A CUP of coffee and a slice of cake have helped raise thousands of pounds across the Observer area.
From Felpham to Stedham, people gathered together to support those diagnosed with cancer as part of the nationwide Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event.
At South Bersted Primary School, £379.33 was raised as children and parents gathered together on Friday morning to raise money.
All the children brought in 20p and they were all allowed into the main hall to choose a cake at their break time.
The Friends of South Bersted School ran the event, organised by Kim Hickmore, with her vice-chairman Karen Robinson advertising it and selling the raffle tickets.
“The charity is very close to Karen’s heart as she battled breast cancer only two years ago,” said Kim.
Meanwhile, a coffee morning held by the Arun Indoor Bowling Club proved a roaring success.
An impressive £898.45 was made for the cause as more than 200 people turned out.
Andrea Payne said: “It was a fantastic event. We had a lot of support, from the people who turned up to the local businesses who donated prizes for the raffle. The raffle was so big it took us an hour to call all of the numbers.
“It was a brilliant event with a great atmosphere.”
It was not just schools and clubs that opened their doors.
Felpham resident Pam Evans opened up her Mornington Crescent home for the cause and raised £333.
“It was a lovely event. We had plenty of tea, coffee and cakes and the place was packed. It had a lot of support. It was a packed lively event enjoyed by everyone,” she said.
The coffee morning was also attended by residents of Byway House, where Pam is the activities co-ordinator.
Hilda Bashford, ladies’ captain at Aldingbourne Tennis Club, organised a coffee morning attended by more than 25 club members, raising £260.
But this is not the end, more fundraising events are planned in the coming days.
At the Apuldram Centre, near Chichester, there will be a coffee morning from 10am-2pm on Saturday, October 11.
As well as coffee and cake, organisers said there would also be a 120-strong choir performing in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.