Time for coffee (and cake!)

30th August 2011'P&C are holding a coffee morning at the office to raise money for Macmillian Cancer support' Pictured: Reporter Georgina Watson with some of the cakes'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
30th August 2011'P&C are holding a coffee morning at the office to raise money for Macmillian Cancer support' Pictured: Reporter Georgina Watson with some of the cakes'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

COFFEE lovers and cake munchers were in for a treat last week as companies, schools and community groups held coffee mornings to raise money for Macmillian Cancer Support.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning campaign spread across the Five Towns with businesses including Barclays bank, the Express, and Pontefract’s Bon Marche store also backing the campaign and offering cuppas and tasty treats to residents in exchange for a donation to the cancer support and advice charity.

Helen Sorrell from Bon Marche helped raise £538 running the store’s coffee morning and handing out goodie bags.

She said: “It went really well, our customers loved the goodie bags and were more than happy to help us to raise money for such a brilliant charity.”

St Botolph’s Church in Knottingley held its coffee morning in the parish rooms on Friday and raised £440.

Linda Brown, church warden, said: “It was brilliant. We had around 50 people come down to have a coffee and have a go on the raffle and games.”

Mrs Brown runs St Botolph’s brownies group and encouraged youngsters to help with fundraising events.

The church has held an event for the last 11 years, raising £3,325 for the charity.

Laura Marshall, from Macmillan, said: “They have raised a fantastic amount of money for Macmillan, allowing us to continue to support people who are affected by cancer.

“It is groups like the Knottingley brownies who have helped make this year’s campaign the biggest ever, which is special as it was the event’s 21st birthday.”

The Express raised £51 by asking the public to make donations in return for buns and cakes made by staff at the office at Front Street, Pontefract.