THE sound of cups clattering and chins wagging could be heard across South Yorkshire as the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning got under way.
More than 3,000 people enjoyed a cuppa in the name of a good cause for the nationwide event yesterday which is designed to raise cash for the cancer charity.
Kettles were steaming in schools, shops, offices, homes and community halls across the area as an army of fundraisers served up coffee, tea and cake at their own events.
And with the response to this year’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is the highest-ever in South Yorkshire, the Macmillan team is hoping to smash its fundraising target of £150,000. Nurses from Northern General Hospital, Fir Vale, Sheffield, gave staff and patients the chance to enjoy a refreshing morning with their event in the dining room, while the Lord Mayor of Sheffield swooped in on another event organised by the Macmillan Lymphoedema team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
To mark its first birthday, Vanilla Coffee Shop, Millhouses, Sheffield, held a bric-a-brac, tombola, raffle and quiz and invited customers to do their bit by buying cakes and badges.
SuzeGoodman, Vanilla manager, said: “The response has been fantastic. A lot of our regular customers came in, but we also got a lot of people who had come specifically to support Macmillan. Last year we hadn’t opened properly, so we thought we’d combine this event for our anniversary.
“We’re not sure how much we’ve raised, but we seem to have done very well.”
While many organisers simply seized the opportunity to support the charity, for others the cause a little closer to their hearts.
Tricia Pitchfork, 63, from Dore, held her 14th coffee morning for Macmillan which helped her husband Roger before he passed away from cancer in 2009 - at her own home.
Meanwhile, Jody Corbridge organised an event at Thorncliffe Sports and Social Club, Chapeltown, to mark the first anniversary of her mum Joy’s death.
Tricia said: “We have a great team that enables us to make the coffee morning successful - even the milkman leaves the milk for free on coffee morning day.
“Everyone that comes enjoys meeting up and almost everyone knows someone that has had cancer – it’s an event that is close to both our hearts.”
Canklow Road GP Surgery in Rotherham also opened its doors to local people, with Coun Mahroof Hussain, Rotherham Council cabinet member for community development, as special guest.
He said “The work Macmillan does for for cancer sufferers is exceptional.
“It provides medical, emotional and financial help at a critical time in a person’s life.”