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Lichfield joins charity’s annual coffee morning fundraiser

The World's Biggest Coffee Morning event at the Lichfield Garrick. Pic: Ron Lewis

The World's Biggest Coffee Morning event at the Lichfield Garrick. Pic: Ron Lewis

Lichfield residents came out in force for an annual charity fundraiser.

Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning took place on September 24 at venues across the UK – including the Lichfield Garrick.

Staff at the theatre’s popular Green Room Café put on their Macmillan t-shirts and aprons to serve coffee to customers who came along to join in the event.

Phil Preece, Chairman of Lichfield’s Macmillan Fundraising Committee, said:

“This has become an annual event at the Garrick we really look forward to. It’s a fantastic venue, right in the heart of the city. The Coffee Morning attracted not only the café’s regular clients, well-wishers and passers-by but also visitors to the city who are always glad to share our coffee morning, make donations and have a go with our raffle.

“While we’re fundraising people regularly tell us they or their family have had a brush with cancer. Macmillan aims to support not just the sufferers but their dependents and carers too at every stage. Many people in the UK are living with cancer. But with improvements in screening, diagnosis and treatment, more people are living longer with and after the disease. “

Macmillan funds nurses and other specialist health and social care professionals, shares information, gives emotional support, offers financial help and advice, and can provide practical help at home. It manages telephone helplines, has a website and works in close partnership with the NHS and a range of other organisations.

Last year Macmillan helped 325 Staffordshire people with grants totalling £119,676 all from donations to help them manage the additional costs that cancer can bring. 131 people  were helped with the cost of fuel to keep warm, 38 with the cost of a stair lift, 71 with the cost of travel to get to their treatment and 122 for new clothes needed after weight loss.

Phil added:

“I would specially like to thank the Garrick’s staff for entering into the spirit of this event with so much enthusiasm. Macmillan depends on individual acts of generosity like these to continue its highly personal charitable work.”

A volunteer wrote this. Say thanks with a coffee.