Cup of success overflows in charity coffee sessions

The community coffee session for MacMillan at St Monans Primary School
The community coffee session for MacMillan at St Monans Primary School

A special coffee afternoon in St Monans, in aid of the MacMillan cancer charity, was a refreshing success.

Over £800 was raised by the local primary school during a day of activities.

Two pupils, Elena Hughes (P7) and Emily Kelly (P6) had kicked off the fundraising in the holidays by raising over £140 selling loom bands at the village harbour.

Their efforts led to the organisation of a special MacMillan fundraising day in school.

A children’s cake stall and tombola with non-uniform contributions were held in the morning for the children, while pupils from two classes helped to organise a community coffee afternoon in the school hall.

Pupils used their skills to set tables, arrange flowers, ice cakes, serve a full hall with tea/coffee and cakes, and sold tickets for a special raffle.

“ As well as many of our parents, many members of the community supported the event,” said headteacher Patricia Shafren.

“There was a fantastic atmosphere and the pupils were delighted at the turn out.

“ The children did a tremendous job ensuring all customers were served in our extremely busy cafe.”

Ms Shafren added: “The pupils were especially motivated to make a difference to those affected by cancer after the death of a very special school volunteer, Cathy Walkinshaw, from St Monans, who died of cancer at the beginning of the holidays.

“Although her passing was a shock and sad for the school community, we know Cathy would be very proud of our efforts.

“Cathy was a fabulous volunteer who gave of her time for good causes and we want to continue helping others in the way Cathy did for us.

“Her husband Alan came along to support the event and was very proud of the children and the support for the event.”

The same day, an annual MacMillan coffee morning was held in St Monans Church hall, with a sale of garden produce and jam.