Cups full of cheer at charity coffee morning

MacMillan coffee morning, NatWest staff at their Buxton branch
MacMillan coffee morning, NatWest staff at their Buxton branch

Big-hearted volunteer baristas brewed-up more than £11,000 for charity this week at a series of coffee mornings.

There were three events in the region – all raising cash for Macmillan Cancer Care – and volunteers steamed up a grand total of £11,448.

On Thursday, staff at the Natwest Bank, in Buxton, transformed their branch into a fundraising cafe – with cashiers turning baristas and selling hot drinks and cakes to customers. The event raised £244.

Employee Sophie Chadwick said: “I’d like to thank all the local businesses who donated cakes for us to sell.”

The following day, veteran fundraiser Carol Allcock held her twelfth coffee morning in the Chelmorton Institute, which around 2,000 people attended.

The event – which Carol describes as a giant car boot sale with drinks and cakes – raised a jaw-dropping £11,029 in total, taking £2,721 on the day.

Carol said this brings her overall Macmillan donation to £75,000 through the years.

“I’d like to thank everybody who came along, all the businesses who donated prizes for us to raffle, and to everybody who helped with the event organisation,” said Carol.

Buxton Community School also had a coffee morning on Friday and raised a tidy £175 for Macmillan Cancer Care.

Teacher Zoe Hanson said: “We had a lovely morning, the pupils did a fantastic job and we raised a great total.”