Hatton: Treats by the canal to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support

CANALSIDE walkers and cyclists and those enjoying a trip on a barge can stop for a cuppa and a cake and help a Hatton cafe raise funds to fight cancer next weekend.

Staff at the Hatton Locks cafe, who have supported Macmillan Cancer Support in recent months by helping out with fundraising canal walks, are taking time out to bake trays and trays of treats to sell for the charity as they take part in its World’s Biggest Coffee Morning campaign.

Visitors are invited to drop in next Friday and Saturday (September 28 and 29) from 11am onwards, to tuck into a selection of homebaked cupcakes, muffins and biscuits in exchange for donations to the cause, which funds the care Macmillan nurses provide to cancer patients.

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Cafe supervisor Sharon Gentry, who has been helping to organise Macmillan coffee mornings for several years, both at the Rocking Horse cafe in Kenilworth when she worked there, and at her own home, said: “I am a strong believer that the Macmillan nurses do such an important job and every little bit we can do to help them counts.

“I have lost a few friends to cancer this year, one of which was visited by a Macmillan nurse three times a day.

“For people of any generation, cancer is big in everybody’s minds and they want to help.”

The cafe is among hundreds of businesses, community groups, schools, other organisations, families, friends and individuals who have signed up to take part in this year’s campaign.

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Among others to have signed up in recent weeks is John Taylor Funeral Service at St Johns in Warwick, which is inviting passers-by to join staff for coffee on Friday September 28 between 10am and 1pm.

Although the official coffee morning date is Friday, participants can choose an alternative date to suit them.

Macmillan’s Coventry and Warwickshire branch is hoping to raise £189,000 through this year’s campaign.