Arran support for World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

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Words and pictures by Colin Smeeton

A number of Arran organisations and individuals have joined thousands across the world taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Taking place last Friday, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning started in 1990 and since then has raised over £200 million for the cancer charity.

Starting in Lamlash, Julia le Masurier and a small team of volunteers served up a feast of home baking and special treats at the McKelvie Road sheltered housing complex as part of their fundraising. Not only arranging a successful coffee morning, which at one stage left only standing room, the group also organised a raffle with prizes donated by The Douglas Hotel, PHT, Drift Inn, Lamlash Bay Hotel, Arran Active, Inspirations of Arran and The Old Pier Cafe. The event alone raised an impressive £703.16 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

In Whiting Bay, at The Shore, the restaurant teamed up with Crafts and Company to offer visitors a crafting morning along with their tea and cake, with proceeds going to Macmillan. In addition to this, Crafts and Company held a further fundraiser on Sunday at Orca Krafts in Brodick where visitors could enjoy supporting the charity while taking part in a number of crafting activities. These two events helped top raise in excess of £300 for Macmillan.

Also in Whiting Bay, residents and visitors at Cooriedoon care home hosted a Macmillan coffee morning while also launching a choir initiative for the elderly. Residents and organisers Michael Gettings and Jill McKillop, sang familiar songs, many requested by the residents themselves, with Andrew Dickie providing the piano accompaniment.