Sanctuary Care homes across the country welcomed coffee lovers from their local communities to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The dedicated care home teams organised an array of themed events to support the charity’s annual fundraising World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
Pinewood Residential Care Home in Chigwell raised a fantastic £250 for the cause by hosting a Hollywood film-star themed coffee morning. Home manager Denise Brown said: “It was an amazing event and our residents loved seeing us all dressed to the nines. We were so happy to have raised so much for an amazing charity.”
At Furzehatt Residential and Nursing Home in Plymstock, residents and the team donned spectacular headwear for a Mad Hatters themed event. The home also looked the part with stunning decorations, including beautiful vintage cups and saucers, teapots as vases, giant playing cards, lanterns, pink flamingos – and of course, Alice’s looking glass.
Resident Molly Niles, 100, said: “I had a really lovely day and I couldn’t believe how fantastic everyone looked – and the home too. So much effort was made.”
Residents at Heathlands Residential Care Home in Pershore enjoyed a swashbuckling time when they held a pirate party to mark the occasion, raising £80 for Macmillan. The team and residents all dressed to impress with eye patches and pirate hats galore and were joined by the local mayor Tony Rowley and children from Stepping Stones Day Nursery for a treasure hunt.
Manager Anita Fletcher said: “Everyone had a really brilliant day and looked fantastic – it was great to have such a fun time while raising money for a very important cause.”
At Wantage Nursing Home in Oxfordshire, residents, the team and people from the local community went head-to-head with their mixing bowls for a cupcake decorating competition.
Resident Sheila Penney, 81, who won the competition said: “I am absolutely delighted to have won, it was a really lovely surprise. We all had such a lovely time.”
Clients at Westmead Day Care Centre in Droitwich also held their own Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on the day. Ann Good, 101, said: “I absolutely loved the theme and how the room was decorated – it was fantastic!”
Basingfield Court Residential Care Home in Basingstoke hosted a vintage tea party, raising £70 for the charity with the home decked in bunting galore – plus entertainment from 1940s singer Kitty.
The events were part of World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising drive, where people across the country get together on Friday 26 September and have a natter over a cuppa and cake to help the charity support people affected by cancer.
Last year a staggering 154,000 people signed up for the event, raising a record £20 million. For every £25 raised, the charity can pay for a Macmillan nurse to support a family affected by cancer for one hour, while £278 could keep a Macmillan information and support centre stocked for a month with all the resources it needs to support people.