Hundreds raise a cup of cheer for good cause

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Hundreds of people across Melton and the borough feasted on cakes and sank cups of tea and coffee to raise cash for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Dozens of schools and organisations took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, mostly on Friday, in a bid to help the charity improve the lives of people affected by cancer, by providing practical, emotional and financial support.

Art Group members Diane Smith and Sandy Williams provided coffee and cakes at the Tally Ho band hall 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

Art Group members Diane Smith and Sandy Williams provided coffee and cakes at the Tally Ho band hall 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

This year marked the 25th anniversary of The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, with the first one being held in 1990.

Janet Gilchrist, of the Macmillan Cancer Support Melton group, said: “It was great the way that so many perople got involved, from those hosting a coffee morning in their homes right through to businesses such as estate agents, opticians and even social clubs.

“Each year the number of venues seems to increase giving people lots of opportunities to give and take part.”

Among the participants who supported this year’s campaign by hosting coffee mornings were St Francis Primary School who raised £467, Melton Samworth Centre who raised £90 and Readesign Kitchens in Asfordby, who raised £334.

Melton Bookshop owner Catherine Baker and helpers for the day Ann Frankham and Dean Clark 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

Melton Bookshop owner Catherine Baker and helpers for the day Ann Frankham and Dean Clark 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

Elsewhere in the town, residents of Mowbray and Gretton Court took part and raised £148.17, The Welby pub raised £200, The Venue raised over £100 and members of the Melton Ladies Art Group raised over £200 with a contribution from Tesco.

Other businesses who took part and raised money included Sainsbury’s (£100), Specsavers (£80.14), Melton Bookshop (£51.50) and estate agents Harrison Murray (£242.45).

Further afield Eastwell residents Marion Wood and Audrey Cawthorn held a coffee morning at the village hall which raised £249 and a gathering at Sproxton Village Hall raised over £500.

A coffee morning was also held in Grimston Village Hall which raised £1,155 from tea and coffee, produce stalls and the sale of Christmas cards.

Harrison Murray staff Julie Sadio, Sophie brooks and Jacqueline Swift serve up some treats 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

Harrison Murray staff Julie Sadio, Sophie brooks and Jacqueline Swift serve up some treats 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

Scalford resident Angela Hewson held a coffee morning at her home in Scalford and a handful of residents on Staveley Road corner raised £224.70.

n Totals raised were correct at the time of going to press.

Me and My Learning clients Debbie Fisher, Joyce Johnson and Suzanne Knight had a party at Phoenix House 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

Me and My Learning clients Debbie Fisher, Joyce Johnson and Suzanne Knight had a party at Phoenix House 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

Samworth Centre staff Carol Sloan, Lily Dickinson and Kath Wilson keep the brews flowing 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

Samworth Centre staff Carol Sloan, Lily Dickinson and Kath Wilson keep the brews flowing 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

Angela Hewson and guests at her Scalford house party  PHOTO: Tim Williams

Angela Hewson and guests at her Scalford house party PHOTO: Tim Williams

Should have gone to Specsavers for tempting cakes and drinks 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

Should have gone to Specsavers for tempting cakes and drinks 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

At Sproxton Macmillan volunteers Brenda Greaves and Christine Griffin joined villager Cyril Buckberry and Christine Bench from The Herb Nursery PHOTO: Tim Williams

At Sproxton Macmillan volunteers Brenda Greaves and Christine Griffin joined villager Cyril Buckberry and Christine Bench from The Herb Nursery PHOTO: Tim Williams

Busy St Francis pupils keep guests supplied with lovely home-made cakes 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

Busy St Francis pupils keep guests supplied with lovely home-made cakes 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

The Welby pub staff get ready for their Macmillan morning  PHOTO: Tim Williams

The Welby pub staff get ready for their Macmillan morning PHOTO: Tim Williams