Support pours in for coffee events
Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth was among hundreds of people helping to raise money to support cancer patients and their families yesterday.
The politician joined a coffee morning organised by the St Andrew's Tenants' Association, near Leicester Royal Infirmary, as part of the national Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning event.
Money raised will go towards helping to fund 60 Macmillan health professionals working across Leicestershire.
Mr Ashworth said: "I was pleased to attend his event and take time out of my day for what really matters.
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"With more than two million people living with cancer in the UK, Macmillan Cancer Support provides vital support."
Angie Beale, chairman of the tenants' association, said: "It was lovely for Jon to come and have a look round. I am pleased he wanted to meet the residents."
In Broughton Astley, Denise Townsend organised a coffee morning which stretched throughout the day, at Ishka's in Station Road.
She served breakfast rolls in the morning, along with cakes, tea and coffee.
Paella and sangria were on the menu for lunch, and the day ended with a buffet Indian meal.
Denise, who runs groups to support people trying to lose weight, said: "I am hoping we will have raised at least £600 but it could be a lot more when we finally count up.
"Most people know someone who has been affected by cancer and I wanted to do something to help."