East Surrey Hospital staff support annual cancer coffee morning fundraiser (From Redhill And Reigate Life)
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East Surrey Hospital staff support annual cancer coffee morning fundraiser
8:40am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
Coffee was everyone's cup of tea as people gathered at East Surrey Hospital in Redhill to support the ever-popular Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event.
The annual fundraiser at the hospital, organised by staff and patients of the Haematology Department, drew lots of business from people eager to enjoy a cup of coffee and slice of cake, and raise money at the same time towards making a difference to those whose lives have been affected by cancer.
Among those visiting on Friday (October 4) were the deputy mayor of Reigate and Banstead, Councillor Steven Farrer, and the deputy mayoress, Caroline Farrer.
Coun Farrer said: “I was extremely honoured to be invited to the coffee morning. It is a cause that is very close to my heart.”
Alison Costain, Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist in Haematology, and Julie Martin, Haematology Secretary, organised the fifth annual event.
Alison said: “The coffee morning has always been extremely popular, but it couldn’t be done without the help of the Haematology team, the Patient Support Group, and the patients who make the event what it is. We couldn’t do it without their help.” Julie said: “It is all for a good cause and hopefully patients with cancer will benefit from the money raised today. “I want to thank those who come back year after year to support the event.”
Staff, patients and their relatives donated home-baked goods, with all the money raised going to Macmillan. Last year, more than £3,000 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support, and the team are hoping to have done just as well at this year’s event.
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s flagship fundraiser and has been going for 22 years.