Macmillan coffee mornings not a wash out

PEOPLE all across Comet country raised their mugs for charity on Friday, in a series of coffee mornings for Macmillan Cancer Research.

More than 1000 events were held across the county, with charity bosses hopeful they have hit their fundraising target of �169,000.

Torrential rain failed to dampen the spirits of the event held in Stevenage Town Square, and despite the marquee flooding, people still turned out to show their support, raising �534.

“We had to carry everything through the town and set up outside the Littlewoods because it was so wet,” said Stevenage town centre manager Tracey Parry.

“People still came and found us, so we managed to have a successful event. The people of Stevenage are very generous.

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“It was so cold, and we all got wet, but spirits remained high throughout the day.”

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland joined in the fun at a coffee morning held by Jenny Keen and her friend Anita Parsley, an event which raised more than �290 for the cancer charity. Elsewhere in Stevenage, Christ the King Chruch in Symonds Green welcomed locals for a hot drink and cake.

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In Hitchin, staff from Karen and Tulios Hair Salon on Bancroft held a week long event, dishing out coffee and cakes to customers whilst they were getting pampered.

And Sainsbury’s in Letchworth raised �317 by holding a coffee and cake stand outside their store, despite the pouring rain.

“The World’s Biggest Coffee morning was a fantastic success,” said Macmillan’s Cancer Support fundraising manager Carla Poole. “I would like to thank everyone who took part and tucked away kilos of cakes and gallons of coffee for our cause.

“It was a great event, and once again the people of Comet country got behind us whole-heartedly, helping us raise thousands of pounds.”

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