Dorset Raises £250K From World's Biggest Coffee Morning
10:28am 16th January 2015
A cup of coffee in Dorset has gone a long way to help those suffering from cancer.
Over 2,700 coffee mornings were held across Dorset last year to help a nation-wide campaign raise £250,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
One local event in Melcombe Bingham saw more than 200 people turn up to drink coffee and more importantly raise £1,700 for the charity.
Host, Kirsten Ritchie, "I didn't know whether we'd have five or 50 people walk through the door, but on the day we had just over 200."
"What really got me was people's generosity. The community really rallied together for it, knowing what it was for. People gave me raffle prizes from calendars to carvery meals, to cinema tickets, wine and vouchers for the museum."
"I've lived in my village for 10 years and people turned up who I'd never met before. The village hall was packed and buzzing. An old man said he'd saved £8 in change for me and I'd never met him before."
"I've written to everyone who donated to say how much we raised and put a note in the village news. It was brilliant. I've never done anything like that before and thought I'd be lucky to get £300, which was sort of my goal."
Kirsten's cousin, Sally, sadly passed away in October after her breast cancer had spread to her lung, but she had help from the Dorset Macmillan CAB service based in Dorchester, which was set up in 2010.
Since then, the service has helped almost 1,700 people affected by cancer across Dorset gain over £6.3 million in unclaimed benefits and grants.