Norwich venues hold Macmillan coffee mornings

Businesses, schools and record breakers joined together across Norwich today to share a cup of coffee for charity.

The World's Biggest Coffee Morning returned bigger and better than ever to the city as the sun shone on the Macmillan Cancer Support annual fundraiser.

All across the country people joined together in their homes, offices, village halls and a range of other venues to support the cancer support charity and celebrate its centenary.

In Norwich these included a wide variety of events from coffee mornings in shops and banks to a world record attempt.

Simon Burrage, of Caf� Marzano, in The Forum welcomed long-time Macmillan fundraisers Mr Remarkableman and Ultra Man.

The father and son team, aka Shaun and Hadley Jones, entertained crowds in the sun with world record attempts as people donated.

Mr Burrage said: 'We are happy to be a part of the day and are definitely keen to do it again next year. The momentum Macmillan have created is great with more people getting involved to raise more funds.'

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Marks & Spencer, in Rampant Horse Street, Norwich, donated money from cups of coffee and cakes sold in its caf� to the charity, with cookery books and pins also on sale.

Store manager Caroline Sherratt said: 'It has been really good. We have made quite a lot of money and are aiming for �2,000 in store.'

Other public events across the city included a mix of zumba and cakes at The Open Venue, in Bank Plain, and a morning of coffee, cakes and raffle at St Giles church.

Helen Chapman, area fundraising manager for Norfolk and Suffolk, said that she hoped that �200,000 would be raised in Norfolk alone, with �330,000 made across the two counties for the charity that offers emotional, practical, financial and medical support to people living with cancer. Last year the total was �261,000 from Norfolk and Suffolk.

She said: 'It has gone exceptionally well. Most places I went to said they had made more than last year.

'We would like to thank everyone for taking part and all the volunteers and all the people who attended the coffee mornings.'

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