Coffee time for Macmillan across South Holland

COFFEE AND CAKES:  Lorna Webb and her helpers with four "Mac" men in Pinchbeck for coffee and cakes in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
COFFEE AND CAKES: Lorna Webb and her helpers with four "Mac" men in Pinchbeck for coffee and cakes in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Schools, businesses, community groups and care homes joined in with the task of raising hundreds of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday.

The astonishing sum of £1,000 was raised at The Floristry Studio, Gedney Hill, where the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for the cancer charity ran for ten hours over two days.

Demand from visitors to the village florist proved so strong that staff extended the fundraising event for an extra hour on Friday afternoon into Saturday morning for three hours as well.

Owner Heather Congreve said: “We started this in 2013 and raised £300 in that year, so through whatever means we just decided to carry on through the years.

“Last year, we raised £630 and so we thought that we’d like to get to £700 this time.

“We posted the event on social media, did a leaflet drop and asked a few friends to bake cakes, with several coming in that I’d not even asked for.

Coffee and cakes for pupils, parents, grandparents and staff at Monkshouse Primary School, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Coffee and cakes for pupils, parents, grandparents and staff at Monkshouse Primary School, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.

“Then we bought two gazebos, thinking that if it rains, we’ve got somewhere to go.

“But it became such an attraction that people were just calling in and it was absolutely brilliant.

“I’ve lived in this village for over 40 years and there were some people who came that I didn’t even recognise.

“The place was alive because the cause touched so many hearts and I’m still on a high because of it.

I’ve lived in this village for over 40 years and there were some people who came that I didn’t even recognise

Heather Congreve, The Floristry Studio, Gedney Hill

“This year, we bought a coffee machine and I’m so pleased we did so because it made life so much easier and we’re definitely having anothe Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning next year to which everybody will be welcome.”

Meanwhile, children at Gosberton Academy and Monkshouse Primary School, Spalding, invited their parents and grandparents in for tea, coffee and cakes served by staff.

Carole Baker, a teaching assistant at Monkshouse Primary School, said: “I was totally overwhelmed by the parents, friends and families whose generosity was, I felt, a reflection of the empathy they have with the school.

“The whole Monkshouse school family participated in various ways as all the children came in non-uniform, with Key Stage 1 pupils donating cakes and Key Stage 2 pupils donating money.

Activities co-ordinator Ida Brickles serves cake to resident Fred Edwards at St John's Care Home, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Activities co-ordinator Ida Brickles serves cake to resident Fred Edwards at St John's Care Home, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.

“A small group of Year 6 pupils did a great job in helping to sell the cakes, while staff provided the hot drinks.

“The afternoon was a huge success and a grand total of £700 was raised for which we would like to say many thanks to all those who attended.”

There was also a coffee morning at Gosberton Public Hall and Jane Parker, one of the hall’s trustees, said: “It went absolutely fine, it was very busy and we were quite inundated with people during the morning.

“We had vintage, craft, plant, book and bric-a-brac stalls, as well as teas, coffees and cakes for Macmillan.

“We were surprised by how good the response was from the village and money raised from the stalls went into the public hall fund.

“There was also a Macmillan Coffee Morning for residents, family members and staff at St John’s Care Home, Spalding.

Jane Parker and Rhona Perry, with visitor Helen Harley (centre) at Gosberton Public Hall.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Jane Parker and Rhona Perry, with visitor Helen Harley (centre) at Gosberton Public Hall. Photo by Tim Wilson.

There was also a “Bake Off” competition, with the winner receiving a coffee shop voucher from a panel of “expert cake lovers”, according to a spokesman for Country Court Care which runs St John’s.

The cakes were then sold on Sunday to raise money for Macmillan.

Macmillan Coffee Day at Gosberton Academy.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Macmillan Coffee Day at Gosberton Academy. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Akshaya Karunagaran surrounded by cupcakes at Monkshouse Primary School, Spalding, ready to serve to pupils, parents, grandparents and staff at its Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning event.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Akshaya Karunagaran surrounded by cupcakes at Monkshouse Primary School, Spalding, ready to serve to pupils, parents, grandparents and staff at its Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning event. Photo by Tim Wilson.