Salmond visits Maud for Macmillan event

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond visited a primary school in his Banff and Buchan constituency to take part in a charity coffee morning.

Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ is the charity’s largest single fundraising event.

First Minister Alex Salmond joined the primary seven class of Maud School for a charity coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

First Minister Alex Salmond joined the primary seven class of Maud School for a charity coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Last year 115,000 people helped raise £15million.

The First Minister met with children at the school early on Friday morning and praised the teachers who had organised the event.

He said: “This is Maud Primary and primary seven are organising the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in support of Macmillan.

“Mrs Mair is the class teacher in charge of proceedings and they’re going to have a great time.

“The estimate is that they’re going to raise £1,000 and that is a mighty contribution to a great cause.

“The kids are really enthusiastic about this coffee morning and I’m sure it will be a great success.”

The event at Maud School was organised by primary seven teacher Briony Mair.

She said: “The community are involved and local parents and companies have baked cakes and donated prizes for the raffle.

“The community here in Maud always come up trumps. I’d like to thank them all for their support.”

Each year the primary seven class contribute to the coffee morning and this year had the opportunity to meet the First Minister.

The children have been able to raise more than £1,000 each of the past two years and are hopeful of achieving that again.

In Peterhead, Phoeonix Social Care also hosted a Macmillan coffee morning.

Dee Penfold, one of the partners at the organisation which provides care support for people in Buchan, said: “We support the Macmillan cause - it’s in line with what we do and we work alongside nurses.

“Cancer is something we are all touched by.”

The event began in 1990 when a local fundraising committee decided to hold a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan.

The idea caught on and was taken on nationally the next year.

Since then the project has raised more than £7million for Macmillan Cancer Support in the UK.