World’s Biggest Coffee Morning: Stevenage and North Herts events raise thousands for Macmillan Cancer Support

PUBLISHED: 14:34 02 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:09 03 October 2017

Some of the cakes at Roebuck Academy baked for the Macmillan Coffee Morning bake off. Picture: Danny Loo

Some of the cakes at Roebuck Academy baked for the Macmillan Coffee Morning bake off. Picture: Danny Loo

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The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday was alive and well in Herts and Beds, raising thousands for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Karen Newman (far right) organised a coffee morning after her cancer ordeal last year. Picture: Nick GillKaren Newman (far right) organised a coffee morning after her cancer ordeal last year. Picture: Nick Gill

We have put together some highlights from Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event of the year.

Karen Newman and her colleagues at Barnes & Partners Solicitors in Stevenage Old Town organised an office bake-off, coffee morning and raffle, raising £1,700 for the cause that is of special significance for Karen.

The 45-year-old was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia last year, and received a huge amount of support from Macmillan.

Following her remarkable recovery, she wanted to give something back to the charity.

Left to right: Head boy Matthew Inman, Brooke Middleton, year 12, Headteacher Tim Litchfield and Emma Cole, Head girl at the Knights Templar coffee morning. Picture: Fiona RoperLeft to right: Head boy Matthew Inman, Brooke Middleton, year 12, Headteacher Tim Litchfield and Emma Cole, Head girl at the Knights Templar coffee morning. Picture: Fiona Roper

Staff and students at the Knights Templar School in Baldock hosted one of the largest coffee mornings in the area, with 1,500 people buying cakes.

The event was arranged by the student leadership team, who have worked hard to ensure the success of the fundraiser.

Their efforts meant that £2,533 was raised for Macmillan.

Clowns, magicians and fortune tellers congregated at the Brewery Tearooms in Walkern, to raise money in a circus-themed coffee morning on Friday.

Brewery Tearooms team all dressed up for circus themed tea party. Picture: Brewery TearoomsBrewery Tearooms team all dressed up for circus themed tea party. Picture: Brewery Tearooms

This was the tearoom’s eighth annual charity event – and it was followed by a sponsored bike ride the next day.

All together they have raised almost £5,000, with donations still flooding in.

Josephine Wiles from Shefford ‘braved the shave’ for Macmillan at her daughter’s coffee morning.

Her courageous fundraising efforts were in aid of her lifelong friend Annette Pacy, who has pancreatic cancer.

Josephine Wiles before her Brave the Shave for Macmillan. Picture: Danny LooJosephine Wiles before her Brave the Shave for Macmillan. Picture: Danny Loo

In total, the coffee morning and sponsored headshave raised £1,363.

Back in Stevenage, children and staff at Roebuck Academy got their aprons dirty to contribute to the school’s bake-off.

The effort raised more than £500 in what has been the school’s first big event of the year since becoming an academy.

Walsworth Community Centre in Hitchin put on a coffee and cake morning, getting involved with the festivities as neighbours contributed their homemade cakes.

Elisabeth Rainbow with her mum Josephine Wiles after her Brave the Shave for Macmillan. Picture: Danny LooElisabeth Rainbow with her mum Josephine Wiles after her Brave the Shave for Macmillan. Picture: Danny Loo

Sainsbury’s donated £20 worth of cakes and North Hertfordshire District Council chairman Alan Millard made an appearance to help with the fundraising, which totalled £136.

Hitchin also saw Purwell Primary School getting involved with a coffee morning that raised £200, while The Priory School sixth form prefect team organised the secondary school’s coffee morning stall – raising £180.

Broom Barns Community Primary School in Stevenage satisfied cake cravings of more than 300 guests, including children, parents, town MP Stephen McPartland and the mayor Pam Stuart.

The primary school’s sixth year of coffee and cake mornings raised £920, making it a total of more than £4,000 since 2011.

Years two, four and six pupils with some of the cakes at Roebuck Academy baked for the Macmillan Coffee Morning bake off. Picture: Danny LooYears two, four and six pupils with some of the cakes at Roebuck Academy baked for the Macmillan Coffee Morning bake off. Picture: Danny Loo

Budgens in Great Ashby teamed up with Circles Café for two days of coffee mornings, raising a total of £1,700 for Macmillan.

Stevenage Borough Council also held a staff event for the cause, raising £116.

Donna Lee from Macmillan told the Comet: “Coffee mornings are massive for Macmillan. It’s a real community event.

“The target for this year’s events country-wide is £38 million, which is huge. Hertfordshire will probably raise about £1 million of that, with the average coffee morning raising approximately £250. That goes to show the number of events that were held in the area. It’s phenomenal.

Macmillan Mascot Muggy visited Roebuck Academy. Picture: Donna LeeMacmillan Mascot Muggy visited Roebuck Academy. Picture: Donna Lee

“Without the support of every individual we would be unable to provide the much-needed support to cancer patients and their families – so we are extremely grateful.”

Anyone wishing to get in contact or raise money for Macmillan in Hertfordshire should contact Donna at dolee@macmillan.org.uk.

Councillor Alan Millard with organisers or Walsworth community centre coffee morning, Janet Walker, Nikki Walker and Ian Bentley. Picture: Alan MillardCouncillor Alan Millard with organisers or Walsworth community centre coffee morning, Janet Walker, Nikki Walker and Ian Bentley. Picture: Alan Millard

Purwell School students enjoying cake at their break time coffee morning. Picture: Stella BarnesPurwell School students enjoying cake at their break time coffee morning. Picture: Stella Barnes

Left to right: Apprentice Charlie Barrow, Chris Kalaiarasu, MP Stephen McPartland, Headteacher Jayne Currant, Mayor of Stevenage Pam Stuart and Mayor Consort Tony Turner. Picture: Jason MartinLeft to right: Apprentice Charlie Barrow, Chris Kalaiarasu, MP Stephen McPartland, Headteacher Jayne Currant, Mayor of Stevenage Pam Stuart and Mayor Consort Tony Turner. Picture: Jason Martin

Staff at Broom Barns Community Primary School sell cakes for the Macmillan Coffee morning. Picture: Danny LooStaff at Broom Barns Community Primary School sell cakes for the Macmillan Coffee morning. Picture: Danny Loo

Macmillan Mascot Muggy visited Larwood primary school. Picture: Donna LeeMacmillan Mascot Muggy visited Larwood primary school. Picture: Donna Lee

Budgens staff member Charlie Crichton with Muggy at the Circle Cafe/Budgens coffee morning. Picture: Donna LeeBudgens staff member Charlie Crichton with Muggy at the Circle Cafe/Budgens coffee morning. Picture: Donna Lee

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