Norwich fundraisers prepare for Macmillan coffee mornings

Cups will clink and cake will be munched as charity coffee mornings take place across Norwich on Friday.

Events will be held up and down the country as The World's Biggest Coffee Morning raises money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

People will join together in homes, offices, village halls and a range of other venues across the city, with hopes high that the charity's annual event will be the most successful ever as it marks its centenary.

Last year more than 1,400 events were held across Norfolk and Suffolk, raising �261,000 for the charity that offers emotional, practical, financial and medical support to people living with cancer.

This year there are expected to be 1,600 events taking place across Norfolk and Suffolk. In Norwich these include a wide variety of events from coffee mornings in shops and banks to a world record attempt.

At Caf� Bar Marzano, in The Forum, Mr Remarkableman and Ultra Man, aka father and son Shaun and Hadley Jones, will be attempting to break world records for dead lifts and hot water bottle bursting from 11am.

There will be an opportunity to join Roundwood Indoor Bowls Centre, in Ringland Road, Taverham, from 10am, while in the city centre Marks & Spencer, in Rampant Horse Street, will be hosting an event and offering bag packing all day.

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The Open Venue, in Bank Plain, is hoping to be the city's biggest coffee morning with space for more than 1,000 people between 10am and 3pm. Another big event will be at St Giles church from 10.30am.

Hayley Draper, who runs The Window, on Wensum Street, one of the city's smallest caf�s, will handing out free green mini cupcakes and green cookies.

Boots is one of the official partners of this year's coffee morning and their store in Riverside will be offering information about cancer.

Sprowston library will be welcoming people from 10am to 4pm, while Rockland Primary School is open to people from across the village from 9am.

Great Eastern Toys & Models, in Plumstead Road, is offering the chance to win a Hornby train set from 9am to 2pm, while staff at Zing House, in Salhouse Road, have donated their day's work to the charity.

Coffee mornings continue on Saturday with Great Plumstead Village Hall open from 9.30am for people to start Christmas shopping early while enjoying coffee and cake. Eaton Parish Hall will also be holding an event on Saturday from 2.30pm.

Helen Chapman, area fundraising manager for Norfolk and Suffolk, said: 'We are so lucky to have so much support from the general public, companies, groups and associations and schools. It's absolutely amazing that so many people have signed up to hold a coffee morning event.

'With over 5,000 people being diagnosed with cancer in Norfolk each year, it's vital that we raise as much money as possible today because as more and more people are now surviving cancer, the need for Macmillan services just keeps growing.'

To find your nearest event or donate call 0845 602 1246 or visit

Are you holding an event for charity? Contact reporter Richard Wood on 01603 772423 or email