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Watten coffee morning celebration


By David G Scott

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THE figures are just in showing that a team of dedicated volunteers raised £7581 at a recent coffee morning in Watten and after 25 years of charity fundraising have pulled together a staggering £50,000.

Dianne Mackay and her friends in the village held a Macmillan cancer support coffee morning at Watten hall and after a quarter of a century of similar events this one turned out to be the best ever.

The Macmillan coffee morning volunteers celebrated 25 years of fundraising which has seen over £50,000 raised towards the charity. Dianne Mackay is pictured in the middle wearing the green top. Pictures: DGS
The Macmillan coffee morning volunteers celebrated 25 years of fundraising which has seen over £50,000 raised towards the charity. Dianne Mackay is pictured in the middle wearing the green top. Pictures: DGS

"I want everyone to know it was a team effort that was behind it all," said Dianne after the event. "I knew of people who needed Macmillan nurses and I just felt it was a really worthwhile cause."

Dianne explained that the coffee mornings started at the Brown Trout hotel before moving to the primary school and then to the present location in the village hall.

"We have to thank all the people who contributed and the shops, businesses and families who have baked and donated," she added.

Three sums came in for charity at the event – £4923 from donations and sales of baking; a raffle amount of £2606; and £52 from the children at Watten Primary School. The grand total, which was announced this week, has come to £7581.

A huge turnout at the Watten coffee morning saw people travelling to the village hall from far and wide.
A huge turnout at the Watten coffee morning saw people travelling to the village hall from far and wide.

Kay Allan, Macmillan cancer support Wick branch, presented a certificate to mark the 25th anniversary of the Watten coffee morning and Dianne accepted it on behalf of everyone involved.

After 25 years, Dianne and the volunteers have raised over £50,000 towards the Macmillan charity.

"Once again we have been astonished at the generosity of the Caithness people in supporting Macmillan coffee mornings both here in Watten and throughout the county. It is much appreciated," she said.


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