People in and around Bury St Edmunds have held coffee mornings in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support today.
Greene King and And So To Bed were among Bury businesses to host initiatives for the charity as did The Martins residential home and Nowton Court retirement centre who teamed up with Clark Care for their events.
Others taking part included West Suffolk Hospital which has a dedicated Macmillan cancer information and support unit, West Row Village Hall, St Edmundsbury Cathedral and Rattlesden Pavilion.
Val and Dave Orange, a couple from Wickhambrook also held their own coffee morning.
West Row Village Hall held a treasure hunt, a raffle and a flower arranging competition as part of their fund-raiser.
Organiser Michael Peachey said: “Things went amazingly well. Thank you to everyone who contributed to raising around £2,000.”
Greene King also pulled out all the stops, raising around £2,000 with a bake–off featuring several categories.
The best savoury category was won by Katy Rushton for her pork pie with an egg in the middle, which immediately sold out and best sweet was won by Stacey Hughes’ take on a chicken shaped ‘Old Speckled Hen’.
Clare Sturman continued her winning streak from past events with a 3D ‘Charlies Bar’ cake winning best use of a Greene King product and Richard Sparey won an award for his innovative 3D design inspired by a mug filled with coffee.
Since May 2012 Greene King coffee mornings nationwide have raised a stunning £500,000 for the charity.
Staff at And So To Bed were delighted to have raised around £1,200 at their event, which included a raffle with a prize donated by artist Lillias August.
Store manager Joy Stevens said: “We would like to thank all those who donated and for attending and making it such a success.”
The furniture retailer held a Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning several years ago but, after the popularity of today’s fund-raiser, now plans to make it an annual event.
The hospital’s cancer unit raised £775 selling cakes and cards and through some generous donations from people who felt they wanted to give back to the organisation.
Nikki Mckee said: “The atmosphere was incredible, really uplifting and I was blown away by the level of support.”
Nowton Court teamed up with Clark Care to raise a combined £260 supported by current and former residents as well as their families.
They also plan to make theirs an annual gathering.
It has been a busy couple of days for Clark Care which also picked up an award at the inaugural Suffolk Care Awards last night after being nominated for three and coming runner up in two categories.
There were games and stalls aplenty at The Martins which raised £300 with its event.
Michele Moore commented on how well things had gone and thanked all those involved.