The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. People all over the UK hosted their own coffee mornings, donating the proceeds to MacMillan. Schools and companies in Henley joined in and raised money for this great charity.
Sacred Heart School turned the cake sale idea on its head, with teachers serving cakes and squash to the schoolchildren throughout the day. It was also a non-uniform fundraising day which meant that, by the time classes started, the school had already raised £400 for Macmillan.
Daniel Lennon and Vanessa Rosado, Head Pupils at Sacred Heart, said “We mixed the idea up. We decided to sell cakes, badges and wristbands throughout the school day, with teachers selling the cakes to us rather than the other way around.”
Mayor Councillor Kellie Hinton is raising funds for the town’s primary schools. She said she was proud one of her recipient primary schools was taking part in this national campaign with such care and enthusiasm. She said, “David Lennon said the Macmillan Coffee Morning is a really nice event, because it is all about supporting other people. That really touched my heart.”
Rupert House’s tea and cake sale was held in the school gardens at the end of the school day. The event was attended by parents and grandparents of the pupils, and by the children themselves.
Clara, a pupil from Year 4, made a large Macmillan Coffee Cup shaped cake, made up entirely of cupcakes. This formed the centerpiece for what was a fabulous array of homemade cakes. Sarah Williams, the Year 4 teacher, said “I’m really pleased with the amount of effort everyone has gone to, to make today so successful. I love Clara’s cake, which is very imaginative and in line with the MacMillan theme.”
Sunny Smithers organised a coffee morning at IBS Solutions based at Friar Park Stables where Henley Mayor, Kellie Hinton works. Staff baked lots of cakes and raised £85 in the first two hours. MD at IBS, Caleb Southwell after playfully pushing a cake in to Sunny’s face said “Community is the heart of what we do at IBS and we enjoy supporting events such as Macmillan Coffee Morning and raising money for a good cause.”
Sunny said “I’m really pleased that Caleb and my colleagues supported this event. It didn’t take much to organise and has raised a good amount already for a worthy cause. It turns out we have some good bakers at IBS, although I expected to be eating the cakes rather than wearing them!”
Kellie Hinton said “One of the things that attracted me to started working for IBS, is their extensive support of charities and community events and as usual we had a lot of fun supporting Macmillan this morning!”
The Head Partnership, solicitors in Bell Street raised £175 and their new matrimonial solicitor, Lubna baked the impressive T, H & P cakes above. Courtiers in Hart Street raised £300. We loved the above ice cream cakes which were made by Lucinda. At Frost Borneo Opticians in Hart Street Mr Frost (below) baked a lovely Lemon Drizzle cake which shot off the plate with people buying it up and he was awarded the ‘Best Baker’. They raised £220 with the business will rounding it up to £250!