THE coffee bean came into its own on Friday as hundreds of people throughout West Suffolk organised coffee mornings in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Whether it was individuals holding a morning in their homes or organisations and businesses arranging a larger scale event, people dug deep and donated towards the work of the charity.
At the Macmillan Cancer Unit at West Suffolk Hospital, built as part of a Suffolk wide fund-raising appeal, staff, patients and volunteers raised £645.
Patients, visitors and staff were invited to drop in for a cuppa and cake.
Meanwhile, firefighters and staff at Thetford Fire Station staged their fifth event and raised a whopping £736.
Organised by admin assistant Christine Cater, youngsters had the chance to have their pictures taken with the fire engine while visitors could also browse and donate at several stalls.
There were musical notes at the Unitarian Meeting House, in Churchgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, where £157 was raised as people popped in for refreshments and enjoyed music from David Honeyball, Michael Phillips and Caroline Ranson. At Oxlip House, in Airfield Road, Bury, the coffee morning raised £217 and was enjoyed by residents, staff and volunteers.
Francine Wilkins-Smith opened her home at Dunstall Green, Dalham, for the fourth time and raised £506. This followed her husband’s death in 2003.
Beck Row Community Association and St John’s Church joined forces for a coffee morning at the community centre and raised £205 with a bring and buy and freshly made scones to go alongside the tea and coffee as well as a tombola.
Staff at The Barbershop, off Northgate roundabout, in Bury, made cakes and served coffee with support from their neighbours and raised £267, while Abbotts estate agents in Risbygate Street, Bury, staged their event and raised £30.
Lakenheath Village Hall Committee raised £475 at the village hall where there was a variety of stalls and refreshments.
Buildbase, at Stowmarket Business Park, in Needham Road, will be staging its event today from 7.30am to 12.30pm with a free bacon roll for every customer and a prize draw.