Macmillan's coffee event is a big success
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.
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"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.