Macmillan coffee mornings success

Michelle de la motte-Rice with the table of cakes at her coffee morning in Mill Hill, Shoreham
Michelle de la motte-Rice with the table of cakes at her coffee morning in Mill Hill, Shoreham

SCHOOLS, businesses and residents took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

Cakes in all shapes and sizes were on offer across Shoreham on Friday, September 27, at events big and small, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

A heart-shaped cake at the Mill Hill coffee morning

A heart-shaped cake at the Mill Hill coffee morning

Michelle de la motte-Rice, 38, of Mill Hill, Shoreham, was holding a second Macmillan coffee morning in memory of her father, Owen Ralph de la motte.

She said: “The Macmillan nurses were absolutely fabulous, so it is just to give something back really.”

Her dad, who was from Sri Lanka, had bowel cancer and died three years ago on September 30

“He was a lovely, lovely man,” Michelle added. “He was 87 when he died but he never looked his age.”

Mums from St Peter’s RC Primary School, family, friends and neighbours gathered at her home, where a table of cakes was on offer, as well as a raffle.

Afterwards, Michelle said: “We can safely say we have beaten last year’s total of£186, so I am over the moon.”

In Brighton Road, Shoreham, there was a smaller gathering at Ann O’Keife’s house, where rune readings were on offer.

Ann said she the event was inspired by two wonderful women in her life, Yeva and Bridgett, and it was the fourth time she had taken part.

Yeva was a great friend who had breast cancer and died in 2009 at the age of 81, while Bridgett was ‘an amazing boss’ who died in her 40s.

Ann said: “Yeva didn’t like to miss a party and she would have loved this because she loved to organised parties.

“Bridgett was a blonde bombshell and a biker. Two very different women but very full of life, which makes it a poignant thing they are not around.”

Customers at Jacobs Steel, in Brunswick Road, Shoreham, were offered biscuits and cakes during the day.

Administrator Sharon Brakes said: “We had biscuits and cakes on offer, a choice of tea or coffee and a silent auction running.

“We had a steady flow of visitors popping in all day.”