Grounds for celebration in Stevenage as Macmillan Cancer Support’s coffee morning comes to the boil

Macmillan Cancer Support coffee mornings 2015 - Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland at Broom Barns Schoo

Macmillan Cancer Support coffee mornings 2015 - Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland at Broom Barns School - Credit: Archant

People of all ages came together to enjoy a quick cuppa and piece of cake in aid of a good cause.

Brewery Tearooms raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Brewery Tearooms raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support. - Credit: Archant

Macmillan Cancer Support held the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning last week, and the people of Stevenage came out in their droves to support the charity.

The town’s MP, Stephen McPartland, attended six events on the day and said: “It is always a privilege to be invited along to so many of the coffee mornings held in our area to raise funds for Macmillan. There’s more and more being held every year and I am proud to attend as many as I can.

“There is fantastic support for Macmillan locally and these coffee mornings really do help bring our community together to make a difference.”

One of the places he attended – along with Stevenage’s mayor Howard Burrell – was Broom Barns Community Primary School, which raised £650 for the charity.


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There were cakes, coffee and even staff in fancy dress at the Homestead Moat school.

Head Jayne Currant said: “It is about raising awareness with children about helping others. Cancer is a disease that can affect anyone and events like this helps children understand that.

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“It also about community and bringing people together and doing something worthwhile.”

Brewery Tea Rooms raised more than £3,000 for Macmillan with its coffee morning on Friday.

The Walkern tea room held a 1920s-themed morning which included a tombola, bric-a-brac, raffle and live jazz music.

Owner Sarah Parker said: “I’m thrilled that once again we’ve managed to raise a substantial amount of money which will make a difference to someone’s life. There were so many acts of kindness that enabled us to raise this fantastic total including donations and customers and friends who gave up their time to help us out on the day.”

Staff and people living at Douglas Drive Senior Citizens Centre also raised more than £100 for Macmillan.

The home’s deputy manager Chris Lowry said: “It was a great day and a fantastic opportunity to get everyone together.”

The 29th Stevenage Brownies held its event last week, during its Tuesday night meeting. The brownies raised £174 for the charity by selling cakes and drinks. Group leader Lynn Riley said: “It was good to get the girls doing some really worthwhile, they loved it.”

Staff at the Ibis hotel in the town centre also played their part, collecting just under £500.

Donna Lee from Stevenage visited a number of coffee mornings throughout the day on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The area fundraising manager for Herts and Essex said: “It is difficult to put into words how amazing it was for me, and I’m not sure if that is because there is too much to say or because I am still on a coffee and sugar rush!

“The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning celebrated its 25th year and all the hosts went that extra mile to ensure that it was the best one ever.

“I can’t thank everyone enough. Without the continued support of the people of Hertfordshire, Macmillan would not be able to support people affected by cancer.

“We are on target to raise £30 million – £1.5m from events across the area I cover – and I can’t thank everyone enough.”

And if you missed out last week – there’s still time to play your part. Community midwife Chrissy Cass has a coffee morning tomorrow at Christ the King from 9.30am until 4pm, while The Leys Primary School plays host a week later – at 9am next Friday, October 9.

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