CUPPAS were brewed all over South Tyneside yesterday as scores of people raised cash for charity.
More than 350 events were planned across the borough as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
It’s expected that in excess of £100,000 will be raised by the South Tyneside fundraisers.
The cash was generated by dozens of supporters paying donations for tea, coffee and cakes.
One of the first coffee mornings to get under way was organised by South Tyneside Youth Action Volunteers.
Members ran the event during the opening of the new creative community garden at the Cave in Captain’s Row, South Shields, raising £412.
A spokesman said: “We had a great day. The tombola and all of the cakes sold out.”
Grease was the word for staff and residents at Garden Hill Care Home in South Shields as they welcomed guests for a 1950s-themed tea dance.
The event also included a screening of the 1978 film Grease, starring John Travolta.
Care manager Lyndsay Scott said: “We had a great turnout for our coffee morning. Everyone involved said they had a brilliant time.”
Staff at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust also rose to the occasion by baking goodies.
Its specialist Macmillan palliative care and community learning disability teams raised hundreds of pounds by holding not one, but two, events.
The Macmillan team consisting of palliative care consultant Dr Peter Robson, social worker Carol Kerry, clinical psychologist Mary Douthwaite, admin worker Ann Atkinson and clinical nurse specialists Dawn Townsley, Dawn Orr, Sarah Turnbull, Bev Ferguson and Tracy Lindsay, plus occupational therapists Kirsty Duggins and Joanne Davis, held their very own bake-off.
The community learning disability team’s home-made cake sale was organised by administration lead Kimberley Ormston with community nurses Christine Parker and Stacey Whittaker.