A coffee morning with a twist in aid of refugees from war-torn countries has been hailed a big success.
There was a cake stall and a raffle, as well as a range of fun activities, for children at the event, which took place in Morpeth Methodist Church Hall.
Those who attended could get a free cup of tea or coffee in exchange for a toiletry item. These items were delivered to a refugee centre in Newcastle.
Almost £600 was raised during the morning – the money will be split between Save the Children and MOAS (the Migrant Offshore Aid Station).
Event organiser Sophie Hodgson said: “We did very well and I’m very grateful for all the hard work and support from family and friends and colleagues Caroline and Kirsten, who between them made cakes, provided raffle prizes, painted faces, helped with children’s activities, served refreshments, made banners and helped with the advertising.
“I received amazing support and kindness from businesses and individuals by way of donations for raffle prizes, including Mark Wood (England Cricket training top), Rutherfords of Morpeth, Martin’s the Butchers, Urban Spa, Linmor Direct, Shambles of Morpeth, the florist in Sanderson Arcade, the Morpeth branches of Costa Coffee, Boots, Morrisons and JoJo Maman Bébé and the Bertram’s café in Warkworth, and NE Print & Design produced some fabulous posters to help advertise the coffee morning.”
“Big thanks also go to Andy and Colin from Northumberland Scottish Pipes and Drums, who gave up their time to pipe folks merrily into the hall.”