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Redbridge groups enjoy a cuppa for charity

PUBLISHED: 11:47 27 September 2010

Raising a cup: Staff and parents at Ilford Jewish Primary School

Raising a cup: Staff and parents at Ilford Jewish Primary School

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KIND-HEARTED workers, pupils and shoppers caused a stir when they clubbed together to stage the world's biggest coffee morning.

KIND-HEARTED workers, pupils and shoppers caused a stir when they clubbed together to stage the world’s biggest coffee morning.

Shops, schools and offices throughout the borough paused for a slurp to mark the national event, which raised funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

This morning, teachers at Ilford Jewish Primary School, Carlton Drive, Barkingside, invited parents for a coffee and a catch-up to raise money for the cancer charity.

On Friday, MP for Ilford North Lee Scott called into Barclays Bank, High Road, Barkingside, for a cuppa.

Staff downed tools to mingle with the politician and dug into their pockets to pay for a range of delicious homemade goodies.

At Marks and Spencers, High Road, Ilford, there was a treat for the ears as well as the taste buds when entertainers and musicians wowed cafe customers with a range of performances.

Coffee shop manager Tania Stephenson said: “We had a singer, a customer’s husband came in to play keyboard and we also had a charity singer later on.

“It was amazing, absolutely brilliant. There was a really good atmosphere and I think some of the customers wished we had a singer every week.

“We’re still counting up how much we raised but all the staff pulled together and the day went really well.”

Earlier in the week, Recorder staff enjoyed a mountain of mouth-watering edibles and clocked up a tasty £55.

Macmillan aims to make as much money as it can through its mass coffee mornings, which are held up and down the country around the same date each year.

The charity gives practical, medical and financial support to cancer sufferers.

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