Wednesday April 18th was a big day for Pat Humphries of Vicars Cross, Chester. Last year, Pat sadly lost her husband Brian to MND. She recently made the decision that she would like to strike back against the disease by raising money to help people in Cheshire who live with MND and help fund vital research.
Supported by Leonie Steventon (fundraising coordinator MNDA Cheshire) and on the day itself by Leonie’s husband Richard and friend Tom Williams, Pat welcomed over 30 people into her home for a very enjoyable morning of coffee, cake and chat.
A mouthwatering selection of homemade cakes and biscuits tempted people to indulge in a little sweet treat or two, to go with a cup of coffee or tea. Using a range of Bakeit materials supplied by MNDA central office, to decorate, enhance and also raise awareness of MND, Pat’s home was transformed into a lovely tea shop! There was even a Bakeit Quiz for visitors to enter with a prize for the winner.
A raffle was also organised with a variety of great prizes including a voucher for Footcare treatment donated by Sara Wyn Roberts of the Chester Foot Clinic, a cut and blowdry donated by The Creative Hair Company, an M & S voucher and a desirable selection of bottles, chocolates, toiletries etc..
All in all, Pat’s coffee morning was hailed a great success by everyone who came. The biggest success of all was the amazing total of almost £450 raised by Pat’s efforts which will help to improve the quality of life for MND sufferers and carers alike.
Said Pat “After my husband passed away last year I wanted to do something to raise awareness of MND and some funds. The amount raised exceeded my expectations and I am very grateful to friends and neighbours who have been so generous with their donations and cake baking skills. I’m also grateful to those who sent donations when they were unable to attend the event.
It was the first time I’d attempted any fundraising for MNDA. I was quite apprehensive about doing it but received lots of offers of help which I gratefully accepted.
I’m now so glad I did it and would recommend anyone in a similar situation to have a go!”