Macmillan Coffee Mornings in the New Forest September 2020

New Forest coffee and cake for Macmillan!

Durlston Court School, Royal British Legion and Colten Care among those raising funds for Macmillan Cancer in the New Forest

Macmillan Coffee Mornings have become a bit of an annual institution for the final Friday in September. A number of fundraising coffee mornings took place in the New Forest last week and raised much needed funds for this important charity. Whilst Covid continues to dominate health news and we hear that "normal" examinations and procedures have been missed with a potential knock effect on future cancer deaths, the work of the Macmillan nurses seems set to become even more vital. We've been sent some heart warming reports accompanied by lovely photos so we thought it would be nice to share with you in a special feature.  It's wonderful how adaptable and creative everybody has been in the face of social distancing and other Covid related rules!

schoolchildren around table with cakeDurlston Prep School raises £357 for Macmillan Cancer

Every year, pupils, parents and staff at Durlston Court Prep School usually get together to support the Macmillan Coffee Morning. This year, like so many events, this couldn’t take place. The current situation, however didn’t stop the Durlston Family!

Chef Sally Rogers generously made a cupcake for every child (and some spare for staff!) for them to enjoy within their class bubbles. Pre-Prep children were thrilled with their tea party. Pupils brought in their change to donate to this worthy cause and raised £357. Headmaster, Richard May, commented, “we are a family school and usually have a full calendar of family and community events so it was great to be able to continue our fundraising efforts;  Sally’s cupcakes certainly put a smile on everyone’s faces.  Even through lockdown we continued with regular ‘Durlston Family’ events such as a virtual theatre trip, weekly disco and a Durlston camp-out where everybody camped in their garden or house on the same evening. Durlston is a supportive family and we have many more plans to continue with as many events and fund raising activities as we can – albeit in adapted COVID safe way.”

Golden tickets at Colten Care

Residents and staff at Colten Care’s 21 care homes put a Willy Wonka-style twist on their support for the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. As well as raising hundreds of cuppas, they enjoyed a gentle contest to see who would bite into a secret ‘Golden Cup Cake’ containing a layer of edible gold leaf through the middle.

Chefs at each home prepared the disguised treats as part of the array of cakes and pastries they made and served at the annual charity fundraiser. The 21 residents who ‘found the gold’ at their particular coffee mornings have been entered into a draw to win £250 of shopping vouchers, with Colten Care donating the same amount to Macmillan on their behalf.

As well as the cup cake contest, fun on the day included many individual initiatives to add to the total raised.

people in a care home

Chris would "do anything" to raise money for Macmillan!

At Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst, gardener Chris Marsh underwent a sponsored leg wax as residents cheered him on. “Oh my goodness he was brave,” said resident Audrey Wainwright. “It was easy for us to sit back and laugh, but he did so well. It was really fun.”  

Jane Bunker, Companionship Team Leader, who performed the ‘waxing’, said: “Chris gritted his teeth but he took it all in the right spirit.

“I had asked him earlier about ideas for Macmillian and he said he would do anything to raise money – so we took him at his word. He’s a lovely guy and we had such good fun.”

At Court Lodge in Lymington, there was an ‘eat a doughnut without licking your lips’ challenge while at Abbott Barton in Winchester, Healthcare Assistant Judith Pain raised more than £200 towards a sponsored head shave. 

Overall, the 21 care homes along with staff at Colten’s Ringwood head office raised £2,000 this year despite the fact that Covid restrictions meant families and community visitors were unable to attend the individual coffee mornings. 

Royal British LegionRoyal British Legion and Laura

And finally, Royal British Legion Club in Lymington held a coffee morning at the British Legion Hall for which Laura of La Vie En Cake made delectable cakes and over £200 was raised. All concerned were very pleased!

Mamillan's annual coffee fundraiser turns 30 this year

The annual coffee fundraiser, which turned 30 this year, is dedicated to bringing people together over a cuppa to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. 

According to the charity, someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer every 90 seconds.

Proceeds from the coffee morning help to provide them with emotional, financial and clinical support.

For more information on Macmillan Cancer Support, visit


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