Bourne couple say thank you for coffee morning support

Coffee morning fundraiser at Bourne Corn Exchange. Organiser  Margaret McGregor with husband Michael. EMN-141127-123923009

Coffee morning fundraiser at Bourne Corn Exchange. Organiser Margaret McGregor with husband Michael. EMN-141127-123923009

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A couple have thanked people for their generosity as they edged ever closer to a £100,000 fundraising landmark.

Dr Michael and Margaret McGregor held their annual coffee morning at Bourne Corn Exchange yesterday.

The couple have been supporting Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research for more than 30 years as their son John battled leukaemia and died in 1985.

Prior to yesterday’s event they had raised about £95,000. And although the final total has not yet been calculated, there is every chance the £100,000 milestone could have been reached.

Dr Michael was delighted with the support. He said: “Whatever we do make is worthwhile.

“We have had tremendous support from everyone. People having been making things, saving things and bringing them in. It is quite unexpected and most generous.

The £1 entry fee at the event included a tea or coffee and a mince pie. There were also a variety of stalls and 
games.

The coffee morning is an important legacy for the McGregors’ son John, but the couple have a bigger reason for organising the event.

Dr Michael said: “What’s more important is that it’s raising funds for research. They are improving what they can do all the time, and more and more people are surviving.

“It’s well worth it from that point of view.”

Margaret said she thought more than 300 people came through the doors.

“We always get good support,” she added. “I’m sure people are still keen to support us. I think it’s tremendous.

“So many people have been touched by cancer.”

Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research is UK charity dedicated to improving the lives of patients with all types of blood cancer, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.