Coffee time success for charity in North Devon

MORE THAN 150 coffee mornings took place across North Devon as part of Macmillan s World s Biggest Coffee Morning and the charity is anticipating a record breaking amount of donations from the area.    So far, the charity has received over �10,500 from c

MORE THAN 150 coffee mornings took place across North Devon as part of Macmillan's World's Biggest Coffee Morning and the charity is anticipating a record breaking amount of donations from the area.

So far, the charity has received over �10,500 from coffee morning hosts in North Devon, Plymouth and the Tamar Valley, but is anticipating nearly �90,000 from the region.

Mrs Joy Green from Torrington, whose husband Tony passed away from prostate cancer two years ago, opened her gardens and home to over 60 people to take part in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning and raised over �200.

Mrs Green said: "Sarah, our Macmillan Nurse visited my husband Tony every single night for an hour and never failed to cheer him up. We laughed and cried together. Her visits really did make all the difference and that's why I will always raise money for Macmillan."


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Mrs Pat Hughes of Ashford, Barnstaple held a coffee morning at the North Devon Yacht Club. Pat said: "We were thrilled with the success of our coffee morning. We had nearly 100 visitors who made a small donation on the door and have raised over �200 for Macmillan. I would like to thank our coffee morning helpers and the North Devon Yacht Club for their support."

Mr Barry Capps-Jenner from Appledore organised a coffee morning at the local bowls club in Bideford and raised a fantastic �405 for Macmillan. Barry said: "This was our first coffee morning and I'm very happy with what was achieved. We've learnt lots of lessons in how we can raise even more money at our next coffee morning for Macmillan."

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Macmillan's representative, Lisa Marchetti said: 'We rely almost entirely on donations, and without all the hard work from our coffee morning hosts and goodwill from those who go along to their events, we wouldn't be able to keep offering the fantastic services that so many people rely on.'

Lisa added: "When you're living with cancer, the difference between a good day and a bad day can often come down to really small things. Getting answers on something you're worrying about. Finding out you can get some financial support. Or just having a chat with someone who understands. Everyday Macmillan helps thousands of people to have a good day."

There are however, coffee morning that are still to take place including an event at The Hele Bay in Ilfracombe this Saturday 10th October. Visitors are welcome to enjoy coffee, cake and performances from the pianist Simon Banks from 11am. In the evening, a grand auction of prizes donated from local businesses, including weekend breaks and meals for two will be held at 7pm.

If you have been unable to take part in this year's coffee morning but would like to make a small donation, please visit www.justgiving.com/devonandcornwallcoffeemorning or text DRINK to 70123 - you will be charged �3 (plus your standard network rate) of which Macmillan will receive up to �2.80.

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