FUNDRAISING events held in South Yorkshire for cancer charity Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning have smashed their target.
In total, about 1,000 events were held, bringing in £244,000 so far, in what the charity said was a ‘phenomenal success’.
Steve Loane, area fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “In South Yorkshire, we had a target of £150,000 from 600 events. We absolutely smashed this.
“The money is still coming in and we would expect the final figure to be closer to £250,000.
“It’s a tremendous reflection of the generosity of local people and recognition of what we do and the continuing need for our services locally.
“Nationally the event has raised £14 million and rising, compared to £10 million in 2011.
“We will be announcing final figures for the amount raised during 2012 early in the New Year, and launch details for the 2013 event.”
Fundraising events included coffee mornings held by community groups and schools such as Woodseats Primary School, where homemade cakes were on sale.
A more unusual event saw student Lauren King, aged 20, from Wisewood, sit in a bath of coffee beans in the middle of Meadowhall shopping centre, after losing her nan to cancer.
Lauren said care given by Macmillan nurses helped the family to cope ‘at such a tough time’.