Town’s coffee mornings for Macmillan

Mayor Alan Roberts at the coffee morning hosted by Hamilton Gardens residents
Mayor Alan Roberts at the coffee morning hosted by Hamilton Gardens residents

RESIDENTS, charities and businesses across town helped raise money for charity by taking part in this year’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning fundraiser.

They joined thousands around the country by holding coffee mornings in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Dave and Doreen Upwood, of Sedgebrook Gardens, who have been fundraising for Macmillan for more than a decade, held a coffee morning at their home which was visited by Hastings MP Amber Rudd and through a combination of cakes, teas and coffees, raffle, tombola, jams, pickles raised more than £2,800.

Students at Sussex Coast College held a bake sale and bake off in aid of Macmillan on Friday.

Among the 23 entries were cakes ranging from flourless mint chocolate brownies, apple cake, carrot cake, ginger cake, chocolate fudge cake, Guinness cupcakes and many more.

Alongside the cake sale was a raffle, apple bobbing, pin the tail on the donkey, guess the sweets in the jar, face painting and biscuit decorating for the children. Coast restaurant also hosted a tea party to raise money for the charity.

A coffee morning was held at the Beach Cafe on the lower promenade in Warrior Square, St Leonards, co-hosted by Sarah Owen, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Hastings.

Mayor Alan Roberts was one of the visitors and said: “This was a great event with proceeds going to such a good cause. It was good to see so many people participating as the sun shone for us.”

Hastings Windows, in Maunsell Road, St Leonards, hosted a Macmillan coffee morning, providing homemade cakes and hot sausage rolls for visitors and staff.

A sweepstake competition to guess how many coffee beans are in the jar was also held.

Tony Lee, director, said: “We have had a fantastic day with customers, employees, family and friends visiting our offices.

“We raised £350 on the day which Hastings Windows will match so this means we have raised £700 in total.”

Ms Rudd later joined staff and visitors at a coffee morning at Barkers-on-Sea in St Leonards. The event collected more than £100 for Macmillan.

Residents of Hamilton Gardens, together with family and friends, ate delicious homemade cakes raising more than £200. Mayor Alan Roberts made a surprise visit to join the 40 people in their collection for Macmillan.

The Hastings and St Leonards MCS Committee, a group of voluntary fundraisers who have already this year raised nearly £50,000 for Macmillan, held their coffee morning in the town hall and raised £231.

The Electric Palace Cinema held a similar event run by Annie Mannion and raised £105.