"The Macmillan Coffee Morning was a great success" said Jackie as soon as I answered the phone in a croaky voice that comes as part of the cold packages my wife and I have at the moment. I only mention that because we had every intention of attending the MCM ourselves but deemed it courteous not to share 'the dreaded lurgy' with others.
Jackie continued to describe to me, in a state of high excitement (I am assured that they only served coffee and tea at the event!) all that had gone on.
Apparently, even having trouble with the heating and hot water system turned into a source of hilarity.
At the commencement of the event Sheila voiced her concern as to how she and her helpers were going to be able to sell all the wonderful cakes that volunteers had kindly made. As it happened she need not have worried, the number of people attending and their generosity soon saw the pile of cakes disappear.
Members of the 'Lunch Club' gave their support in numbers and Rose's family from the U.S. were also in town and came along too.
John Purchase, never one to miss a 'knees up' came, to the delight of those who have been concerned by his recent bout of illness.
"But you haven't told us how much money was raised" I hear you cry.
And with good reason I have left the best until last!
The answer - a whopping £600 on the day with further monies to follow.
Latest - at the end of October the sum had risen to £810.93. Wilton Road and South Aston raised well over £1000 from their two Macmillan Coffee Mornings, what a superb effort.
The inspiration for holding South Aston's Coffee Morning came from Anne Baker, Rev. Peter Little's wife. Anne has had her own brush with cancer and has first hand experience of how important a caring hand of support can be.
Well, as a result of this magnificent effort, Macmillan Cancer Support's helping hand has gained even greater strength.
Well done to all who helped on the day and a huge thank you to all who came to support the event.
Here are a few photos taken by Ann Tempest on her iphone -