Coffee and cake made a winning combination as hundreds of pounds was raised across the upper Calder Valley for a leading cancer charity.
Friday became bake day as buns were iced in anticipation of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, an annual event which has captured the imagination of all ages.
Bakers rose to the occasion and produced an array of buns washed down with tea, coffee and soft drinks as supporters of all ages joined the fun at venues up and down the valley.
Children and staff at Burnley Road Academy, Mytholmroyd, raised £259.40 by holding a coffee morning and selling cakes after lessons.
There were also plenty of familiar fictional faces on display as the children came to school dressed as their favourite Roald Dahl characters to mark the author’s birthday.
Headteacher Pam Saville said: “There were some excellent costumes.
“Everyone really made an effort.”
Ladies at St Joseph’s, Todmorden held a coffee morning in the Parish Room, where tea and coffee were served along with pieces of delicious homemade cake. There was a raffle and a game of “guess how many coffee beans are in the jar” which further boosted the funds raised. The event was well attended and a good time was had by all, raising the magnificent sum of £310.
A cake stall at Morrisons, Todmorden also raised £150 and staff want to thank everyone who supported their efforts.
A coffee afternoon and evening was held by Carmel Shorter at her house in Hebden Bridge, raising £200.
Carmel, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in February, held the event to raise money for the Macmillan nurses - who she says have helped her greatly – and to encourage other woman to go for a mammogram.
The event included a buffet and a raffle with 30 prizes donated by local businesses and Carmel’s friends and neighbours. Many of the prizes were sourced by Carmel’s partner David.
Carmel said: “I’d like to thank all the people who turned up and helped us raise a lot of money. I’d also like to thank all the local businesses, friends and neighbours who donated to the raffle.”
Riverside Junior School, Hebden Bridge, held a coffee afternoon and raised £84 for the charity.
Susan Bradshaw, from the school, said: “It was very well attended by parents and also lots of former pupils.
“It was lovely to see them.”
Hebden Royd C of E Primary School’s coffee morning, run by Year 6 volunteers, lasted just 90 minutes before all buns had been bought, raising £215 for the cancer support charity.
Head teacher Gretl Young said: “We do this annually as all the staff know someone who has been affected in one way or another by cancer and have nothing but good to say about the work of the Macmillan Nurses.”
Cornholme School held a coffee morning which was hosted by children of Year 6. Tea and biscuits were served and there was a cake stall and tombola, raising a total of £417.
Todmorden nursing home Asquith Hall raised more than £250 with events including a bake off, football card, name the teddy competition and a raffle with 18 prizes given by local firms.