Cof­fee morn­ing fundraiser

East Kilbride News - - OUR PEOPLE - Ni­cola Findlay

Hunter Health Cen­tre put the ket­tle on to raise much-needed funds for Macmil­lan Cancer Sup­port.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers from across East Kil­bride came to­gether to join in on the world’s big­gest cof­fee morn­ing.

The pri­mary aim of the event, or­gan­ised by South La­nark­shire Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship (SLH&SCP) at Hunter Com­mu­nity Health Cen­tre, was to raise vi­tal funds for peo­ple af­fected by cancer.

Cake con­tri­bu­tions were made by health and so­cial care staff as well as mem­bers from South La­nark­shire health and so­cial care fo­rum, an in­de­pen­dent group of com­mu­nity vol­un­teers.

Bak­ing was also handed in from peo­ple across East Kil­bride, in­clud­ing Ar­ti­san Buon­giorno bak­ery.

Among the many guests who came to en­joy the fare was Marie Pur­cell-Braw­ley, one of the first MacMil­lan nurses in La­nark­shire.

Along­side col­league Mar­garet Stur­geon, she started work in 1986.

The event raised just over £1000 and Dr Na­dia Ait-Hocine, SLH&SCP lo­cal­ity man­ager for East Kil­bride, ex­plained that a sense of com­mu­nity spirit char­ac­terised the morn­ing.

“The Hunter Com­mu­nity Health Cen­tre is not just a place where peo­ple liv­ing with a con­di­tion or are ill come to get treat­ment and/or med­i­cal ad­vice,” she said.

“We want to use this as a hub where the com­mu­nity can come to­gether and pool its strengths too.

“Events like this show that by col­lab­o­rat­ing, fo­cus­ing and work­ing to­gether, a real dif­fer­ence can be made to ev­ery­one.”

The cof­fee morn­ing took place as SLH&SCP em­barks on a pro­gramme of build­ing and cel­e­brat­ing com­mu­ni­ties (BCC).

Maria Docherty is SLH&SCP nurse di­rec­tor pro­gramme man­ager for BCC.

“Care and sup­port isn’t just some­thing which is de­liv­ered by the statu­tory ser­vices,” she said.

“As the par­tic­i­pa­tion of mem­bers of pub­lic and part­ner­ship staff at the East Kil­bride cof­fee morn­ing at­tests, this is some­thing that’s wo­ven into the very fab­ric of com­mu­nity life.”

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