On Friday 22nd November 2019, the fifth annual CRY Coffee Morning & Cake Bake fundraising event took place at St. Barnabas Church Hall, Swanland in memory of local teenager, Jamie Loncaster.
As always, there had been many months of pre-planning and promotion of the event. Once again some early “save the date” notices were circulated to the local community via the Swanland Village Association newsletter and the Swanland Parish Magazine. This was followed by publicity on social media. But as always, word of mouth continues to be a reliable way of spreading the news!
There were cakes and buns of all shapes, sizes, flavours and colours with varying styles of very professional looking decoration! Family friend and local cake maker Claire Milner once again donated some amazing cakes and boxed muffins for the Cake Raffle table. Her creations were also joined by a cake from Dave Morford and one from Carly Danby.
As you’d expect this cake raffle was yet again a very busy stall and a total of around 500 ticket strips were sold! Huge thanks go to Dave & Rosie Morford, who spent almost the entire time manning the cake raffle table. Needless to say, there were some very happy tickets holders when the phone calls were made following the ticket draw at midday.
As is now customary, the fundraising event ran from 9am to midday and this year over 300 people were served a cup of coffee, on top of the refills that were also provided. Jamie’s family would like to thank the coffee making team (Judith Bishop, Karen Cowing and Linda Mitchleson to name but three), without whom there would have been a very long queue!
This is always a well-attended event and it gives the community an annual excuse for a catch up over coffee with friends and family, whilst enjoying some really wonderful home-baked cakes.
The event is run to raise awareness of Cardiac Risk in the Young and there were many posters and leaflets around highlighting how past donations have been spent.
On the day over £1,750 of cash was donated between the coffee and cake stalls and raffle table.
Other donations received before and after the event raised the total to almost £2,100.
All money raised goes to Jamie’s Memorial Fund at Cardiac Risk in the Young and is being used by the family to offer FREE Heart Screenings for local young people aged 14-35.
The coffee morning will be held again next year and is likely to be on the last Friday in November.