Coffee for coffers

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COFFEE drinkers from across the district united last week to help raise thousands of pounds for charity.

A host of events were organised in aid of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, which raises cash each year for Macmilan Cancer Support.

And across the Daventry area cups and saucers were out in force as thousands got behind the fundraiser.

Weedon Bec Primary School collected almost £400 and headteacher Antony Witheyman said: “We raised £120 more than last year and had around 120 people from the community, as well as year six pupils and the school council.

“It was a fantastic morning and I’m very proud of the whole school.”

Stella Batten arranged a coffee morning at the Grange Family Centre with Karen Hardwick, and MP Chris Heaton-Harris was also in attendance.

She said: “We are hoping to get a total of around £300

“It was a very good day and we had a lot of people coming through the door.”

Elizabeth Hargreaves, 95, has been holding coffee mornings for 15 years on The Green in Braunston.

She said: “We haven’t collected all the money yet but so far we’ve raised £370.

“Around 50 or 60 people came along and it was a good morning.”

“In total we’ve raised around £7,000 over the years.”

Co-operative Funeral Care in Daventry raised £220.

Funeral service manager Peter Pickering said: “This is the first year that we’ve taken part in the coffee morning and we were overwhelmed with the response. We raised £220 in just four hours which is superb. So many people were so supportive, we’ll definitely be doing it again next year.”

The Evergreen Art Cafe on Sheaf Street teamed up with Barclays Bank for their event and are still counting the total amount raised.