Brews up: Hundreds raised for Macmillan at Huntingdonshire coffee mornings

SCRUMPTIOUS home made cakes were savoured and gallons of coffee drunk as supporters turned out in their droves to support the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

Clubs, pubs, shops and charity supporters ran events throughout Huntingdonshire on Friday, raising hundreds of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

At Alconbury, friends Claire Senior and Eleanor Abbs, raised �350 for Macmillan at a coffee morning and cake sale. Claire, 37, was diagnosed with throat and mouth cancer five years ago.

More than 150 people attended their event at Alconbury Sports and Social Club. Also helping to entertain the crowds were staff from St Neots company Crafty Monkey.

Eleanor, 30, who runs cake-making business Elle’s Vintage Kitchen said: “It was just how we wanted it - there was a great atmosphere.”

At the Commemoration Hall in Huntingdon, the 66 people to sign the visitors book included Mayor of Huntingdon, Councillor Alan Mackender-Lawrence, Huntingdonshire District Council chairman, Councillor Jeff Dutton and his wife Claire; and district council vice-chairman Councillor Barbara Boddington.

Di Polley, chairman of Huntingdon Macmillan Support Committee, said: “This was the 10th year we have held the coffee morning. It was a wonderful day. We had a great deal of support. I get everyone to sign my book, and it is great to look back over the years.”

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A Macmillan coffee morning run by Charlotte Moerman at Kimbolton Scout hut attracted 60 people, also raised �385.

Di said: “This is the first time that Charlotte had arranged the event, and she did a wonderful job.”

Coffee mornings at Ramsey Golf Club and at the Ramsey home of Clare McNish raised another �1,500, and a coffee morning organised by Jean Dooley at her Godmanchester home raised �150.

Chefs from the Tap Room caf� and bar by the quay in St Ives had made a mouth watering array of cakes and biscuits to sell during the coffee morning, and around �100 was collected.

Manager Daniel Davidson said: “We had a lot of visitors, and it was a really good day. We always support the Macmillan Coffee morning, and after the event, customers were still making donations in our collecting boxes.”

In St Neots, new shop Beautiful Swagger put tables and chairs outside to welcome visitors to their coffee morning.

Owner Babs Baxter, who opened her independent boutique just 10 days before the event, said: “I just loved having the coffee morning. We had around 30 visitors, and I was thrilled to raise more than �40.

“One of my visitors was an 87-year-old lady who suffered from breast cancer 20 years ago. She has been knitting dolls for the charity; and wanted to support us.”

Cup cakes on sale had been donated by Gemma Cox, who runs another new business, Hidden Gem Cupcakes.

Home made cakes and a range of specialist coffees were enjoyed by visitors to The Exhibition pub and restaurant in London Road at Godmanchester.

Macmillan Cancer Support is their chosen charity this year; and the business has raised around �8,000, so far.

About 30 people attended a Macmillan coffee morning held at Offord Darcy church room.

Visitors enjoyed home made cakes made by volunteers, and there was a tombola and raffle. The event, along with a car boot sale held a couple of weeks earlier, raised a total of �578 for the charity.

*A concert by the RAF Wyton Voluntary Band in aid of Macmillan is being held at St Ives Free Church on Saturday (October 8) from 7.30pm. Tickets costing �10 come with a free glass of wine. Tickets can be obtained from the Just Sharing shop in the church, from Premier Travel in Huntingdon and St Ives, or by ringing 01480 431938.