Ladybank community cash cheques for cancer

From left: Blair Milne, Kate Milne, Angela Doonan and Kirsty Nicol. Pic: George McLuskie
From left: Blair Milne, Kate Milne, Angela Doonan and Kirsty Nicol. Pic: George McLuskie

Sweet transactions replaced traditional tender at the old RBS bank in Ladybank for Macmillan’s Big Coffee Morning.

Local man, Blair Milne - who has bought the old bank building - transformed the the main room into a tasty spread to raise money for a charity clsoe to his heart.

With the help of family, friends and his partner Lauren Davis, the group maninvited residents and visitors into the former bank hall to buy coffee and cakes in aid of the cancer charity’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning initiative.

“I bought the old RBS building when it closed and arranging the coffee morning took on a bit of a dual role - allowing people in the village to see in and about it before it is converted into a house, to see the parts of the bank that they wouldn’t have been able to see as well as raising money for a great cause,” explained Blair.

The smell of homebaking caused a buzz in the village, and a steady flow of people popped in to sample the sweet treats on offer and have a good natter over a cup of tea or coffee.

Blair sid: “There was a team of us there, myself and Lauren and few members of the family.

“We got together ahead of the event and pulled together our ideas on what to sell.

With tables and chairs borrowed from Masonic hall and decorations such as bunting and balloons hung, the stage was set for a successful coffee morning.

“It was more than just a charity fundraiser,” Blair said. “People pitched in to help such as one woman who helped by making lots of banana loaf!

“It was also lovely to see familiar faces drop in for a chat and to drop in donations.

“Social events like this are a good opportunity for people to get together.”

Balancing the books in a manner befitting their surroundings, Blair was delighted to annouce they raised over £850.

“I couldn’t actually believe it.

“As I was sitting counting the money, I realised began to realise how much was there and it was really good.

“I really want to thank everybody for their generosity.

“It’s so much more than I could imagine, it’s crazy.”

Demonstrating his support for Macmillan Cancer, Blair recently took part in a gruelling physical challenge - the Tough Mudder event.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer.

The charity ask people all over the UK to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan to help the charity provide medical, emotional, practical and financial support to those facing cancer as well as their friends and family.