LIKE most people who will be hosting Macmillan coffee mornings on Friday, Kim Storer is hoping to raise as much as possible to support the charity when she brews up on Friday.
But the pub landlady has an extra-personal reason for getting involved with the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, – not only is she doing it in memory of her mum, but also to say thank you to Macmillan nurses for the help she received when she herself suffered from breast cancer.
Mrs Storer will be inviting people to join her for a coffee and some cake when she opens up The Roebuck Inn, Draycott in the Clay, for the morning – and she is hoping others will be as keen to support the cancer care charity as she is.
Mrs Storer, who suffered from breast cancer seven years ago, said: “I wanted to do it because I suffered from breast cancer and I lost my mum to cancer.
“This will be the first event that we will run in support of Macmillan and we are hoping to make it a success.
“My mum was supported by the Macmillan nurses and they were brilliant – they couldn’t help enough and give enough information about how to get extra help should you need it.
“It’s such a worthwhile cause.”
Her mum Pat Robinson died in December 2011 following a battle with breast cancer.
Mrs Storer, who runs the Toby’s Hill pub with her husband Matt, said that as well as raising money, she also wanted to raise awareness of the work which the nurses do. She said: “The job they do costs so much money. Any small bit we can raise towards the cause will help.
“Raising awareness is as important as raising money.”
There are almost 4,000 Macmillan nurses in the UK, supporting people suffering with cancer.
They are part-funded through Macmillan Cancer Support, which provides help and information for all people affected by the life-threatening disease.
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning , taking place on Friday, is the largest annual Macmillan fund-raiser.
Last year, it raised £15 million nationally.
The event at the Roebuck Inn will be running from 10am until noon.
More information is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and further event details are available by going online to coffee.macmillan.org.uk