Monday, 27 September 2021

Caffeine boost for charity coffers

THOUSANDS of pounds was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support at a series of coffee and cake mornings.

THOUSANDS of pounds was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support at a series of coffee and cake mornings.

Friday was the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, which is the charity’s biggest fund-raiser and takes place every year.

Schools, nurseries, community groups and individuals hosted fund-raising events.

Paula Isaac, of Gainsborough Road, Henley, hosted a coffee morning for her friend Louise Hooper, whose partner Steff Henricci and mother Carol both lost their lives to cancer. Miss Hooper, who attended the event with the couple’s son Albie, three, and her daughter Libby, 11, was one of about 60 guests at Mrs Isaac’s home on Saturday.

Henley Mayor Lorraine Hillier brought cakes and coffee from her Hot Gossip coffee house in Friday Street and fellow town councillor David Eggleton also attended.

There was a photobooth with fancy dress costumes, face painting and a balloon release. The event raised £173.31. Mrs Isaac said: “Everyone who came knew Louise’s circumstances and came to support her, which was nice. It was supposed to finish at about noon but it went on until 1.30pm as everyone was happy and it just carried on. We were really pleased with the amount raised.”

About 100 people attended a coffee morning at Rupert House School in Bell Street, Henley, organised by marketing officer Nicky Andrews and teacher Sarah Williams. The event raised £428.60.

The Friends of St Mary’s School raised £458.80 with coffee morning at the independent school in St Andrew’s Road, Henley. There was also a second-hand uniform sale and a sale of cakes in the afternoon of those that hadn’t sold earlier.

Ella Rosi, 11, raised £255.63 by hosting friends and family at her house in Damer Gardens, Henley, on Saturday.

Frost Borneo Optometrists in Duke Street. Henley, raised £120 by selling cakes in store on Friday.

A fund-raising event at Badgemore Park Golf Club made £1,460, which will be split between Macmillan, Mencap Maidenhead and the Scoliosis Association.

About 200 people attended the event, which included the sale of clothes and jewellery. All the vendors with stalls donated 10 per of their takings. Organiser Naomi Northen-Ellis, from Stoke Row, said: “We did really well and had a lot of support.”

Kidmore End Pre-School raised £159.15 on Friday when parents and staff took in cakes.

Manager Nicky Liddon-Horncastle said: “We have been running a Macmillan coffee morning for 10 years now. All our staff, parents and committee members make cakes and donate raffle prizes to make it a success.”

A coffee morning at Our Lady and St Anne’s Church in Caversham raised £290. Organiser Sharon Christy, of Briants Avenue, said: “It was a real community event with people from the church as well St Anne’s, the Heights and Micklands primary schools.

“There must have been 60 people in total. It was fantastic and we’re really pleased with the amount raised.”

The Abbeycrest care home in Kennylands Road, Sonning Common, raised £62.50 with a coffee morning which was combined with the residents’ weekly “sherry Friday”. About a dozen relatives of residents attended the event.

• More pictures of coffee mornings will be published in next week’s Henley Standard.

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