LOCAL organisations opened their doors to coffee lovers yesterday as they held the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of a cancer charity.
The national event, which was first held by Macmillan Cancer Support over 20 years ago, aims to raise money to help cancer sufferers.
Barclays Bank, in York Road, Hartlepool, hoped to raise over £500 after its coffee morning event was visited by Hartlepool MP Iain Wright.
Branch manager Jo Beddow said: “The event went really well and we will hopefully raise in excess of £500 for Macmillan once our funds are matched by Barclays’ Pound For Pound scheme.
“Iain had a coffee with branch staff and customers and enjoyed a cake made by my mum. All staff and staff’s family baked cakes to help support the event.
“Our special thanks to Café Rapport for providing free cups and lids for us to use today and also Kingsley Junior School for allowing us to use their water heater for the day to provide the coffee.
“It was a great example of the community working together and we are grateful for Iain’s attendance. “ St Cuthbert’s Parish Church also held a coffee morning at the day centre on Stratford Road.
It offered home-made scones, cakes and a cup of tea to anyone who came along with all proceeds going to Macmillan.
Staff and residents at West View Lodge Care Home on the Headland held their third coffee morning event, releasing 40 silver balloons in memory of loved ones.
The events co-ordinator for the home, Theresa Lax, 40, said everyone who attended had a great day and they raised over £1,000.
She said: “We wanted to do something more touching, so we released the balloons this year.
“The event was a bit more light-hearted in previous years, where lots of people came in fancy dress.
“We’ve had loads of support from the families of the staff and the residents, and their families really enjoyed it.”
Macmillan also held events at its wide range of charity shops and centres, and bosses at the Macmillan Support Centre in Peterlee said their morning went very well.
Last year, they raised over £300 and this year were hoping to raise even more.
In 2010, Macmillan raised more than £8m nationally and hope to have beaten that total this year.