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Macmillan's coffee event is a big success

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: October 05, 2012

  • MACMILLAN MOMENTS: Left, at Charlie's in Tintagel, Cathy Batham, who has recovered from breast cancer and friend Sarah Grice, with children Jessica and Aaron; right, at the home of Malcolm and Lynn Biddick, handling the all-important raffle are Vi Biddick, Carolyn Edwards and Hilary Carthew.

  • Macmillan Coffee Afternoon at Charlies in Tintagel. Photo taken on Friday afternoon outside Charlies at Tintagel. Pictured inside Charlies are Eve Morrell, Derek Morell, Cathy Batham, John Green, with Jack Jeskins on his knee, owners Rebecca and David Cloughton, Mervyn Palmer, Helen Bobbins and Gillian Goward. Picture David Flower

  • Boscastle Macmillan Coffee Morning. Photo taken in the home of Malcolm and Lynn Biddick, on Friday September 28th 2012. Picture handling the important Raffle is Vi Biddick, Carolyn Edwards and Hilary Carthew, and of course Teddy Bear. Picture David Flower

  • GREAT GIFTS: At Tintagel WI Hall are Kathleen Hoadley, Mary Uglow and June Burnard.

  • CUPPA COFFEE: Left, Carole Flower and Sarah Horwell. On their laps are Sarah's children Evie and Aston Horwell at Boscastle; right, willing helpers at the event in St Teath are Jean Nicholls, Julia Bolton and Eileen Treby.

  • TASTY TREATS: Tempting you with the delicious cakes on offer at Delabole are Sarah Wilson, Karen Smith, Mel Vercoe, Evie Vercoe and Joanne Bluett.

  • Boscastle Macmillan Coffee Morning. Photo taken in the home of Malcolm and Lynn Biddick, on Friday September 28th 2012. Picture are supporter of Macmillan, Carole Flower and Sarah Horwell. On their laps are Sarah's children Evie and Aston Horwell. Picture David Flower

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A WOMAN who has experienced the help given by the team from Macmillan following an operation to treat breast cancer was among those helping to raise money during the charity's World's Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday.

People throughout North Cornwall attended the many events organised to raise funds for Macmillan, which helps people living with cancer.

Grandmother Cathy Batham organised a raffle and tabletop sale which raised £80 at the coffee morning at Charlie's Café and Deli in Tintagel.

Cathy had been told on July 18, 2008, that she had cancer and would have to have her breast removed. This was followed up with chemo and herseptin treatment which was really tough.

"I lost all my hair due to treatment. I did not feel like a whole woman any more," she told the Cornish Guardian.

"Many times I felt like giving up but with the love and support of my family and friends, and the wonderful Macmillan nurses, I came through it all.

"The nurses are always there at the end of a phone or they will come to your home, always ready to listen to any worries or problems you may have.

"They got me money for heating and clothes. They are not just nurses, they become friends, they are wonderful, caring people.

"I can never repay them enough for all the help and support they gave me at the hardest time of my life."

When her friend Sarah Grice said she was organising an event Cathy joined her in asking shops, pubs and cafés in Tintagel for donations for the raffle and tabletop sale.

Businesses and individuals gave many good items for the sale and raffle, and Charlie's also sold raffle tickets during the week.

Charlie's own coffee morning raised £178.60 while Tintagel WI raised £362. The event at the church hall in Delabole raised £375 while at St Teath their efforts raised £320.

There were two coffee mornings in Boscastle – at the home of Malcolm and Lynn Biddick and at the Napoleon Inn, where an amazing £680 was raised.

Landlord and landlady Ron and Sharon Muffett offered a big thanks to all who helped, donated prizes or simply came along.

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