Cups runneth over for Macmillan coffee morning

Kirsty Usher, Ewan Szadurski and Raisa Kartalova from M&S at the Gyle; below, Maggie MacDonald and Jock McNab from Mercat Tours. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
Kirsty Usher, Ewan Szadurski and Raisa Kartalova from M&S at the Gyle; below, Maggie MacDonald and Jock McNab from Mercat Tours. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
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FEW of us needed much of an excuse – but to gorge on cakes and biscuits in the name of charity certainly eased any guilt.

Households, colleges, businesses and eateries across the Lothians came out in force yesterday to mark Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

From small events in sitting rooms to large scale attractions in shopping centres, hundreds of people did their bit to raise money for the charity’s annual event.

At the Gyle Shopping Centre, staff at Marks and Spencer donned Downton Abbey-themed outfits, treating customers to traditional tea, coffee and cake, while live music from a piper and trumpeter was enjoyed, along with entertainment for younger customers coming in the form of balloon ­making and a magician.

Leslie Burn, cafe manager at Marks and Spencer Gyle, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to all of our customers who came out to support the coffee morning, as well as those who have supported the charity through their purchases in our food hall and cafe throughout the month.

“Lots of tea has been drunk, cake eaten and lots of laughs had. The World’s ­Biggest Coffee Morning raises money for a truly worthwhile cause, and it has been great fun to once again be a part of it.”

Edinburgh College of Art staff tuck in

Edinburgh College of Art staff tuck in

Last year, Macmillan rallied 154,000 people to its coffee morning, raising a record £20 million.