West Norfolk was whipped into a fundraising frenzy as bakers, tea-makers and coffee lovers came together to raise thousands for cancer research at their Macmillan Coffee Mornings.
Top fundraisers taking part in Friday’s coffee mornings included villagers from Southery who hosted a busy coffee morning and charity bingo, raising a total of £2,809 for Macmillan.
One of the organisers, Beryl Stubbings, said: “The whole village is thrilled to have raised that amount. It is a village effort.”
They were closely followed by a huge team of staff and volunteers at Bees Motors in Downham, who raised £2,600 with their home-made cakes, tombola, book donation stall and raffle.
Owner of Bees Motors, Julie Bee, said: “We were so busy all day – there must have been 120 people there.
“I didn’t ask anyone to make cakes, they all offered and we had so many different types. It was lovely, such a good atmosphere.
“People were so willing to help. It was really good for our first coffee morning.
“We had loads of volunteers and donations of raffle prizes. My mum and dad ran the tombola stall.”
Rash and Sam Singh held a coffee morning at their Castle Acre Costcutter store, with help from their son, Jaydon, and friends from the village. Their first coffee morning raised £650, but they hope to double this total next year.
Mr Singh said: “We really enjoyed it. All ages came together and we had a really good time.”
A coffee morning held by King’s Lynn Academy students was a “roaring success” according to principal, Craig Morrison, after the event raised £400.
Staff and volunteers at Gaywood Tesco baked their own cakes to sell at the doors of the store in in the staff canteen, raising a total of £312.52.
Their most popular cake was a cake made from the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook, which was bought for £15.
Abbie Panks from Lynn’s Vancouver Quarter was joined by Georgina Daniels from Macmillan for a coffee morning in the town centre, which raised around £350 and saw them serving 140 people.
Macmillan supporters did anything but bury their heads in the sand when it came to holding a coffee morning at the Ostrich pub in South Creake.
Volunteers invited residents to drop in for coffee and cakes and say they hope to raise more than last year’s total of £200.