Tea and coffee morning raises funds for cancer research

Cath Burgon (right) held a Macmillan coffee morning in her Seaton Carew home. Pictured with Cath are, clockwise from centre, Lisa Spence, Lesley Woolhouse (CORR, not WOODHOUSE), Hayleigh O'Rourke, Teresa LArkin, Veronica Burgon and Jackie Garnsey.
Cath Burgon (right) held a Macmillan coffee morning in her Seaton Carew home. Pictured with Cath are, clockwise from centre, Lisa Spence, Lesley Woolhouse (CORR, not WOODHOUSE), Hayleigh O'Rourke, Teresa LArkin, Veronica Burgon and Jackie Garnsey.

COPIOUS amounts of tea and coffee and platefuls of cakes helped to raise vital funds for one of the countries biggest cancer charities.

Catherine Burgon opened her Seaton Carew home to friends, family and supporters when she took part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning fundraising drive.

It was the second successive year that Catherine held one of the coffee mornings after losing her aunt Kathleen Sotheran, aged 76, to cancer last year.

She was overwhelmed with support from scores of local businesses who donated lots of raffle prizes which helped add to the amount raised.

In total Catherine, of Elizabeth Way, who works as part of the Mail’s reception team, raised £175 for the charity.

She said: “Macmillan Cancer Support provides medical, emotional practical and financial support and push for a better cancer care system.

“They are the team that gives you the strength and energy to face the fight and get through it.

“I decided to hold the coffee morning in memory of my aunty Kathleen Sotheran.

“I want to say thank you to all of my friends and family who turned up for their support and all the people who donated raffle prizes.”

Hartlepool United Football Club gave Catherine a signed football and keyrings to raffle off.

Other supporters included The Staincliffe Hotel, Seaton Carew Golf Club, Mr Twisters, McDonald’s, The Galley, Julie Bone and Mark Jones Catering.

There are currently two million people living with cancer in the UK.

That is set to double to four million by the year 2030.

Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest annual fundraiser started in 1990 when a local fundraising committee decided to hold a coffee morning where people came along to meet and mingle.

It proved such a success it was taken up nationally and last year 115,000 people signed up raising a record £15m.