Lichfield fundraisers join world’s largest coffee morning

Phil Preece with his mother, Wyn Preece, welcoming people to the coffee morning at the Lichfield Garrick

Phil Preece with his mother, Wyn Preece, welcoming people to the coffee morning at the Lichfield Garrick

Macmillan Cancer Support were the beneficiaries of a coffee morning charity event at the Lichfield Garrick.

The event was part of the world’s largest coffee morning in support of the charity that aids cancer sufferers and their families after a diagnosis of the disease.

In workplaces, pubs, cafes and shops all over the country as well as in private homes, fundraisers chose this one day to make a contribution to cancer care.

The Lichfield Macmillan Fundraising Committee held their own coffee morning as they have done for the past three years in the popular Green Room Café of the city’s Garrick Theatre.

Committee Chairman Phil Preece said:

“The Green Room is a fantastic venue for this event because it’s right slap bang in the heart of the city. The café has its own regular clientele plus lots of busy action with visitors including actors and others involved in productions at the theatre coming and going.

“People passing on their way to and from the town centre see our banner and they come in to join in with the fun. Plus the Green Room staff enter into the spirit of the event with their usual trademark enthusiasm.”

Macmillan Cancer Support has traditionally been associated with the funding of its famous Macmillan Nurses but nowadays this has opened out so that the charity funds many other types of health professional posts. In addition Macmillan provides information posts in hospitals and phone help lines for sufferers and their families, giving information on the illness itself and outlining what treatment and support are available.

Phil added:

“Macmillan has widened its delivery of support for the simple reason that a diagnosis of cancer is no longer a sentence of death. However, a diagnosis of cancer may mean a long spell of treatment involving loss of earnings which impacts on sufferers and their families. Here Macmillan can step in with grants aimed at easing this burden for transport, clothing and even respite breaks for those affected.”

The Garrick Coffee Morning raised the sum of £75 through coffee sales, a raffle and donations.

Phil said:

“Many thanks to our Lichfield supporters. Every penny goes towards helping someone with cancer in Staffordshire.”

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