Coffee and cakes make charity dough

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Thousands of pounds was raised across North Tyneside last week as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support.

John Spence Community High School took part in a non-uniform day and staff baked cakes and held their own ‘Bake Off’.

As well as conducting an assembly, Jasmine Sones from Macmillan sampled all of the cakes and helped select a winner in food technology teacher Sheila Kinnon, John Spence’s own Mary Berry.

The total raised was an impressive £852.

Helen Nixon, technology teacher, fundraiser and Bake Off organiser, said: “John Spence Community High School is very proud to be one of the top fundraisers in the area for Macmillan Cancer Support.

“I’m delighted by the amount we have raised with this event and very impressed by the quality of the cakes produced.

“We’ll all have to try even harder to improve on this next year.”

Staff at Leeds Building Society at the Silverlink also took part in the day with a cake stall, raffle and a guess the number of jelly beans competition.

Clara White, fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support said: “We are so delighted to have the continued support of Leeds Building Society.

“Their involvement is hugely appreciated and will help us reach even more people that need our support.”

Businesses at Cobalt Business Park in North Tyneside joined in the fun on Friday and held a number of cake sales across the site.

Members gathered at the park’s coffee shop Navaho Coffee to celebrate the fundraisng.

Staff at Kier North Tyneside also held their own ‘British Bake Off’ to raise money for the charity, with officials from Macmillan sampling the delights.

Residents from Earsdon Grange care home in Monkseaton held a coffee morning for those who have a sweet tooth and invited local people to join in the fun.

Care manager Nicola Bell said: “Our coffee mornings are always very popular with our residents and we welcomed everyone to come along and take part.

“It’s a great opportunity for our residents and care team to spend time with family, friends and people from the area and do something worthwhile at the same time.”

Kind-hearted staff at Procter and Gamble’s (P&G) Cobalt base in North Tyneside put the kettle on to support the charity event.

Scores of staff took time out from their day jobs to enjoy a coffee, buy a cake or purchase a book in the staff dining room and raised £715 to support the charity’s flagship fundraising day.

P&G accountant Helen Fitzpatrick was one of a team of volunteers led by P&G staff member Susan Armstrong who organised the successful Cobalt event.

Helen said: “Macmillan is such an important charity doing a brilliant job.

“Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer, a friend or someone in their family, and that’s why it’s nice to be able to raise money for such an amazing cause. It helps people when they really need it.”

Dining tables were filled with culinary delights baked by staff as well as books and games they brought in for sale.

Staff and pupils at Preston Grange Primary School in North Shields also baked cakes to help raise money.

Residents at Cheviot View residential home in West Allotment were joined by family and friends for a coffee morning which raised £440.59.

And staff at the Whitley Bay branch of Barclays raised £685.72 with their coffee morning, which featured a bake-off, raffle, home-made cakes and scones, and a ‘guess the number of sweets’ competition.

Kelly Knighting-Wykes, fundraising manager for Macmillan North Tyneside and Northumberland coast, said: “We’ve had over 1,000 people sign up to take part in this year’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and we hope to raise over £100,000 in North Tyneside and Northumberland.

“Macmillan’s services rely on public donation and we really appreciate everyone getting involved again this year to help Macmillan make sure no one has to face cancer alone.

“Cake and coffee literally turned into thousands of pounds to help local cancer patients and their families.”