Wacky hair and cakes help charity

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Gallons of coffee and a mountain of cake were consumed across Bedfordshire during this year’s Macmillan coffee morning.

The annual fundraising event saw thousands of pounds pour in to support the cancer charity.

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In Kempston, Shires Funeral Directors teamed up with the King William pub to host their event.Donning green wigs and t-shirts, they raised a grand total of £900.36.

Landlady Joanne Hill said: “The coffee morning went really well and after, the regular pub customers kept donating throughout the day.

“We hope we can round it up and make a donation of £1,000.”

Members of the Park Road Methodist Church joined in with “the world’s biggest coffee morning”, at the church, off Roff Avenue, Bedford, serving coffee and cakes from 10am until noon. A spokesman said they raised £158.40.

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He added: “Many church members and friends baked cakes and cheese scones for the event.”

Staff at Lockheed Martin UK held a coffee morning, at the firm’s Ampthill base. It was a relaxing follow-up to the 140-mile bike ride employees made in September to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. The teams rode between four of the firm’s UK sites starting in Ampthill and ending in Hampshire, and have raised £5,661.82 so far.

Vice president and managing director, Missiles and Fire Control UK, Alan Lines said: “Our employees pride themselves on playing an active role in helping to strengthen the quality of life in communities located close to our businesses. It’s great to be getting on our bikes to back Macmillan.”