Thetford's Community Macmillan Coffee morning has raised a staggering £2124.70 for the Macmillan charity this year!
The event, organised by Katherine Nouch at our Thetford office, was supported by literally hundreds of people who travelled far and wide following the success of last year's event.
Katherine's late mum Suzanne passed away in November 2015, following a 30 year battle with cancer so it's a charity which is very dear to her. The concept was born when Katherine arranged a small event at our offices in Bridge Street in 2017, where she raised £552.75, but was disappointed that so many people felt they were having to travel to different Coffee Mornings to support a number of family and friends.
Therefore she came up with the initiative to hold a 'community-wide' event and enlisted the help of then-Mayor of Thetford, Roy Brame, who kindly donated the use of The Carnegie in Thetford from his mayoral 'allowance', a very kind gesture that was continued this year by Brenda Canham, our current Mayor. Working in conjunction with the Guildhall Tea Rooms and David Brooks and his team at The Carnegie, Keystone Development Trust and Councillor Jenny Hollis.
And so Thetford's Community Macmillan Coffee Morning was born!
Working with the local communities (including some individual families who've been affected by this terrible disease), community groups, over 20 businesses (including local nursery Traquinas and Thetford Fire Station) and, for the first time this year a school (Drake Primary School and Little Pirates) the event including a raffle raised this staggering amount.
Through her efforts, Katherine has raised an amazing £5000 over the last three years and hopes that the event becomes an annual onefor the town.
A special mention should also be made to Mark Skinner of Mark Skinner Funeral Services, who donates £100 each month to a local charitable cause for choosing Katherine's event to support in September.
We are looking forward to next year's event already.