Sunshine, coffee, and community spirit at Uphay Farm fundraiser

The sun shone on the collective effort of a community to raise funds to help cancer patients in East Devon.

The charity coffee morning was held at Uphay Farm on Friday, June 14 by Nicola Cunningham and organised to raise funds for Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support, a charity dedicated to providing services and support to those affected by cancer.

The morning was blessed with sunny weather, allowing guests to enjoy the garden setting and the views across the Devon countryside. Attendees were treated to an array of homemade cakes, brewed tea and coffee, as well as a chance to mingle and connect with friends and neighbours, all while supporting the cause.

Nicola said: "It was wonderful to see so many people come together to support Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support," she said. "The atmosphere was fantastic, and I’m truly grateful for everyone's contributions.”

Nicola added: "The success of this coffee morning shows how much we can achieve within our community when we come together."

A total of £1,140.70 was raised during the event. These funds will go directly to Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support, aiding their mission to provide emotional, practical support and assistance to cancer patients and their families in the East Devon and West Dorset area.

Mary Kahn, founder of the charity, said: “We appreciate Nicola hosting and raising this fantastic amount of money for us.

“Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support plays a crucial role in the community, offering various services. These include creative activities, holistic therapies, relevant diet and lifestyle information, and different exercise classes, all for anyone affected by cancer.

“We offer mutual support, helping people cope with the fear, anxiety, isolation, or stress that cancer can bring by providing a chance to unwind over a cup of tea. Clients can also book our Beach Hut in Lyme Regis to enjoy a refreshing day by the sea. Including counselling, support groups, and transportation for medical appointments. The charity relies heavily on donations and fundraising events like this to continue their valuable work.”

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