‘Our biggest ever’ coffee morning

Fairlawns staff memebers Anne Hunt and Gail Wright supporting the coffee morning at the centre
Fairlawns staff memebers Anne Hunt and Gail Wright supporting the coffee morning at the centre
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A CUPPA, some cake and a natter - a timeless combination that’s been at the heart of Sheffield for generations.

And yesterday thousands of people took that winning formula and turned it into a fundraising phenomenon - as the city united to raise more than £65,000 for people affected by cancer.

Over 430 separate events were held across Sheffield as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Fundraisers gathered in schools, offices, community centres, libraries, medical centres and cafes to raise a cup and tuck into some cake.

Rob Turner, Macmillan fundraising manager for Sheffield, said: “The response of people in this city has been incredible. They have put on our biggest ever event in Sheffield.

“To have 430 different groups register to put on events is quite something.

“We are excited because this year Macmillan is celebrating its centenary and it is the 21st year of coffee mornings.

“We are looking at a target of £65,000 in Sheffield - and the difference that can make to us as a charity is huge.

“It took £49,000 to fund our Sheffield nursery, which puts it in perspective - £65,000 could fund a Macmillan nurse for 15 months.”

Among the huge number of events organised across the city was the Lord Mayor’s Mega Muffin Munch at Endcliffe Park Cafe - launched by Mayor Coun Sylvia Dunkley.

The cafe donated drinks proceeds to the charity and held a cake competition judged by Coun Dunkley.

And the highlight was the mega muffin munch - when people stuffed as many buns into their mouths as they could manage in a minute!

Cafe owner Ashley Charlesworth, aged 46, said: “It’s been a great day, for a great cause. My mother died of cancer 25 years ago and Macmillan was a great help.

Pupils at Westbourne School and Malin Bridge Primary took time out of lessons, and patients at Fairlawns Medical Centre in Middlewood got together while waiting for appointments, to take part in coffee mornings of their own.

And construction firm Apollo Property Services, which is refurbishing Lansdowne and Hanover estates, held a coffee morning on a building site off Cemetery Road, Sharrow.

In Sheffield Town Hall, staff in the council leader’s office were holding a coffee morning, too.

One of the organisers, Marilyn Fisher, said: “We join in every year and have homemade cakes which people bring in. We’re on course to raise more than £200.”

Macmillan’s Rob Turner added: “The main focus is coffee and cake - but people have been doing all sorts to raise money, putting on raffles, tombolas, fancy dress, dress-down days, all kinds of things.”

Sheffield bank worker Paul Wainwright, 44, embarked on a 250-mile sponsored cycle challenge - but made sure he took time out for a cuppa.