Macmillan Cancer Support is one of the largest British charities and provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer. The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning took place on Friday 28th September 2018. Every year for the past four years a charity Fundraising Coffee Morning has been held at Caldicot Castle in aid of Macmillan. The event was organised by a group of local people in memory of those affected by cancer.
The organisers are photographed (L to R): Back Row: Ann Scaife, Jan Phillips, Ken Phillips, Pauline Haywood and Kay Harris, Front row: Don Wood, Joyce Norfolk and Ann Wood. Last year alone the coffee mornings raised over £27 million. One in two of us will face cancer and the money raised at Coffee Mornings will help to make sure no one has to face it alone.
The entry fee included a hot drink and a cake and there were plenty of chances to buy extra cakes. Visitors took part in a raffle and bought from the Bric a Brac stall. The first ever Coffee Morning happened in 1990. It was a small affair with a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process.
Pauline Hayward (an organiser) said: “We have enjoyed hosting this coffee morning for four years. The event gets more support each year. We love having the music of freelance harpist and teacher John L Thomas from Caldicot. We also love the company of Russell Jones the X Factor 2017 contestant.” Russell said: “I am always happy to come to this lovely location and support this great cause. This is my second home because I have relatives living very near.”