Sidmouth backs Macmillan Cancer Support coffee event

Sidmouth goes to town helping World’s Biggest Coffee Morning fundraiser for cancer charity

SIDMOUTH played its part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support last Friday and Saturday.

There was coffee, cake and conversation, banners, balloons and busking as more than 16 events across Sidmouth did their bit to beat cancer, writes Charlie Lister.

The national event is Macmillan’s biggest fund-raiser, making �8 million last year, with 43,000 people holding coffee mornings across the UK.

Sidmouth Conservative Club started the ball rolling early with its event, raising �72, while Sidmouth Golf Club raised �659.

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Ladies captain Sheila Skittrall, who chose Macmillan as her charity of the year, said: “It was a tremendous event and extremely well supported by over 100 members and visitors, who enjoyed the beautiful sunshine.”

“We had banners and balloons, coffee and delicious cake, and there were some really fantastic raffle prizes, including golf days at Chulmleigh and Liberton. We are absolutely thrilled with how much we raised.”

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Hilary Caldwell and Vivienne Bess, proprietors of the Royal Glen Hotel, and nearly 50 supporters, raised �200. The Kingswood and Devoran Hotel raised more than �170, while staff and customers at the Hair Loft, High Street, made �71.

Macmillan Sidmouth held a coffee morning at the Methodist Church and raised over �300, with Celia Moncke and Wally Cotgrave entertaining outside.

On Saturday another coffee morning at St Theresa’s Hall, raised �406.75 in two hours, delighting organiser Margaret Draper, who said: “This is the third time I’ve organised it and it was the best result I’ve had.”

Margaret, whose husband Eric died of cancer in May, added: “I had a lot of support from the parish and a lot of other people came as well. I’d like to thank everyone for their support and help on the day, including the four wonderful people in the kitchen.

Gaby Macadam and Rita Fields raised �100 on a prize draw and a cake stall made �60.

Joyce Burnham, chairman of Macmillan Sidmouth, said: “Sidmouth’s contribution to the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning was an amazing success, we have had some absolutely fabulous results and I’d like to say a big thank-you to everyone who got involved.”

Tricia Heard, area chairman, Devon, said: “Macmillan Cancer Support is enormously grateful to all those people through the Sid Valley and beyond who held or attended these events.

“In this, our centenary year, I imagine Douglas Macmillan would be amazed how the support for his charity has grown.” She said the call on Macmillan’s services had increased and it was working in partnership with the NHS to provide initial funding for new services to improve the lives of those living with cancer. She asked supporters to back Sidmouth’s committee in its work.

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