SCORES of Hartlepool and East Durham venues put the kettle on to help in the fight against cancer.
Hundreds of people enjoyed a slice of cake with a cuppa during Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
The official, nationwide event was yesterday, but many local groups and organisations have been dishing up sweet treats and coffee all week.
Youngsters at Rift House Primary School, in Masefield Road, Hartlepol, baked cakes and invited Hartlepool deputy ceremonial mayor, Councillor Mary Fleet, to sample their baked goods.
Christine Turner, a Year 2 teacher at the school, said: “The whole school got to take part and have fun baking.
“Councillor Fleet had a wonderful time.”
Margaret Smith organised a Macmillan coffee morning at the Stranton Centre, where she is a volunteer, along with her husband Christopher and Joanne Mason, Rita Proctor, Ethel Stead and Linda Blackwood.
They made their own cakes and Stranton Primary School cook Denise Melville also donated a cake for the event.
Margaret said: “It was absolutely manic. We did it last year and the year before and we have raised around £200 this year.”
Guys and Dolls, a group for adults with learning disabilities based in the Roaring Mouse drama group’s base in Cromwell Street, raised £200.
Members baked scones and cakes and also made crafts to sell to parents and carers.
Linda Malcolm, a director of Roaring Mouse, who works with Guys and Dolls, said: “They all worked really hard.”
In East Durham, a centre that supports people with cancer threw open its doors for the coffee morning and raised £406.30.
And staff from the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, in Peterlee’s Castle Dene Shopping Centre, were out and about in fancy dress dishing out cakes to businesses in the centre.
Joanne Benson, a health improvement specialist at the centre, said: “It was absolutely brilliant. “We had about 70 people through the doors but we also took cakes round to local businesses and the traders all gave generously.”
The William Brown Medical Centre, in Manor Way, Peterlee, raised £460.82 by making coffee, cakes and quiches available, and also holding a raffle and tombola.
Macmillan Nurse Tony McCoy said: “It’s a privilege to be part of a team caring for people with cancer and life-limiting diseases.
“I am delighted that the girls had so much fun – that’s what it’s all about, having fun while raising money.”
Also taking part were Friends of Teesmouth, Seaton Dunes and Common, who joined forces with Natural England to host a Macmillan coffee morning at Seaton Library.
Natural England engagement advisor Joe Davies said: “It was the first one we have done with the Friends and it was a good partnership event, with about 70 people through the doors.”
Taylors the Bakers donated cakes for the event and volunteers donated gifts for a raffle, helping the event raise £130.