ON every other day of the year businesswoman Chris Caton is more likely to be asked for a cello than a coffee at the Music Corner, in Stalybridge.
But for the past 10 years Chris has taken part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s annual ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’.
So on September 28, she offered customers and visitors tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits to raise funds for the leading cancer charity.
And joining customers at the Melbourne Street shop was Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds, who was also given a lesson in how to play the ukulele.
Chris – who moved her business to Stalybridge from Ashton six years ago – was inspired to host the fund-raising events, after her grandfather suffered from leukaemia.
She says it was the dedication of the Macmillan nurses that enabled her grandfather to spend his final days comfortably at home. Taking part in the Macmillan’s annual event is her personal way of recognising their support.
Following the event, Mr Reynolds said: "Chris and the team at Music Corner have been taking part in the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ for a number of years – raising hundreds of pounds for the charity.
"I was delighted to support their event this year - where I was also given a fun lesson in how to play the ukulele.
"Macmillan do incredible work and this campaign is a strong example of what we can achieve with small actions if we work together."
Macmillan Cancer Support have been running the event for the past 20 years – and during that time the event has raised more than £60million for their work.
This year Chris is also selling a range of donated musical instruments and sheet music to raise extra money for Macmillan Cancer Support – and will continue to raise additional funds for the charity until the items have been sold.
Published Tuesday 9 October, 2012