Local business lends its support

MacMillan Bridies.
MacMillan Bridies.

Macmillan Cancer Support is hoping that local people will help with its ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ to help raise over £15 million.

In Angus and Tayside it is thought that around 500 coffee mornings will take place and about £110,000 will be raised in total on Friday, September 27.

As part of the charity’s appeal to local residents to take part in the event, Craig Myerscough of Macmillan’s fundraising team stopped off at Jas. McLaren & Son Bakery in Forfar to meet Karen Murray, the current owner and great-great granddaughter of the firm’s founder James McLaren.

Karen was delighted to show Craig the bakery at work and the makings of a truly traditional shortcrust bridie.

Karen and her team have also supported Macmillan’s flagship event for several years by donating freshly made cakes to Forfar Academy’s annual Macmillan coffee morning.

Shirlie Geddes, Macmillan’s Angus and Tayside fund-raising manager, said: “We want to make sure no-one has to face cancer alone but we can’t do it without the amazing people who fund-raise for us.

“Last year we raised a record-breaking amount of money from the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and we really hope we can repeat that again this year.

“We’re asking people to once again invite their friends, relatives or workmates to come for coffee and help support Macmillan, whether that’s at home, in your local community or even with colleagues and customers in your work place.

“It’s a chance to make time for what really matters.

“It’s a fun and easy way to raise money to help Macmillan be there for people with cancer and their families when they need us most.”

The money raised at the coffee mornings is used to fund services such as the Macmillan Support Line, patient grants, welfare rights advisers as well as Macmillan nurses.