Coffee, cakes and cash as hundreds back fundraiser

Kim Mullaney, Susan Lockyer and Peter Pickering
Kim Mullaney, Susan Lockyer and Peter Pickering
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There were plenty of cups of coffee drunk and several slices of cake consumed as Daventry and surrounding villages backed a good cause.

Among those taking part in last Friday’s Macmillan Coffee Morning – an annual nationwide event to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support – was Co-operative 
Funeral Care in Daventry’s High Street, which raised £182.

Coffee, tea and cakes were served at the event while a Bentley was parked outside to attract people through the door. Sue Lockyer, funeral arranger, said: “It was a really positive event, we had a lot of people come in to see us.”

Orange Blossom, also in the High Street, put on a coffee morning. With so many cakes on sale at the shop, the organisers decided to continue selling them over the weekend to boost the coffers to £135.88p. Owner Gemma Powell said: “It was really good and really nice to see people coming out. It was a lot of fun.” An event at Byfield Village Club raised £350, while a coffee morning at the Gongoozler’s Rest in Braunston raised £769.

The Wheatsheaf Court care home in Daventry raised £473 through its coffee morning and an Ice Bucket Challenge by staff, while a coffee morning at Charwelton Village Hall raised £1,290, which included donations as well as an extra £284 from the sale of the MacMillan Christmas cards. A coffee morning also took place at the United Reformed Church in Long Buckby, while a charity horse ride was held at Clay Coton.

Macmillan provides support to thousands of people across the country who have been diagnosed with cancer and their families.

For further information about the scheme visit coffee.macmillan.org.uk/