GALLERY: Comet country coffee mornings raise thousands for Macmillan

THOUSANDS of pounds have been raised as people across Comet country came together for the world’s biggest coffee morning.

The annual event for Macmillan Cancer Support was held on Friday, with plenty of coffee and cake going around.

Brewery Tearooms in Walkern had donations totalling �2,550 after selling cakes and holding a raffle, book and bric-a-sale sale as well as a silent auction.

Owner Sarah Parker said: “It was our fourth Macmillan fundraiser and we were determined to beat last year’s amazing total. Thanks to everyone who supported the day and for the hard work by all concerned, together we did it.”

Rhian Hilliar organised a coffee morning at Letchworth Garden City Church which was attended by more than 100 people.

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With the help of businesses in the area, the Letchworth GC resident was able to raise �1,100 for the cause.

“I’m really happy and can’t believe how much we’ve raised,” she said.

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“It was quite emotional for me but everyone had a good time.”

More than �950 was raised in four hours at a coffee morning in Stevenage town centre where businesses pitched in for the cause.

Town centre manager Tracey Parry said: “This is one of our favourite events in the town centre’s annual calendar because we are always overwhelmed by how much we raise, and we are humbled to hear so many stories about how Macmillan nurses have helped so many people.”

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland kept himself busy on Friday by joining coffee mornings held by Barnwell School, where more than �300 was raised, Barclays Bank, Manchester Close and Odyssey Sports Club.

There were lots of treats to try at Debbie Pearce and Tania Davidson’s fundraiser at the Baldock Scout Hut which has so far raised more than �300.

In Hitchin, brothers Satpreet and Jagroop Chohan sold luxury desserts and teas in Market Place and made a donation of �250 to Macmillan.

“Having lived in Hitchin all of our lives, my brother and I realised that it was time to do our part for the local community by giving back and also encouraging fellow members of our local community that doing so can be fun,” said Jagroop.

Staff at Henlow Church of England Academy munched their way through slices of cake with a fundraising total of more than �100.

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