St Albans does its bit for Macmillan with coffee mornings

PUBLISHED: 12:02 09 October 2011

Oakwood Primary held a coffee morning for parents

Oakwood Primary held a coffee morning for parents


THERE was plenty going on across the St Albans district last Friday, as businesses, schools and families took part in Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

n St Albans Fire Station was visited by a stream of people, who enjoyed homemade tea and cakes and had the chance to look round the fire appliances.

The successful event raised £237.15 for Macmillan.

Firefighter John Boswell, who organised the morning, said: “We would like to thank Marks and Spencer in London Colney, Starbucks in Chiswell Green, the Merchant Tea and Coffee Company in St Albans and Ushers Bakers, for their kind donations for the morning.”

He also thanked all the firefighters who helped to organise and run the event, Anna for the homemade cakes and Kate for dealing with all the admin.

n The White Horse in Harpenden marked the occasion by attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the most cappuccinos made in one hour.

The record stood at 106 cups, but the pubs baristas managed to smash this, notching up an impressive 139.

Their efforts saw them raise a staggering £1,400 for the cancer support charity.

General manager, Sam King said: “This was the first time we’d ever attempted to do anything like this and so many neighbours and friends came down to support us; it was amazing. To beat the world record was a brilliant feeling, but we are most delighted with the amount we were able to raise for such a good cause.”

n Julie Roberts held a coffee morning at her Harpenden home, in memory of her father, who died from cancer five years ago.

Nurses from Macmillan provided invaluable care and support to him and this was a way to say thank you for all their help.

Friends and family, including Julie’s mother who helped organise the event, came along and enjoyed coffee and cake, raising £320.

n The Feather and Black store, in Christopher Place, made the most of the glorious weather by holding an outdoor coffee morning.

Fresh coffee was supplied by Whittards and there was also a raffle with some fantastic prizes on offer. The winning tickets are due to be drawn today (Thursday) and winners will be notified within seven days.

Just over £400 was raised for Macmillan.

Jon Fox, who runs the store, said: “I want to say a massive thanks to everyone who donated and to all the retailers who donated raffle prizes to us. It really was St Albans community spirit at its best.”

n Oakwood Primary School, in St Albans, held a coffee morning for parents.

This was the first time the school had done so and £123.40 was raised throughout the morning.

n The St Albans and District committee of Macmillan Cancer Support held its own World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at Greenwood Park Community Centre in Chiswell Green.

The Mayor of St Albans, Cllr Aislinn Lee, who is president during her mayoral year, and her consort Rosemary Bennett joined participants as well as actor Ben Richards, who has appeared in Footballers’ Wives, The Bill and Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Mike Hobday, the charity’s head of campaigns, policy and public affairs.

Wicket Brood morris dancers put on entertainment and the event raised just under £1,140.

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