Arran joins world’s biggest coffee morning

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Organisations, schools and individuals on Arran all joined thousands of people from all over the country last Friday when they hosted coffee mornings in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Known as the world’s biggest coffee morning, the event is organised by the Macmillan charity, who encourage people to host their own events to help raise funds for the charity, an initiative that has helped to raise over 200 million since it started in 1990.

In Brodick, Eileen Gregg, Judith Ross and Lisa Nicolson of Cafe Rosaburn organised a well attended event with a large raffle, stalls, and a bake-off competition which was won by Sarah Blair who entered the winning Victoria sponge.

Visitors to Cafe Rosaburn at the Arran Heritage Museum were treated to a huge selection of delicious home baking which was enjoyed in the restaurant or outdoors under a specially erected marquee.

Judith said on behalf of all staff and volunteers: ‘We would like to personally thank every single person and local business who has contributed raffle prizes, home-baking, time and effort and all of those who attended and bought raffle tickets and donations. Without all of these the coffee morning wouldn’t have been such a success.’

Along with the proceeds from the coffee morning which raised almost £900 on its own, a contribution from Aloe Vera stallholder Pam McCrae, and a separate coffee morning held at the Corrie and Sannox Village hall, a total of £1,007.52 was raised for Macmillan.

Meanwhile, pupils from Kilmory Primary School’s enterprise group held a coffee morning in the village hall and conducted an afternoon of activities which were run by just five pupils ranging between P1 and P7.

In the morning pupils baked their own cakes – which did not last until the afternoon -while donated homebaking was enjoyed by visitors who filled the village hall. Following the tea and cakes, pupils entertained the visitors with the raffle which they ran themselves – from getting the visitors to select tickets, through to calling out the winning names and delivering the prizes.

Amanda McDonald on behalf of the group said: ‘A very big thank to everyone who baked, donated, helped and supported our Macmillan coffee afternoon. We raised an amazing £433 for such a great charity.’

Montrose House care home in Brodick also hosted a successful and well attended coffee morning which raised £526.14 for the charity.


Pam McCrae and Shiona McGarrigle of the Aloe Vera Company donated a percentage of sales to the Cafe Rosaburn Macmillan coffee morning. 01_B40macmillan01

Alistair Gold and Farquhar Ross did a roaring trade selling raffle tickets in Brodick. 01_B40macmillan02

Supporters at the Arran Heritage Museum enjoy some of the tasty treats on offer. 01_B40macmillan03

Eileen Gregg, Judith Ross and Lisa Nicolson with just some of the homebaking on offer at Cafe Rosaburn. 01_B40macmillan04

Organisers of the Kilmory coffee afternoon were Kilmory Primary School’s enterprise group. 01_B40macmillan05

Kilmory Primary pupils hold a raffle, call out the prize winners and deliver the prizes. 01_B40macmillan06

Members of the Kilmory community filled the village hall in support of the coffee morning. 01_B40macmillan07

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