McGregors hit £100,000 fundraising milestone

Coffee morning at  Bourne Corn exchange. Organisers Michael and  Margaret McGregor EMN-151126-162130009

Coffee morning at Bourne Corn exchange. Organisers Michael and Margaret McGregor EMN-151126-162130009

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A couple who started raising money for leukaemia research with a coffee morning at their home have hit the £100,000 milestone.

Dr Michael and Margaret McGregor, from Bourne, held their first coffee morning more than 30 years ago in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, now known as Bloodwise, after their son John was diagnosed with leukaemia.

Coffee morning at  Bourne Corn exchange. On their stall  Gill Stoneman and Anne Corpe. EMN-151126-162018009

Coffee morning at Bourne Corn exchange. On their stall Gill Stoneman and Anne Corpe. EMN-151126-162018009

John sadly died in 1985, but his parents kept raising money, moving from their home to cricket pavilions and church halls before finally taking over Bourne Corn Exchange.

Thanks to a loyal group of volunteers and a steady band of attendees, the coffee mornings have remained popular over the years, raising a few thousand pounds each time. And at their most recent event on Thursday, they raised enough to take them over £100,000 in total.

The couple prefer to focus on the good that their fundraising can do rather than specific targets, but Michael said: “Isn’t it just a great figure to reach?

“We started off just at home and then we have had to get bigger, with the cricket club and the church hall. And you can’t get much bigger in Bourne than the Corn Exchange.

Coffee morning at  Bourne Corn exchange.  Jeannie Whyte, Anita Chatburn, Victor Charburn, Helen Whitfield, Yvonne Roberts, Jean Fownes and Helene Currell EMN-151126-162003009

Coffee morning at Bourne Corn exchange. Jeannie Whyte, Anita Chatburn, Victor Charburn, Helen Whitfield, Yvonne Roberts, Jean Fownes and Helene Currell EMN-151126-162003009

“We had a good number of people who seemed to be enjoying themselves, and we raised a very worthwhile sum. We saw a lot of familiar faces.”

The couple thanked all those who attended and who spent many hours helping organise the event, donating items for stalls and setting up the venue. And they have no plans to stop, despite reaching such an incredible amount.

“As far as I’m concerned we are carrying on,” said Michael.

To find out more about the work of Bloodwise and how you can help fund vital research, visit www.bloodwise.org.uk.

Coffee morning at  Bourne Corn exchange. On their stall  Jean Kirkman and Mary Pinder EMN-151126-162101009

Coffee morning at Bourne Corn exchange. On their stall Jean Kirkman and Mary Pinder EMN-151126-162101009

Coffee morning at  Bourne Corn exchange. EMN-151126-161938009

Coffee morning at Bourne Corn exchange. EMN-151126-161938009

Coffee morning at  Bourne Corn exchange. On their stall  Heather Birch and  Doreen Spencer-Henderson EMN-151126-162030009

Coffee morning at Bourne Corn exchange. On their stall Heather Birch and Doreen Spencer-Henderson EMN-151126-162030009

Coffee morning at  Bourne Corn exchange. Selling jam,  Doreen Blackman, Mary Stark, Margaret McGregor and Rachel Parsisson EMN-151126-162117009

Coffee morning at Bourne Corn exchange. Selling jam, Doreen Blackman, Mary Stark, Margaret McGregor and Rachel Parsisson EMN-151126-162117009