Coffee mornings rake in charity cash

Above: Rosalind Green and Isa Schuster celebrate both the charity event and Isa's birthday. Below: Hawthorn Court residents take a coffee in aid of Macmillan - picture by Tommy Higgins.
Above: Rosalind Green and Isa Schuster celebrate both the charity event and Isa's birthday. Below: Hawthorn Court residents take a coffee in aid of Macmillan - picture by Tommy Higgins.

THE coffee is on as charitable residents across the southside and East Renfrewshire sign up for Macmillan’s annual world’s biggest coffee morning.

Last year, the cancer charity raised £15 million from 115,000 people across the UK — and there have been plenty of events taking place in your neighbourhood this year.

Jane Tobias and mum Rosalind Green held two coffee mornings — the first at Homeglen House in Giffnock last Friday.

Rosalind had asked along a special guest, actress and friend Ida Schuster (95), to call in — and Ida, who was also celebrating her birthday, happily obliged.

The event raised £546, and Jane’s event, on Sunday, raised a further £333.

The family run coffee mornings each year in memory of Jane’s late sister Mandy Benstock, who was diagnosed with breast cancer 14 years ago.

Jane told The Extra: “This charity in particular supported us through my late sister Mandy’s fight with cancer, and also through her passing last year — our coffee mornings are in Mandy’s honour.”

Over at Hawthorn Court in Clarkston, residents were joined by family and friends at a Macmillan event organised by Elizabeth Weston.

The coffee, tea and cakes went down at treat and the retirement home raised £640 — Mrs Weston thanks everyone for their donations, as well as Asda Newton Mearns for providing a gift card for goods sold at the coffee morning.

Meanwhile, Clarkston Chiropractic raked in £415, and are still accepting text donations — anyone who wishes to donate £5 can do so by texting COFFEE 2TQ to 70550.