Charity coffee event breaks £1,000 mark

Macmillan volunteer Courtney Johnston joined Lisa and Michael Morgan to accept their donation of �1,127.
Macmillan volunteer Courtney Johnston joined Lisa and Michael Morgan to accept their donation of �1,127.

A couple from Peterhead who took part in a national charity event have raised £1,227 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Lisa and Michael Morgan hosted a vintage tea party in their home as part of the charity’s UK-wide World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday, September 27.

The couple converted a spare bedroom into a special tea room and invited friends, family and neighbours.

More than 50 people came over to enjoy tea, coffee, cakes and a raffle.

Lisa Morgan said: “I wanted to do something positive for my mum and the response was unbelievable.”

The Morgan family, like many across Aberdeenshire and the country, have been touched by cancer.

Both Lisa’s parents passed away as a result of cancer and Michael lost his father to the disease.

It was the help Lisa’s mother received from Macmillan Cancer Support which inspired them to host their event.

She said: “Cancer affects so many people, every family is touched by it.”

Mr Morgan added: “But it’s amazing what they can do nowadays.”

On Wednesday, October 16, Courtney Johnston, a Macmillan volunteer who helped coordinate the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in the area, visited the Morgan house to accept their donation.

She said: “Every year it costs £100 million for all our services.

“Last year the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning raised £15 million and this year we’re on track for £16 million.

“We try to keep the funds where they are raised, we try and get it back to the people who helped to contribute.

“Lisa and Michael here have done fantastically well.”

There are currently 2 million people in the UK with cancer and that figure is set to double by 2030.

Miss Johnston added: “Come 2030, there will be enough people in Aberdeenshire living with with cancer to fill up Pittodrie stadium four times.”

Not only were guests at the vintage tea party encouraged to donate, many local people donated prizes for a fundraising raffle and cakes to sell.

The Morgans’s next-door neighbours had Macmillan cupcakes specially made.

Raffle prizes included: perfume, a pamper hamper, wine and champagne, a watch and jewellery.

The figure raised by the Morgan family is enough to pay for treatment and support from a specialist Macmillan nurse for nine days.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning began in 1990 when a community fundraising committee decided to hold a coffee morning and donate all the proceeds to Macmillan.

The concept quickly caught on and the first national event was held the next year when 2,600 people across the UK registered to hold coffee mornings of their own.

This year there were 1,134 signups in Aberdeenshire alone and the total raised since 1991 is now well over £75 million.

All funds raised will go towards helping those suffering from cancer to face up to the disease and the challlenges it poses.

Macmillan would like to make sure everyone has a Macmillan team in their corner; from diagnosis, through treatment, and afterwards.

The charity was established more than 100 years ago and has grown to be one of the largest fundraising organisations in the UK.