Hundreds put the kettle on for cancer charity

Barbara Craythorn and Bronwynn Slater, pictured with guests during their Macmillan Coffee morning. Picture: Marie Caley.
Barbara Craythorn and Bronwynn Slater, pictured with guests during their Macmillan Coffee morning. Picture: Marie Caley.
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Kettles were boiled and cakes were baked when charity supporters held coffee mornings in Doncaster to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, now in it’s 24th year, is the cancer charity’s biggest fundraising event.

Keeley Neill, aged 21, raised £166.76 by holding a coffee morning at the Styrrup pub in Rossington, for around 20 relatives.

The event was held in memory of Keeley’s grandad, John Neill, who died earlier this month.

Keeley said it was nice for her family to do something positive to remember the singer who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent with his granddaughter Sallie Lax as part of group 2 Grand.

The community of Goldthorpe held two coffee mornings, one on Friday and one on Saturday, and raised £1,706.01.

Over 100 people attended each event and it is the third year in a row the village has taken part.

As well as enjoying coffee and cake, visitors were also invited to leave messages to their loved ones on an artificial tree.

Doncaster Star’s very own Barbara Craythorn held a coffee morning at her home in Bessacarr with friend Bronwynn Slater and raised £431.

This year, 1,054 coffee mornings were held in Doncaster – a huge increase on last year when 718 were held.

Phoebe Drinkwater, Macmillan’s area fundrasing manager for Doncaster, said: “The day was a great success.

“Last year we raised around £90,000 from coffee mornings in Doncaster alone and this year we are hoping to smash that.”

All of the money raised will be used to fund local services to support people affected by cancer.

One service is an £800,000 survivorship project which will improve the knowledge and skills of health and social care professionals to ensure cancer patients and their families receive the support they need when they return home from hospital.

As part of the project, the Living Well Hub service has been set up to connect those affected by cancer to 80 local services that are available to them.

The services include welfare and benefits advice, information on social groups or emotional support, such as Cancer Buddies.

Cancer Buddies is a new service which offers one-to-one support to people affected by cancer in Doncaster.

Members are men and women of all ages who have been touched by cancer and want to use their experiences to help others.

The service is run by cancer survivor Ally Henshaw, with the support of Macmillan Cancer Support and Doncaster Council.