised £539 during a coffee morning organised by Yvonne Gant, teaching assistant.

Parents and staff donated cakes, toys and jewellery for the event, which was very well supported.

Children in the school, and in their partner school at Tilney All Saints’ Primary, also joined in the fun, “dressing down” for the day, and paying for the privilege.

Macmillan coffee morning events were also held in Parson Drove Chapel and Doddington Court.

At Parson Drove charity champions Casey Bates, Isabel Johnson and Maureen Fyson staged their first-ever coffee morning and netted £310 for Macmillan.

Mrs Bates, who with her friends Isabel and Maureen, raises money for a variety of causes, said: “We’re very pleased with the results of our first-ever coffee morning and now we hope to hold regular coffee mornings at the chapel for other local causes.”

At Doddington Court in Doddington they raised £255.23p.

Dee Bennett, one of the organisers of the event at the Benwick Road supported living complex, said: “We were very pleased. The residents were very generous.”

Gorefield woman Amanda Archer held her first-ever coffee morning, inspired by her late sister, Tracy Bennington, who died in August of cancer.

Mrs Archer hosted the event on Thursday from 11am-2pm at her step father, Martin Walpole’s pub, the Woodman’s Cottage, and netted a grand total of £923.93p.

The money will be split between the Macmillan Unit at the North Cambs Hospital and Macmillan Cancer Support – £541.70 going to the Wisbech unit and £382.23 going to the charity.

Mrs Archer said: “I couldn’t believe how much we raised and I’d like to thank everyone who supported the event.

“It was very emotional. Tracy was only 47 when she died in August and it meant a lot to the family to do this in her memory.

“I’m really pleased with the final total and will definitely hold another now.”