Cringleford home puts kettle on for Macmillan

A Cringleford care home is asking local residents to join them for coffee, cake and a chat to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

From 10am-4pm, on Friday September 28, Care UK’s Cavell Court on Dragonfly Lane is taking part in the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and hopes local people will join them in supporting the millions of people facing cancer in the UK.

Residents and visitors will be able to enjoy a relaxing day sharing a cuppa with friends, along with a tempting selection of homemade cakes and treats – all of which will be available for a small donation to Macmillan.

Every year Macmillan organises the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in kitchens, offices and village halls across the globe to fundraise for people living with cancer. Since the very first coffee morning in 1990, over £200m has been raised for the charity, enabling it to support individuals from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.

Home manager Jennie Rodger explained why Cavell Court is taking part in the Macmillan coffee morning: “We understand how cancer impacts the lives of not only the people battling the illness themselves, but also the lives of all those around them – a sad reality which many of us know far too well.

“Taking part provides us with an opportunity to show our support to the fantastic Macmillan nurses and give thanks for all of the incredible work they do. It also creates a lovely occasion to invite local people, family and friends to join us for a cuppa and a catch up while raising funds to support the vital services provided by Macmillan. It’s set to be a great event and we hope to see lots of people from the community here on the day.”


Macmillan event among Salvation Army dates

A Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event is taking place in the Mile Cross Salvation Army’s hall, on Vera Road, Hellesdon, on Friday September 28, from 10am-noon with all proceeds going to the cancer charity. The morning will include tea, coffee and homemade cakes.

The hall is also the venue for a number of other events over the coming months:

  • Fellowship evenings kicked off on September 3 and will be held on every subsequent first Monday of the month, from 7.30pm-9pm. Each month there will be a different speaker, followed by tea or coffee. On October 1 Hellesdon parish councillor, Shelagh Gurney will talk about her role.
  • Saturday November 10 will see an Old Tyme Music Hall afternoon, at 3pm. Artists from far and wide will be taking part including the choir from Mile Cross Primary School. Tickets cost £4 to include refreshments.

TV Helen at Hellesdon Macmillan event

Television and radio presenter Helen McDermott will be dropping in to Hellesdon Hospital for a Macmillan coffee morning this Friday, September 29, from 10am-noon – and everyone is welcome.

The event, run by staff, service-users and volunteers, will include a Best Baker competition with a chance to taste entrants’ offerings and  vote for your favourite.

Helen will find coffee, cake, a friendly welcome and much more at the event, run by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s Recovery, Participation and Partnership team, which aims to raise money for the charity and awareness of mental health and the help available.

Helen said: “Both my parents had cancer and having the help of the amazing Macmillan nurses helped us get through the difficult times. I have supported the charity for many years and ran the London Marathon twice (although not on the same day) to raise over £6,000 for Macmillan. It will be a relief this time to have a coffee to help raise funds instead of pounding the streets!”

She added: “I have chosen to visit Hellesdon Hospital because I have a particular interest in mental health issues, having suffered from depression all my life. Mental health problems can affect any of us at any time. Help is available and hospitals like Hellesdon provide much-needed support.”

Other attractions at the event will include stress-ball making, origami, cake stalls, tombola, a raffle, guess-the-weight-of-the-cake and the NSFT Youth Council will be making waffles. Whitlingham Ward are baking cakes and also helping to run the event.

Along with ski sessions at Norfolk Snow Sports, other raffle prizes have been kindly donated by Gravity Trampoline Park, Fairhaven Water Gardens, Pleasure Beach, the Puppet Theatre, Teabags and Shoes, Middletons, Yarmouth Museum, King’s Lynn Museum, Ancient House Museum and the Assembly House.

There will also be stalls offering information about the Recovery College and its courses, PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service), support for carers and the Wellbeing service. The coffee morning has been arranged by the Recovery Team along with Whitlingham Ward, with Jessica Lyons, Recovery College administrator, and Tracey Jackson, Recovery College volunteer, being responsible for pulling the event together.

Jessica said: “We are hoping for it to be a fun morning. There’s lots going on and some great raffle prizes. We’re really grateful for all the support we’ve had for the event, Tracey and the team have been brilliant.”

Marcus Hayward, head of Recovery, Participation and Partnership, said: “In addition to raising money for Macmillan we have taken the opportunity to raise awareness of mental health. We know physical ill health and bereavement in families very much affects everyone’s mental wellbeing and so joining the two supports both initiatives.

“Money raised at the event will be given to the Macmillan Cancer Support Trust who provide medical, emotional, practical and financial support to those in need.”
Helen McDermott. Photo: BBC