Fundraiser is a piece of cake

Thursday, October 3, 2013
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Editor’s comment
With teachers and firefighters striking within the
last week, it has got people
debating whether it is right
to take such action.
Firefighters have been
protesting over proposed
pension changes and teachers have been striking over
pay, pensions and working
■ Children and staff of
Strathmore Pre-School host a
coffee morning for Macmillan
conditions. While it is easy
to be sympathetic with their
plight, it is difficult to justify
a deliberate reduction to a
life-saving service. It is even
more difficult to justify a
teacher’s absence from school
when a child’s absence can
result in a fine or even prosecution for the parent.
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Fundraiser is a piece of cake
Thousands of pounds have been raised to
support cancer sufferers as part of the
World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
The annual event by Macmillan Cancer
Support was held on Friday as work
colleagues, schools and friends across
Comet country joined in for the cause.
More than £1,000 was raised from coffee
and cake sales at the Stevenage Town
Centre Management Company’s event in
Town Square, attended by Stevenage
mayor and mayoress Jack and Margaret
Pickersgill, as well as Stevenage MP
Stephen McPartland.
Employees at Stevenage Borough
Council’s offices in Danestrete sold a trolley full of cakes and raised £375.
Elsewhere in Stevenage, roller skating
group Full Metal Roller Derby hosted an
event at the TNT Skate shop in Park Place
and raised £310, while the Richmond
Housing Group on Argyle Way invited
customers to its offices for hot drinks and
cake and raised more than £1,000 for the
Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre.
Shades Hair Studio at The Hyde went
one step further with a charity waxing in
aid of Macmillan, raising just over £400.
In Hitchin, parents and staff from
Strathmore Infant and Nursery School
and Strathmore Pre-School came together
for a coffee morning and were able to
donate £302 to Macmillan, while students
and teachers at The Knights Templar
School in Baldock also got in the act.
About 850 cakes and flapjacks made in
food technology lessons by students went
on sale, raising £830.
“Assistant headteacher Sara Levesley
said: “There was a lovely village fete
atmosphere, as students and staff stood
around together enjoying their break.”
Pubs also played their part, with The
George IV in Baldock collecting more
than £200 for the cause and The Three
Horseshoes in Willian raising £360.
Further afield, Hertfordshire County
Council and maintenance contractor
Ringway came together for a bake off at
County Hall in Hertford, with £400
donated to the Lister Macmillan Cancer
Centre, which is set to be built at Lister
Hospital in Stevenage.
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■ Stevenage town centre manager Tracey
Parry (second from left) with mayor and
mayoress Jack and Margaret Pickersgill and
Macmillan volunteers in the Town Square
■ Skating group Full Metal Roller Derby
held a coffee morning at sponsored shop
TNT Skate in Stevenage
■ MP Stephen McPartland and Richmond
House Group managing director Paul
Beasley present Herts fundraising manager
Kerry Briars with a cheque for money raised
from their Macmillan coffee morning
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❱❱❱ This week we brought you the
news that a house fire in Baldock
is officially being treated as arson.
Firefighters confirmed the blaze
at Kingswood Bury Cottages on
Clothall Road is believed to be
deliberate on Tuesday. Police are
currently investigating. Anyone
with information is advised to call
the non-emergency police number
101. We also brought our online
readers the news of an overturned
car in Rectory Lane, Stevenage, in
which a 42-year-old woman was cut
free by firefighters and paramedics.
The woman was taken to hospital
with minor injuries.
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