Gorebridge cancer coffee morning success

Chrlstine Grahame MSP, Janice Burns (Gorebridge Parish Church), Michael Singh (Bombay Lounge), Cllr Catherine Johnstone and Owen Thompson MP
Chrlstine Grahame MSP, Janice Burns (Gorebridge Parish Church), Michael Singh (Bombay Lounge), Cllr Catherine Johnstone and Owen Thompson MP

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson, Midlothian Council leader Councillor Catherine Johnstone and Gorebridge Parish Church are proud to announce that their 2016 ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ event – held at the church on Saturday, September 24 – has raised a grand total of £1385.77 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Annually, thousands of coffee morning events, collectively called the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’, are held in September, this year on or around the 30th. The Macmillan charity says events across the country in 2015 raised £25 million, and the events have overall raised over £138 million since the first coffee morning in 1990.

The church hall was full for the whole morning, with Christine Grahame MSP and Councillor Kelly Parry stopping by along with many other Midlothian residents. Attendees enjoyed a variety of cakes with their coffee and tea, along with chats with their local representatives.

Mr Thompson said: “This is our office’s second year hosting a Macmillan coffee morning and it was an absolute pleasure to do so again, especially working with Cath, Janice and all at Gorebridge Parish Church. Thanks so much to all those who helped on the morning and all those who dropped in to make the event the success it was. Particular thanks go to Bombay Lounge who brought along a huge £500 donation.

“Cancer impacts so much on all our lives, and it is vitally important for all those affected by cancer to get the best support possible. Macmillan Cancer Support does so much for them – it is an honour to pass the £1385.77 we raised on to them.”

Councillor Johnstone added: “Thank you very much to all the big-hearted contributors to our very successful coffee morning – the coffee, tea and juice drinkers, the biscuit, cake and sweetie eaters and the makers of all these delicious treats, and to the generous donations of tombola prizes, money and jam.

“The competitions and activities prove that a coffee morning with tea, chat and laughter is one of the best medicines around and I know a few folk with lifelong conditions who came along, enjoyed themselves and had their spirits lifted. This was not just a hard work morning - it was a fun filled morning with lots of happiness and goodwill.”

Janice Burns of Gorebridge Parish Church and the Midlothian Foodbank, said: “It was great for everyone to come together to support such a great cause. I know of a few people who are very dear to me who are going through treatment for this awful disease. I would also like to thank everyone who donated goods or money and everyone who gave up their time to volunteer.”

The organisers would like to offer their thanks to all those who baked, volunteered and donated, to Tracey Ross from Midlothian Council’s Welfare Team, and to the local businesses who donated prizes and money for the appeal, including the Bombay Lounge in Dalkeith, the County Hotel in Dalkeith, Chapter One Hair Salon in Eskbank and Newtongrange, Paterson SA Hairdressing in Dalkeith, Bonnyrigg Flowers and Morrison’s Dalkeith.