DOZENS of fundraising events have been taking place across North Devon as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
Raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, the event saw thousands of people pop into venues across the region for a cup of coffee and slice of cake.
More than 450 individuals and businesses across the region hosted events on Friday, September 27, raising more than £10,000 for the charity.
One of the day’s biggest events took place at Squires Fish and Chip Restaurant in Braunton which raised £2,275.
Owner Cherry Squires said she was delighted by the success of this year’s event.
She said: “It was fabulously well supported.
“We have got a lot of good staff and customers that have not just donated but have helped bake cakes.
“A huge thank you to everyone who made it so successful.”
Other highlights came from Marwood Hill Garden, which raised more than £1,000, South West building suppliers RGB, which raised more than £3,500 across its 17 stores, and Ilfracombe Foodservice, which managed to sell more that 300 pieces of cake to raise £151.
Playing host to a range of craft stalls as well as the traditional selection of cake and coffee, Instow’s North Devon Yacht Club raised £770.
The club’s vice commodore Pat Hughes said: “I can't say how grateful and delighted I was at the support from the Instow community, the Yacht Club members, and everyone who came along and donated raffle prizes and cakes.”
Since the first national coffee morning in 1991, the event has raise more than £75 million for the charity.
Sian Ward-Edwards, local Fundraising Manager for Macmillan, said: “We are so grateful to all of the hosts that put in hard work to organise their events and to the local community for supporting their nearest coffee morning.
“Sadly, so many of us are affected by cancer and it can have a devastating effect on our lives and the lives of our loved ones, affecting us not just physically, but financially and emotionally.
“Money raised from coffee mornings in our area will help us be there for people with cancer and their families."