A cancer survivor is hoping an organised coffee morning could raise thousands of pounds in support of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Carolyn Bowmaster, landlady at the Loders Arms pub in the village of Loders, was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. Now in remission following treatment, she wanted to give something back to those she credits with being one of the main reasons she is still alive to tell the tale.
The event, which will be held in the pub, will take place on September 26 from 10am onwards and begin with a coffee morning, concluding in a live music performance and raffle in the evening.
“Macmillan gave me a sense of well-being, it was a very scary time, but they were so sweet and caring," she said.
"I would like to get over 50 people for the coffee morning and we have had a few donations from the local community so far and would like to raise a couple of thousand pounds if possible. Palmers (brewery) have already donated £100 and two tickets for a brewery tour."
Now full-time tenants of the pub, Carolyn and her husband Kevin said they were looking forward to engaging with the local community and moving on from memories of a spate of robberies which occurred this summer. Recent upgrades to security including high tech alarms systems and camera's were necessary to make the pub secure, they said.
“We're here for the long term,” she added.
Last year 154,000 people nationwide signed up to Macmillan's coffee morning programme, raising a total of £20m.