Macmillan coffee crew break new grounds

Hats off to coffee and tea drinkers who sat down with a cuppa on Friday to do their bit for the annual Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

At the Green Man in Leverstock Green there was more than just drinking and cake scoffing going on.

Mike Penning with the fancy dress contestants at the coffee morning at the Green Man, Leverstock Green. From left, Neil Shankland, Jenny Hunt, Lorraine Dallas, Ernie Ede and Gloria Odell. Lorraine Dallas was the winner.

Mike Penning with the fancy dress contestants at the coffee morning at the Green Man, Leverstock Green. From left, Neil Shankland, Jenny Hunt, Lorraine Dallas, Ernie Ede and Gloria Odell. Lorraine Dallas was the winner.

The community got creative making their own headgear for a Mad Hatter themed tea party and their efforts were judged by Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning. The winner was Lorraine Dalla.

Councillors Hazel Bassadone and Graham Sutton were also there to support the cause.

To boost the fundraising pot there was a raffle with prizes including a relaxing Champneys afternoon, tea for two at a London hotel and a round of golf for four at Apsley’s Shendish Manor.

A total of £600 was raised towards the continuing battle against cancer.

Event organiser Gloria Odell, of Leverstock Green Road, Hemel Hempstead, said: “We decided to take the tried and tested concept of the Macmillan coffee morning and put our own twist on it to create a fun filled morning for all the family.

“A huge thanks to everyone involved for their help and generous donations, also to the Green Man for donating their function room and staff time to help.”

Coffee mornings were held across Dacorum on Friday as workers took time out to raise much needed cash for the good cause. Among the fundraisers were staff at Barclays Bank in Bank Court, Marks and Spencer in Marlowes and Dacorum Communities for Learning and Warners End Community Centre who teamed up to host a joint event.

Herts County Council got together with colleagues at highways contractor Ringway to raise cash with a total of 27 cake creations and tasty biscuits baked up for the event.

Workers from Ringway’s four maintenance depots held their own bake off competition in true Mary Berry style, which was won by the Kings Langley base.

Divisional manager Matthew Kelley said: “It was fantastic to see so many people get behind this deserving charity event.”

They raised a total of £400.

Hemel Hempstead’s Adeyfield School opened its doors to the community for a Costa Coffee-sponsored event.

A team of sixth formers led by Danielle Biddle and Abbi Hussey took charge, and Year 6 pupils from Hobletts, Broadfield and Yewtree junior schools came to their coffee shop as part of an enterprise activity which saw them designing their own ‘coffee morning’ mugs and thinking up marketing strategies to sell them. The winning Broadfield team will return to the school coming in to print their design on mugs.

The morning raised more than £600 for the charity, more than three times the amount raised last year.

Alongside the refreshments, Year 7 students ran stalls and also organised a Copper Snake Challenge which raised a further £74.

Student performers Laura Keyes, Megan Broadbent and Amber-Louise Oldham (Year 10) and Kloe Hannaby-Farmer, Leah Marshall, Lana Dormer and Amy Napthine (Year 11) entertained coffee shop visitors.