Most of us have sampled the delights of a Macmillan Coffee morning. Scrumptious cakes, whether homemade or bought, washed down with a coffee or a brew. Stuart Haydocks and his wife Trisha however have taken Macmillan Coffee mornings to a whole new scale. Stuart is the Valeting Supervisor at Greenhous Commercials in Fenton whilst Trisha is a care worker for the NHS.
Stuart and Trisha have been putting on Macmillan Coffee Mornings at their house in Stoke for the past 5 years and in that time have raised an incredible £4,000 for the Cancer Support charity. Stuart describes how it all started saying: “In 2014 a friend Maggie Sands got the all clear after her breast cancer treatment. She was having coffee with Trisha one afternoon and they saw a poster for a Macmillan Coffee Morning on the noticeboard of the café they were in. Trisha suggested they do a coffee morning of their own to support Macmillan.
“That first year the event at our home raised £220. We were delighted with the response and so we repeated it the next year. Neighbours and colleagues were very supportive and cakes were made and we put a sign in our window. Lots of people attended and the sum raised was £400!
“Since then it has become an annual event and we have raised over a thousand pounds at each of the last two coffee mornings. It has become a bit of a special event where we live and has extended to include raffles and book sales with cakes being taken into work. I am the chief bottle washer and tea maker!” Whilst Trisha makes many of the cakes, Stuart is a dab hand at decorating them.
Stuart takes a day off his holiday entitlement to put on the coffee morning. He enjoys playing darts for his local club on Tuesdays and Fridays and has beaten the likes of darts greats Eric Bristow, Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis. Both he and Trisha hold season tickets for their beloved Stoke City.
Macmillan Cancer Support are very grateful for the efforts of the Haydocks and their friends. Their generosity will see that £4,000 go to supporting cancer sufferers and their families in Staffordshire.