Put the kettle on for charity

A WOKING MP and the town’s Mayor stopped off at St Johns on Friday morning to enjoy a brew.

This was a cuppa with a difference, though – a fundraising brew which, together with innumerable other cups of coffee, was a part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

LOVE A CUPPA – visitors support Coffee Morning with Jonathan Lord MP

LOVE A CUPPA – visitors support Coffee Morning with Jonathan Lord MP

This is held each year by Macmillan Cancer Support to generate much needed cash with which to keep their services afloat.

The charity’s largest regular fundraiser occurs nationally, the charity inviting community groups the length and breadth of the land (sometimes even further afield) to hold a coffee morning in their own locality, asking anyone and everyone who turns up to leave donations.

Naturally, all proceeds go directly to Macmillan, and in 2013 alone some 154,000 people signed up for their own events, leading to an astounding £20 million being generated for the charity.

TEA FOR THREE – the Mayoress, Mayor and Macmillan volunteer Shirlyn Grover

TEA FOR THREE – the Mayoress, Mayor and Macmillan volunteer Shirlyn Grover

An inspiring collection of faces both young and old made the perfect blend at St John’s Church, and even people who don’t care for tea or coffee came along and made their contribution via a tombola.

Local luminaries also descended, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Woking and Jonathan Lord MP, each doing their bit for this thoroughly worthwhile cause.

Mr Lord said: “This was more than a Coffee Morning as it went on well into the afternoon. It was a particularly warm and friendly occasion, and Macmillan is one of the most worthy causes. My thanks to all who contributed.”

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