Coffee for all as funds pour in

Worlds biggest coffee morning event at the Unitarian Meeting House, Churchgate Street, Bury.   Left to right -  Rosemary Hegerty, Delyse Ray, Gillian Gienke and Brenda Rice.
Worlds biggest coffee morning event at the Unitarian Meeting House, Churchgate Street, Bury. Left to right - Rosemary Hegerty, Delyse Ray, Gillian Gienke and Brenda Rice.
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THERE was every excuse for indulging in tasty cakes on Friday as communities throughout West Suffolk took part in the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

People invited friends and family in for a cup of coffee and cake and got the pounds rolling in at the annual event which supports cancer sufferers.

World's biggest coffee morning event at the Macmillan Unit at the West Suffolk Hospital.   Left to right -  Wendy Marchant, Emma Corke, Caroline Young, Julie Brown, Sally Redpath and Marion Rudman.

World's biggest coffee morning event at the Macmillan Unit at the West Suffolk Hospital. Left to right - Wendy Marchant, Emma Corke, Caroline Young, Julie Brown, Sally Redpath and Marion Rudman.

At the Martins Residential Home, in Vinefield, Bury St Edmunds, residents, families and friends dug deep and raised £244.75. There were competitions and a stall selling bits and pieces.

Michele Moore, who organised the morning, said: “It was very well supported and residents and their families were quite generous.”

Staff at Greene King raised more than £1,000 with their cake sale. The company is supporting Macmillan nationwide and is aiming to raise £1 million over the next three years.

During the morning, a bake off was staged with Chloe Pattenden winning with her lemon merangue cake, followed by Samantha Smith’s cheese and ham muffins and Amy Golledge’s ‘pint o’ cak,e a green and white take on Eton mess in an Abbot Ale glass.

The Unitarian Church, in Churchgate Street, Bury, raised £116.85 and visitors enjoyed live music sung by Michael and Caroline, accompanied by David Honeyball on piano.

Staff at the Macmillan Unit at West Suffolk Hospital got baking and together with a donation from a coffee morning at Cryspen Court in Bury raised £1,010.02.

Wendy Marchant, Macmillan information services manager, said: “We’d just like to thank everyone who came along and supported us. It was a brilliant effort by everyone.”

Palmers also raised £250 for Macmillan, holding a raffle for a Portmeirion teapot.

Lakenheath villagers flocked to the village hall and are expecting to have raised more than £1,700 at the event organised by Richard and Cheryl Smith.More than 300 people attended.

Eastgate Vets, in Mildenhall, raised £100 from its coffee mornings on Monday and Tuesday.

Mid Suffolk Tourist Information Centre, in Stowmarket, raised £454 for the charity and the lucky raffle winner took home a homemade fruit cake.