Charity appeals for more event hosts

NILABE100924a1, MacMillan coffee morning at West Hallam Methodist church, Christine Sherwood, Peggy Mew, Marlene Hufton and jaqui Flanders.
NILABE100924a1, MacMillan coffee morning at West Hallam Methodist church, Christine Sherwood, Peggy Mew, Marlene Hufton and jaqui Flanders.

ILKESTON people are being urged to put the kettle on and host a coffee morning to raise cash for a cancer charity.

Macmillan Cancer Care’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event is in its 21st year, the same year the charity celebrates its 100th birthday.

Almost 40 people in Ilkeston have signed up to host an event but more are still needed to beat last years figure.

Beryl Hemstock, 83, lost her husband to cancer five years ago.

She has hosted countless events supporting Macmillan and said: “The charity works so hard for people with cancer and their families and offers lots of support.

“The nurses were brilliant when my husband was ill and they helped me and the rest of the family too.

“It’s important for people to help them fundraise, they need all the help they can to keep up their good work.

“It’s Macmillan’s centenary year so would be brilliant if they raised more money than ever.”

Area fundraising manager for Derbyshire, Steve Loane, added: “The great thing about coffee morning is anybody can take part whether they’re at home or work, even at school or in the community.

“It’s an easy event to get involved in and don’t worry if you can’t hold your event on the official coffee morning day, just organise it at a time that suits you.”

In 2011 the charity needs to raise over £700,000 in Derbyshire to help fund services across the county including nurses, a new mobile information unit, benefits advisors throughout the county and over £125,000 in small grants to people in financial difficulty because of their illness.

Mrs Hemstock’s coffee morning takes place on Friday September 30 between 9.30am and 12noon at the West Hallam Methodist Church.

Coffee and tea will be served and there will also be a raffle, bring and buy sale, cake stall and more.

To register to host a coffee morning visit www.coffee.macmillan.org.uk or call 0845 602 1246.

If you are hosting an event let the Advertiser know by calling 0115 9446165.