South Derbyshire council chairman to open coffee morning at Woodville Co-operative Funeralcare home

South Derbyshire District Council chairman, Councillor Michael Stanton, will be taking an unusual coffee break with residents at Woodville Co-operative Funeralcare in Granville Street on Wednesday (September 27th).

Woodville Co-operative funeral directors Angela Bowyer and Lorraine Walker who will be hosting a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan cancer charity.

Woodville Co-operative funeral directors Angela Bowyer and Lorraine Walker who will be hosting the coffee morning in aid of Macmillan cancer charity.

The Tory councillor has been invited to the funeral home for a chat over a cuppa as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of cancer charity Macmillan.

Woodville Co-operative Funeralcare is supporting the annual fundraiser by welcoming the community to join in the coffee morning starting at 10am.

Cllr Stanton, who will be accompanied by his wife and consort, Heather Stanton, will declare the event officially open. Other VIP guests will include Councillor Margaret Hall, the council’s vice chairman, and her husband Michael.

Visitors will be able to sample an array of delicious cakes and traditional breads over a cup of coffee, or tea, served by Woodville Co-op funeral directors Lorraine Walker and Angela Bowyer.

The local business community has come together to back the fundraising effort. The Buckley Bakehouse in Swadlincote is providing the cakes, with other businesses contributing raffle and tombola prizes. Among the prizes will be a Co-op hamper, a £30 Morrisons gift voucher, a picnic basket, vouchers for Bretby Garden Centre and Toons Furniture, a box of Dove products, perfumed candles and a beautiful cushion donated by John Mills Curtains of Swadlincote.

There will also be a special display of innovative jewellery, which can be embossed with the fingerprint of a loved one, as well as Avon products and glassware that can be personalised.

Funeral director Lorraine Walker said: “Everyone is welcome and we hope to see as many local people as possible. The event will run from 10am to 3pm. This is very much a community event and we want to raise as much as we possibly can for Macmillan. As funeral directors we know only too well the devastating effect of cancer. It is something which touches all our lives, directly or indirectly, through the people we love and care for, and it’s important we do our utmost to support this charity.”

Macmillan is hoping to exceed the £29.5 million it raised in 2016 to provide specialist help for the one in three people who will get cancer. Around 2.5 million in the UK are now living with the disease. This figure is predicted to rise to 4 million by 2030, making the need to raise money ever more pressing.

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