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Community | 2nd October 2021

Macmillan morning at Gilnockie a towering success

Charity event in memory of Lucy attracts a great turnout for worthy cause


GILNOCKIE Tower hosted a Macmillan coffee to rival all other coffee mornings last Friday.

From banoffee tarts to lemon drizzle cakes, and walnut cake to a variety of different scones, the conversation flowed between visitors happy to savour each other’s company.

Organised by Patricia Cattermole who has been in remission from breast cancer for a few years, the event saw a good turnout from friends, family, and more from further afield.

It was put on in memory of Lucy Nicholson who passed away following breast cancer.

Patricia said everyone had told her how much of a good time they were having.

“There’s been so many people coming, we were meant to begin at 9.30am, but there were already people here earlier than that,” she said.

“It’s lovely to see everyone and have a good blather and this is why everyone comes – I haven’t seen some people for a while, especially with the pandemic so it’s been nice.

“I think Lucy would be proud and there’s been so much money raised for a worthy cause in Macmillan cancer support, it means a lot to me and them.”

It was the second Macmillan coffee morning that Patricia had organised at the Gilnockie Tower, with the first put on in 2019 with Lucy.

Lucy’s husband Craig Nicholson also came to show his support for Patricia on the morning.

“She’s done a brilliant job, my wife and her have been on a similar journey having cancer and they were always there for each other and I want to do the same,” he said.

“I’m so pleased by the turnout and I really think Lucy would be proud.”

The event raised £1,373.68 in total, almost double what was raised two years ago, and more donations are still expected.

One of those enjoying the morning’s natter was Emma Lane, a friend of Lucy’s

“Lucy would have loved today, everyone has been having a good time and catching up on as normal a day as it has been in a while,” she said.

“Cancer affects so many people and to help fundraise is so important to help those that are going through it.”

Patricia said she felt she may not be able to put the event on next year, and was hopeful that somebody would take it on in her stead.

She thanked the staff at the Gilnockie Tower for helping to put the event on and provide catering assistance, as well as all those who donated cakes and the assortment of coffee morning essentials.

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