Pots of support for cancer campaign

Macmillan Coffee Mornings.' ' Harry, Edward, William, Tyler, Oliver and Olivia from Longhorsley Village Playgroup joined the event at St Helen's Church.
Macmillan Coffee Mornings.' ' Harry, Edward, William, Tyler, Oliver and Olivia from Longhorsley Village Playgroup joined the event at St Helen's Church.

RESIDENTS and businesses across Northumberland made time for a coffee break to raise thousands of pounds for cancer care.

Dozens of venues in the county joined in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in support of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Among those taking part were community groups, churches, friends and neighbours in Kirkhill, Morpeth.

The event was organised by veteran host Ann Henderson, with the help of Gillian and Ken Irvine who lost their 12-year-old grandson to osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer, last year.

They wanted to re-pay the caring Macmillan nurses who supported the family throughout his illness.

Morpeth Mayor Phil Taylor called into the coffee morning and a donation from the St George’s Lunchtime Concerts contributed £219, which helped take the overall total raised from the event to almost £1,100.

Meanwhile, young members of Longhorsley Village Playgroup were delighted to tuck in to some chocolate cake at a coffee morning at St Helen’s Church.

The children enjoyed meeting everyone at the church and the coffee morning raised more than £500.

At Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre more than £200 was collected as customers enjoyed refreshments in return for a donation.

General Manager Roger Wale said: “We held the coffee morning to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and it was a great success. Lots of people from the area came along to the event and helped us support this worthy cause.”

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