Coffee proves hot stuff for charity fund-raising

Some of the knitters in the Knit and Natter group display their medals.
Some of the knitters in the Knit and Natter group display their medals.

RESIDENTS, organisations and businesses across the county put the kettle on to raise money for charity.

They took part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, where people were offered tea and coffee in return for a donation.

Residents and staff at Grange Lea Rest Home in Ponteland took the opportunity to show off their diverse recent achievements to those in attendance at its event. These included winning the trophy at the Parish Show for the most points in the handicrafts section, with success in the hand-made toy, hand-knitted article and any other craft categories.

The knit and natter group displayed their medals, awarded to them by the family worker at the Methodist Church for knitting hundreds of squares, which are stitched up to make blankets for refugees, and a variety of other items such as hats for heroes and jackets for premature babies.

The owner and manager of the home Daniel Whaley also did some fund-raising recently when he and his two daughters completed the Great North Run in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice.

Also in Ponteland, Italian restaurant Fratelli collected £542.13 for Macmillan. A fund-raising raffle was added to the proceeds from the sale of hot drinks and everyone who took part was rewarded with a free slice of cake or other sweet treat.

Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre near Morpeth brought in a total of £283.73 from its event.

General Manager Roger Wale said: “It was a great success as lots of people from the area came along and helped us support this worthy cause.”

Pegswood resident Sarah Brown was delighted with how her coffee morning went, with £500 raised on the day. It included face painting, a cake stall, raffle, name the teddy competition, tombola and a zumba session.

She thanked local Brownies and WI groups for helping to organise it and all those who volunteered their time to be involved in the event.

Staff at the Herald office in Newgate Street also held a coffee morning, including competitions.

Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, medical, emotional and financial assistance to people affected by cancer.