EXCEPTIONALLY hot weather encouraged the crowds to come out for tea and cake in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday.
Around 230 coffee mornings were held throughout Solihull as part of the charity’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning fundraiser.
Bishop Wilson Primary School in Chelmsley Wood held a coffee morning organised by Trish Purnell, mother of Michelin starred chef Glyn Purnell.
The school raised just shy of £800 with money still coming in - an increase on last year’s £600.
Barclays Bank, Mell Square, sold staff’s homemade cakes and raffle tickets for a John Lewis hamper.
Ladies fashion shop Viyella, High Street, saw visitors tuck into tea and cake in a joint celebration of the shops first anniversary.
Jewellers F Hinds, Mell Sq, also sold cakes and raffle tickets to raise just under £100, while a portion of the price of coffee and other products sold at the Marks and Spencers cafe went to the cancer charity.
Ashley Broadhurst, manager of Barclays Mell Square said: “We’ve raised about £700 and we’re on target for £1,000 which Barclays will match pound for pound.”
Passerby Diana Yiend, from Hollywood, said: “I’m so impressed with Barclays to have put on this event because there weren’t enough places doing this.”
At the Marks & Spencer Cafe in Mell Square, manageress Pauline Lucas said: “We’re hoping as a company to raise half a million this year.”
Vicky, who has worked for M & S for about six years, added: “I’ve been talking to customers about the cookbooks and the different offers with my little shaker. I just talk to people really so they don’t feel like they have to put things in the box.”
A marquee in Mell Square, organised by the Macmillan Cancer Support Hall Green Fundraising Group, raised over £800. The Stone and Ceramic Company in Shirley raised just shy of £100, while CSC in Solihull town centre have collected £600 so far.