KETTLES were flicked on across the Dispatch district as fundraisers kicked into gear in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
Shops, churches, schools and even pubs held events and raised hundreds of pounds for the annual initiative.
Money collected goes towards providing Macmillan with the resources to offer practical, financial and medical support for cancer sufferers and their families.
The star fundraiser in Hucknall was a three-day spectacular staged at the Nabb Inn on Nabbs Lane, which was showcased in last week’s Dispatch.
Efforts from staff and regulars collected £1,040 and beat last year’s total.
Attractions included a conventional coffee morning and the sale of Macmillan merchandise.
But there were also family discos, a bouncy castle for children, a charity car-wash, tombola, raffle, colouring competition and barbecue.
The event was the brainchild of Debbie Woodward, who runs the pub with her husband, Steve.
She said: “A big thankyou goes to everyone who contributed and everyone who came along to give their support. We were full and the weather was perfect.”
For 12 years, Macmillan has enjoyed the backing of the Bon Marche chain of clothes shops, including the branches on Hucknall High Street and Main Street, Bulwell.
Once again, the stores backed the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
In Bulwell, £411 was raised thanks to an event with a birthday-party theme to mark Macmillan’s centenary.
A raffle offered a star prize of two tickets to the Nottingham Theatre Royal pantomime and a return taxi-ride, plus a £40 clothes voucher.
In Hucknall, a coffee-and-cakes event raised £178. Special cupcakes were made by staff member Stella Charlesworth.
Meanwhile a coffee morning and cake stall at Watnall Road Baptist Church raised a total of £260.
Congregation member Denise Clay said: “We were busy throughout. It is such a worthwhile cause. Everyone knows someone who has been diagnosed with cancer and it touches so many lives.”
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning started in 1990 with a one-off event whereby those who took part donated the cost of their coffee to charity.
Things have grown incredibly since then. Last year, more than 43,000 supporters took part in the event and raised more than £8 million.