Thousands raised in memory of brother at Macmillan coffee morning

A sister "smashed" her £10,000 fundraising target as she held an annual coffee morning in memory of her late brother.

Thousands raised in memory of brother at Macmillan coffee morning

Chrissy Smith, aged 65, from Penn, held the Macmillan coffee morning at Penn Bowling Club.

She launched the event six years ago in memory of her brother, Mike 'Scobie' Irwin, who died at the age of 51 from cancer.

The coffee morning has grown in size each year, and due to its popularity, is now held at the bowling club.

Before the event, Chrissy had raised £9,455 from all the previous years, and she was hoping to hit the £10,000 target by the end of the most recent event.

And having raised £1,700 this time round, she did just that.

Chrissy said: "The event was absolutely fantastic. To say we smashed the £10,000, I am speechless. My brother would have been so proud."

Other coffee mornings were held across the Black Country and Staffordshire.

At plumbing merchant Wolseley, in West Bromwich, there was a penalty shoot-out, sponge throwing contest and cakes and samosas which went on sale.

Britany Love, front left, and Clare Goodwin, pictured, with fellow staff at Wolseley, Doranda Way, Doranda Way Industrial Park, West Bromwich as they hold a Macmillan Coffee. Jason, pictured right

General manager Jason Smith said: "The event was absolutely fantastic. The last time I checked, we had raised in the region of £700. I think around 130 people attended."

Meanwhile there was a coffee morning which was held at The Old Smithy in Eccleshall.

Restaurant supervisor Claire Harper and owner Charlotte King enjoy a cup of tea as they take part in Macmillans coffee morning at The Old Smithy, Eccleshall

Coffee mornings are held each year to support Macmillan Cancer Support.

The charity offers support to patients and their families who have been diagnosed with cancer.

For more information on Macmillan, visit www.macmillan.org.uk

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