Cakes were eaten, hot drinks were sipped and many thousands of pounds were raised when the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning took South Yorkshire by storm.
The annual campaign in aid of charity Macmillan Cancer Support took place yesterday, with more than 3,200 people signing up to serve treats and offer refreshing brews across the county.
Schoolchildren at Porter Croft School in Broomhall, Sheffield, were one of the first groups to get involved in the coffee morning fun, donning fancy dress and enjoying homemade fairy cakes.
An impressive array of cupcakes, flapjacks and muffins were sold at Handsworth Medical Centre to collect funds, and Vanilla Coffee Shop, on Abbeydale Road, Millhouses, raffled off an afternoon tea for Macmillan.
Cleaning firm Merry Maids South Yorkshire made a charity pledge to coincide with the coffee morning day, promising to donate £10 for every new customer they attract over the coming year.
Carol Fargher, from Merry Maids, said: “We are delighted to be helping to raise money for Macmillan - they are a truly wonderful charity, who do a fantastic job and we couldn’t be happier to be involved.
“We frequently clean for people recovering from cancer, helping them to keep their homes germ-free while their immune systems are low, so we are particularly pleased to be involved with fundraising.”
At Oliver’s Mount Football Club a coffee morning took place along with a balloon release, and workers at Sheffield law firm Cartwright King, Lloyd’s bank and Barclays sold cakes.
Events also happened at Ecclesfield Parish Council’s community room on Packhorse Lane, Fulwood Sports Club and Renishaw Hall.
Staff and visitors at Maltby Leisure Centre collected more than £350, and Dimensions - a Sheffield-based organisation which helps people with learning disabilities - raised £80.
John Burkhill, Macmillan’s stalwart Man with the Pram, walked from Middlewood to Walkley, calling in at coffee mornings on the way.
Rob Turner, the charity’s Sheffield fundraising manager, said money would be used to fund extra Macmillan nurses.
An extra coffee morning is happening next Saturday for anyone who missed Friday’s fun - St Nicholas Church, at High Bradfield, is offering coffee and cakes from 10am to 1pm in aid of the palliative care unit at the Northern General Hospital.