Charity Coffee Mornings
From 2007 until 2017 we held a Charity Coffee Morning on the first Thursday of each month, on the Farmers' Market day - these mornings raised the profile and created fund-raising opportunities for local charities.
For 2018 however the format of our Charity Mornings are changing.
Instead of visits from local charities, or the local supporters of national charities, we are supporting the bigger national campaigns where the charities are able to provide publicity. There will be no stalls, but we will have regular opportunities to support these campaigns by buying coffee and cake – what could be better! Claire and Tina will be looking for support during these 'new style' Charity Mornings, and we hope, with your support, to raise significant sums to donate to these good causes. Planned dated are as follows:
|Friday 2nd February||Thames Hospice (in memory of Tim and Jane)|
|Friday 2nd March||Brain Tumour Charity 'Wear it Out'|
|Friday 23rd March||Sport Relief|
|Friday 11th May||Cancer Research UK|
|Thursday 14th June||Alzheimer's 'Cupcake Day'|
|Friday 13th July||Stroke Assiciation|
|Friday 10th August||British Heart Foundation|
|Friday 28th September||Macmillan 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning'|
|Thursday 18th October||Bone Cancer Trust 'Bake it for Bone Cancer'|
|Friday ? November||BBC Children in Need appeal|
We will review our future plans when we can judge how the new style of Charity Morning has worked, and the progress on the building work and changes in shopping that have evolved during the year.
On Friday 17 November we again supported the national Children in Need appeal, and many thanks to everyone who supported the event either by providing or eating coffee and cake. It was a busy morning and £244 was raised with sales over the counter, donations for cakes after Sunday worship and many generous donations into the collecting tin.
The Charity Coffee Mornings started in September 2007, when Gerry Higson spotted the opportunity to support local charities with a regular event in the newly opened Bradbury Centre on the traditional Farmers' Market Day of each month. The local branch of Cancer Research UK were the first charity to visit us, and since then we have been visited by a wide variety of good causes, some of whom we have been happy to welcome a number of times. Remarkably, between September 2007 and December 2017 we have been able to donate £16,864 to various charities, with all our takings over the counter being given to the charity supported on the day, and the sales tables on the Charity Mornings have raised a further £11,208 which has gone directly to their funds. The grand total is £28,072, and I can only thank everyone who has supported these mornings by coming along to buy coffee and cake, buying from the sales tables and donating money, cakes, scones and other items too numerous to mention.