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Coffee date at Bourne Corn Exchange raises £4,000 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research

Annual McGregor coffee morning at Bourne Corn Exchange.  From left, Margaret McGregor, Michael McGregor, Tony Nicholls, Lorna Wright, John Kirkman, Jean Kirkman and Mary Pinder.
Photo: MSMP281113-009ow

Annual McGregor coffee morning at Bourne Corn Exchange. From left, Margaret McGregor, Michael McGregor, Tony Nicholls, Lorna Wright, John Kirkman, Jean Kirkman and Mary Pinder. Photo: MSMP281113-009ow

An annual coffee morning attracted more than 400 people through the doors and raised £4,000.

Dr Michael and Margaret McGregor held the event at Bourne Corn Exchange on Thursday last week to raise funds for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

This event marked the 30th year it has been held for the cause, which is close to the couple’s heart.

Their son John battled leukaemia and died in 1985.

The hall was once again packed with visitors who mark the date in their calendar.

People were even queuing outside the door 45 minutes before the start of the event, which as well as refreshments, included a variety of stalls and games.

Dr McGregor said: “It was a very successful event.

“I think it is quite incredible the support we continue to get year after year.

“We raised over £4,000 this year, which just would not have happened without the lovely support we get.

“We are also very grateful to the 60 people who help on the day, serving coffees and manning the stalls.

“The loyalty really is quite remarkable. We are always very touched.”

Vice-chairman of the Bourne branch of the charity John Kirkman added: “It’s our biggest event of the year and it was once again supported as fantastically as it always has been.”

During the event, Bourne Footlights which held its show Calendar Girls for the charity, presented a further £500 to Dr and Mrs McGregor.

It brings the total donated to £2,750, the most a Bourne Footlights production has ever raised.

The show was performed over three nights in June.

 

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