MacMillan Coffee Morning picture special

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KETTLES were boiling all over Erewash as fundraisers held coffee mornings to collect cash for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning celebrated its 21st birthday in style with hot drinks and cakes handed out all over the country.

Ilkeston played it’s part with events taking place all day.

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Christine Winfield opened up her home and welcomed friends and neighbours for drinks, refreshments, a raffle and a handmade jewellery sale.

She said: “I wanted to do something to raise money for such a good charity. We held the event for my friend Megan’s husband Brian.

“It’s nice to see everyone here catching up and we’ve had lots of support.”

Christine’s 11-year-old grandaughter, Sydney Briggs, handmade jewellery and cards to sell to partygoers.

She said: “I’ve been making jewellery and cards for a while and thought it would be nice to try and raise some money for charity by selling them here.”

A bra-shaped cake was one of more than 2,000 on offer at Charlotte Infant and Nursery School’s coffee party.

School bursar Michelle Beard said: “We couldn’t believe the response. We had so much support it was brilliant, everyone was so generous.”

The total amount raised by the school is still being collected but already stands at £2,500 which will be split between Macmillan and Breast Cancer Care.

Michelle raised some of the cash after collecting sponsorship for having her long hair cut short so she could donate her locks to a children’s cancer charity that make wigs for little girls undergoing chemotherapy.

The Ilkeston Ladies Probus raised £510 with their event at St Andrew’s Methodist Church.

The group sold hot drinks, cakes and bric-a-brac to make the total.

Two Ilkeston friends got together with members of the Nottingham Road Methodist Church to host an event in memory of lost loved ones.

Val Rollison lost her husband Tony three years ago to cancer. Her friend Chris Hallam helped arrange the event which raised £214.

Erewash Valley Golf Club also got involved with members donating cash for the cause, while pupils, parents and staff at Stanley St Andrews C of E collected £70 with their morning event.

Carol Goulding, organiser of a West Hallam event said: “Thanks to the hard work of the helpers and the generous donations from all who attended, the coffee morning held at West Hallam Methodist Church was very successful, raising £1,045 for the charity.”