Putting kettle on to help battle cancer

Gill Jesson who is hosting a coffee morning for Macmillan at Shepard's Hall in Lealholm''w123809b
Gill Jesson who is hosting a coffee morning for Macmillan at Shepard's Hall in Lealholm''w123809b

NEXT week homes and businesses across the region will be open to guests as residents come together to take part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

For many it will be an opportunity to give something back to a charity which helps so many people – one in three of us will be diagnosed with cancer – and this is the case for Gill Jesson, of Shepherd’s Hall Tea Rooms in Lealholm.

In 2010 she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 42, just a year after her father Joe Duckett passed away as a result of liver cancer. However, Gill was able to fight off her disease and said: “I’ve tried to put it behind me and move on, but I had a Macmillan nurse helping me through it so it’s great that I can give something back.”

In 2011, 51,000 people signed up to host coffee mornings, raising a record £10 million.

Other events include:

Middle Earth Tavern on Church Street between 9am and noon on Friday.

Whitby Leisure Centre’s event takes place between 9.30am–11.30am on Friday.

A W Champion & Son, Castleton on Friday.

Egton Old Tyme & Sequence Dance on Thursday 27 Sep in the morning

The Hatless Heron on Church Street on Friday in the morning

Barclays Bank on Baxtergate on Friday

On Saturday at the Eastside Community Centre a coffee morning is being held between 10am and 2pm, in conjunction with a surgery by SBC councillors Sandra Turner and Dorothy Clegg.

Check out our Down Your Way section on pages 22-24 for details of other events taking place around the villages.

As part of the Biggest Coffee Morning event, Carole Hindle, of Darlington, has two prizes to be auctioned off in aid of Macmillan. These are, firstly, a Middlesbrough football shirt, signed by all the players. Secondly, a limited edition signed print of the Red Arrows. To make a bid for either of these items, please contact Carole directly on 01325 353934.