COMMUNITIES around the county will share a cup of coffee and cake as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan on Friday.

The country-wide campaign encourages business, individuals and community groups to set up their own coffee mornings to raise essential funds for the cancer charity.

Last year, 115,000 people signed up to hold a coffee morning around the country, raising the record-breaking sum of £15 million towards practical, medical and financial support for cancer patients and their families.

Since the first event was held in 1991, coffee mornings have raised over £75 million for Macmillan.

More than [] coffee mornings have been registered on the Macmillan website in the Huntingdonshire area.

The Burleigh Hill Community Centre, St Ives, will be holding a coffee morning from 10.30am-2pm which will feature live music from a cello player and a rock artist.

There will also be a variety of stalls to browse, a play area for children and a raffle which includes the top prize of breakfast cooked by Philip Pope of Floods Tavern.

The organiser Angela Ayers-Wilson said: “I want to create a nice friendly atmosphere for people to come and have a cup of coffee and cake and raise money for a really good cause.”

At the Old Ferry Boat, Holywell Front, St Ives, customers are being invited to enjoy cakes served by the team at the Old English Inn in return for donations to the charity from 10am – 12pm.

There will also be a table top sale with handmade crafts and second-hand items.

Kat Thorpe, manager of the Old Ferry Boat Inn, said: “It is a fantastic cause and we are really excited about what our coffee morning has in store this year.

“Everyone knows somebody who has been affected by cancer, whether it is a friend, somebody in their family or a colleague - it really is a great cause and a great way to involve the local community.”

INFORMATION: For more information, visit www.coffee.macmillan.org.uk.