THE sumptuous aroma of fresh coffee is something which most noses take delight in sniffing - but Lauren King is an exception to the rule.
But the 20-year-old was so desperate to prove how important the work of Macmillan Cancer Support is in South Yorkshire, she agreed to put her nostrils through the ultimate torment by bathing in a tub full of coffee beans.
The student took part in the three-hour sit-in at Meadowhall, organised to encourage people to sign up for the charity’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
The annual event calls on people to organise their own coffee mornings and donate proceeds to Macmillan.
Organisers are appealing for 1,000 people to hold coffee mornings across South Yorkshire to raise more than £150,000 to support local people affected by cancer.
Lauren, of Wisewood, Sheffield was keen to lend her support to the campaign - backed by The Star - after losing her grandmother to cancer.
Last year, she sat in a bath of maggots for charity - but insisted she preferred that to the strong scent of the beans.
She said: “It’s very important to me that Macmillan can continue to help people.
“Macmillan nurses helped my nan in the last few days of her cancer journey, and helped to make her life more comfortable.
“Nan was diagnosed with lung cancer 10 weeks before she died, and Macmillan nurses took over her care when she came home, which helped everyone cope at such a tough time.
“I didn’t mind doing the bath of maggots last year, but I actually really don’t like the smell of coffee.”
Representatives from Macmillan chatted to shoppers and collected donations while Lauren completed her three-hour stint in the bath of coffee beans.
Local businesses Burngreave Building Company and Busters Coffee, Rialto and Cafeology donated the bath and beans to Macmillan.
Steve Loane, fundraising manager at Macmillan Cancer Support in South Yorkshire, said: “It has attracted a lot of attention, there have been people coming up to us having a chat and finding out more about what the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is all about.
n To organise your own coffee morning to benefit the appeal, visit www.macmillan.org.uk/maketime or call 0845 070 1317 for your free kit.