An optical team in Bletchley have swapped their ophthalmoscopes for coffee mugs and cakes to support Macmillan Cancer Research.

Selling cakes

Staff from Specsavers, located at 110 Queens Way, spent a morning selling cakes and hot beverages to customers and passers-by in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research’s Coffee Morning. The store were able to raise £160 which will will be donated to support the lives of the two million people living with cancer in the UK today.

Ekta Kotecha, store director of Specsavers in Bletchley, says: ‘We all love a cup of coffee here at Specsavers in Bletchley so I can’t think of a better way to fundraise than with some coffee and cake. We were overwhelmed by the level of support shown by the visitors to the store and it was a lovely opportunity to share a cuppa with our customers and local residents while supporting an incredible cause.’

The face of this year’s TV advertisement for the Macmillan coffee morning is Julia who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in November 1999 and given only a 5 per cent chance of survival.

Chemotherapy recovering

Julia spent the next five years undergoing treatment including intense chemotherapy and was fortunate enough to have her chemotherapy in a Macmillan suite at her local hospital with a Macmillan nurse to oversee her intensive chemotherapy. Since receiving the all clear she’s turned her hand to organising coffee mornings and has raised over £14,000 for people living with cancer.

National charity

Macmillan Cancer Research is a national charity committed to improving the quality of life for all people affected by cancer. Macmillan’s coffee morning is the charities biggest fundraising event and in 2013 they were able to raise £20 million, with a record 154,000 people signed up.

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