Mayor’s col­umn

Accrington Observer - - YOUR VIEWS - Peter Brit­cliffe

THE first Macmil­lan cof­fee morn­ing was held in 1990 when a lo­cal fundrais­ing com­mit­tee held a cof­fee morn­ing and do­nated the pro­ceeds to Macmil­lan.

The first na­tion­wide cof­fee morn­ing took place in 1991 with 2,600 peo­ple reg­is­ter­ing to hold an event.

Each year, more and more peo­ple have reg­is­tered, and in Fe­bru­ary 2012 Macmil­lan an­nounced that 2011’s worlds big­gest Cof­fee Morn­ing raised a record 10 mil­lion to help peo­ple af­fected by can­cer.

Over the years, the cof­fee morn­ings have di­ver­si­fied into many dif­fer­ent fundrais­ing events, from pub quizzes to gar­den par­ties, in­clud­ing world record at­tempts for the high­est cof­fee morn­ing (on a jet fighter in 2004), the most dis­tant cof­fee morn­ing (Antarc­tica) and the world’s deep­est cof­fee morn­ing (down Poldark mine, Corn­wall in 2002).

The world’s big­gest cof­fee morn­ing is the flag­ship fund rais­ing event for Macmil­lan.

Each year, mem­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic host their own cof­fee morn­ing and here in Hyn­d­burn is no ex­cep­tion as Sara and I found out as we vis­ited a num­ber of them.

The first event at­tended, ear­lier in the week was at Rhy­d­dings Methodist Church, Oswaldtwistle where we ate de­li­cious cake and drank cof­fee. A very happy morn­ing which also pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to catch up with former teach­ing col­league Jean Ha­worth and another old friend Dorothy Pickup.

Fri­day was a whirl­wind of cof­fee morn­ings, be­gin­ning at Hip­pings Methodist School where we were wel­comed by head­teacher Mrs Westell and the Year 2 chil­dren who pro­vided us with drinks and a cream cake break­fast.

Then af­ter a quick stop at “The Prop­erty Shop” we went to Holy Trin­ity Church in Oswaldtwistle for a morn­ing or­gan­ised by The Walm­s­ley Foun­da­tion, a new Hyn­d­burn Char­ity and hosted by Josh Allen and Rev An­thony Roberts.

Here we caught up with pupils from St. An­drews’s Pri­mary School who we met ear­lier in the year when we launched their Big Red Read­ing Bus.

It was then across to The Black Dog Pub to be greeted by Emma Kear­ney for yet more cakes and cof­fee. I have to ad­mit that it was the first time I’ve been in there for non al­co­holic bev­er­ages!

From there to Ac­cring­ton to North Lancs Train­ing Group, The Old Bak­ery where the young peo­ple pre­pared a de­li­cious spread.

Then to Nut­tall St where four lo­cal shops had got to­gether to raise monies, co­or­di­nated by Sheena Tyldesly and Lisa Allen.

A quick stop at the coun­cil’s event then off to Crowning Glory Hair­dressers in Clay­ton where we met Pam Hol­gate and her vol­un­teers.

Now it was lunchtime so Sara and I en­joyed a gi­ant hot dog each be­fore meet­ing Elvis.

A great morn­ing and one mir­rored through­out the Bor­ough at many sim­i­lar events.

I be­lieve that over £7,000 pounds was raised at the events we at­tended, so you can imag­ine how high the fig­ure would be through­out the bor­ough.

Lots of other events too, but don’t ask about the day I was low­ered on a horse by a hoist at the dis­abled rid­ing school!

Un­til next time ……

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