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South Devon launch July 2011
Snooker champion Ray Reardon joined forces with a leading cancer charity to ask people in South Devon to help raise £8.5m to celebrate the 21st birthday of its biggest fundraising event.
Macmillan Cancer Support wants local people to raise more than £40,000 from the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to contribute to the charity’s record-breaking fundraising target. And local organisers are confident of success. South Devon is a real Coffee Morning ‘hot spot’ area.
Six times world champion snooker player Ray Reardon MBE said: ‘I am delighted to support the launch of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. According to the Guinness Book of Records, it is the world’s largest simultaneous party.
'In the past 12 months, our golf club has raised thousands of pounds for Macmillan and I would urge people throughout South Devon to hold their own coffee morning in their homes, work places or in the local community.’
Macmillan chemotherapy support nurse Christine Hoad works in the oncology department of Torbay Hospital and has held a coffee morning at The Sloop Restaurant for the past 3 years, raising £475 last time.
Christine said: ‘We have a very strong Macmillan cancer support team in Torbay. Without Macmillan funding we would not have these specialist services. And this year, Macmillan has added a speech and language therapist to the team. No wonder local people relate so strongly to Macmillan.
'I’m proud to be a Macmillan nurse. Typically, 10-15 nurses from our unit get behind our coffee event and this year we are planning to use The Lodge cancer support and information centre, another invaluable service for local people which has benefited so much from Macmillan funding.'
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