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Established Bourne coffee morning raises £3,000

A charitable couple have raised almost £110,000 from an annual coffee morning that has been running for more than 30 years.

Dr Michael and Margaret McGregor hosted their now legendary coffee morning last Thursday at the Corn Exchange in Bourne in aid of Bloodwise UK, in memory of their son John who died from Leukaemia.

Hundreds of people packed into the Corn Exchange to enjoy tea, coffee, sweet treats, crafts, tombola and a raffle.

“The whole morning went excellently well,” said Margaret.

“We had 297 people come in and some helpers who were great.

“We’ve just banked a total of £3,166.

“The coffee mornings first started in 1983 but it was very small when we started it in our home.

“We now use the two kitchens at the Corn Exchange.

“We must thank the town and all those people from Bourne and came to support, as well as all of the helpers.

“It’s amazing and when you open the door, you don’t know if anyone is going to come but they always do.”

Since starting out, the coffee mornings have been hosted in cricket pavilions and church halls before outgrowing those venues and moving to the Corn Exchange.

The couple started up the coffee mornings in 1983 after their son John was diagnosed with Lukaemia, a condition that little was known about back then.

“We had a son, John, and died in 1985 of Leukaemia and we started fundraising into the research and treatment of it,” Margaret explained.

“There are something like 25 different blood cancers and Bloodwise do so much good work.”

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