Cancer mornings stir up £14,000 for Macmillan

PEOPLE got a brew on and held 91 coffee mornings across East Dunbartionshire to raise cash for Macmillan Cancer Support.

It is thought that the combined efforts will have raised £14,000 for the charity.

Elsie Riley, Macmillan’s fundraising manager in East Dunbartonshire, said: “The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning was a fantastic success. I would like to thank everyone who took part.

“It was a great event, and once again the people of East Dunbartonshire got behind us whole-heartedly, helping us raise thousands of pounds to fund our services.

“We rely almost entirely on donations, and without all the hard work from our coffee morning hosts and goodwill from those who go along to their events, we wouldn’t be able to keep offering the fantastic services that so many people rely on.”

The money raised will be used to fund Macmillan’s vital cancer services including specialist nurses, a nurse-run support line and financial advice and support for cancer patients.

Locally, Macmillan provides professionals based throughout the Glasgow area including at the Beatson, Gartnavel, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Southern General and Yorkhill.

Ms Riley added: “Every year we raise more and more from the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

“It’s an event that really seems to capture the interest of all kinds of groups, from large UK-wide businesses, to individuals and small community organisations.

“This was the 21st year Macmillan Cancer Support has held World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, and it seems to get more popular. I’m sure next year’s event will be even bigger and better.”

Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod hosted a Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in Cairnhill Woods along with her dog Rona and the K9 Cairnhill Dog Walkers.

She said: “We had great fun in Cairnhill Woods – the dogs had every bit as much fun as the humans! We enjoyed coffee, herbal teas and home made scones in the beautiful surroundings of the woods while the dogs played and were rewarded for their good behaviour with a few treats. Together we have raised a lot of money for cancer research.”