Put the kettle on - it’s time for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning!
Across South Yorkshire, folk are digging out their best china, preparing their cafetières, and serving up delicious cakes as part of the annual campaign in aid of charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
The good cause hopes to collect more than £120,000 this year in Sheffield alone - and the city’s fundraising efforts were kicked off by the Owls at Hillsborough Stadium, where club chairman Milan Mandaric and winger Michail Antonio tucked into a cake or two to support the appeal.
More than 3,200 people in the county have signed up to hold coffee mornings, and Macmillan’s Sheffield fundraising manager Rob Turner said locals have got behind the charity drive ‘wholeheartedly’.
“I would like to thank everyone who is holding or attending a coffee morning at work, at home or in the community,” said Rob.
“Over the next two years we are spending £2 million in South Yorkshire so we can support more patients and families affected by cancer.”
In Sheffield today, John Burkhill - the city’s ‘Man with the Pram’ - is setting off on another walk in his trademark style, dressed in green comedy wig and pushing a pram.
John, who has humorously called his jaunt Pramlines, will be walking from Winn Gardens in Middlewood to South Road, Walkley, calling in on a series of coffee mornings on the way.
Leppings Lane Area Residents’ Group will be attending a coffee morning at The Riverside café on Catch Bar Lane, and the Sutton Estate Residents’ Group stage their own event in the community centre on Dunella Road.
Brightside and Hillsborough MP David Blunkett is attending an event in Hillsborough Library, while Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield will be awaiting John’s arrival at Our Gert’s Café in Walkley.
Meanwhile, workers on the region’s East Midlands Trains services are selling cakes and buns to rustle up charity cash, and Renishaw Hall is opening its doors for a one-off coffee morning today.
Vanilla Coffee Shop, on Abbeydale Road, Millhouses, is raffling off an afternoon tea in aid of Macmillan, and Lloyd’s bank workers will be selling sweet treats at the Pinstone Street branch.
Events are also happening at Oliver’s Mount Football Club, Handsworth Medical Practice and Ecclesfield Parish Council’s community room on Packhorse Lane,
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