Raising a cup to collect vital funds for cancer charity

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VARIOUS places in the county will be brewing up a cuppa on Friday so people can support a good cause.

Residents and organisations in Morpeth are among those taking part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning campaign.

And a couple of businesses will be doing some special activities to raise funds for the charity, which provides practical, medical, emotional and financial support to people affected by cancer.

Staff at Barnabas Safe and Sound in Wellwood House, Dark Lane, will be helped by some of the young adults it supports to run an event from 10am to 11.30pm, such as Luke, 22, who said: “Everyone is welcome to drop in for a hot drink, home-made cake and a chat.”

Anne Straker is having a Macmillan coffee morning at her home in Emily Davison Avenue, Kirkhill, between 10am and noon. Those who come along can also buy raffle tickets.

The other venues holding this type of event include the Riverside Leisure Centre in Newmarket. It will take place in its Cafe Bar.

A few brave men will be baring their legs for a waxing in aid of Macmillan at the Boots Pharmacy in the Morpeth NHS Centre, The Mount, from 10.30am.

There will also be a raffle and tombola featuring top prizes donated by local businesses such as a microlight flight over the Northumberland coast and an afternoon tea for two at Linden Hall.

Linda Wilson, dispenser at Boots in the centre, said: “We are hoping to raise a memorable amount of money to give to this worthy charity, whilst having fun in the community. Raffle tickets are on sale at all Morpeth Boots stores.”

In addition, Dobbies Garden World in Ponteland will be selling cupcakes.