Community comes together: School coffee shop raises over £2K to support Macmillan


STUDENTS, parents, and staff at Lathallan School in Johnshaven have raised thousands of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Macmillan Coffee Morning is an annual event that unites people across the UK in support of this worthy cause.

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Lathallan’s eight-hour fundraiser at their on-site Pipers’ Coffee Shop on Friday 29th September was a resounding success. The school community came together to raise over £2,003.76, far surpassing the initial target of £1,000.

Isla Dewar, Relationship Fundraising Area Manager for Scotland North & East at Macmillan Cancer Support, said;

“What a fantastic amount of funding the Lathallan School community have raised for Macmillan. We cannot thank them enough for their continued support in hosting an annual coffee morning.  

The money they have raised will allow us to continue to do whatever it takes to support people living with cancer.  Again, a huge thank you from all of us at Macmillan.” 

Lathallan Headmaster Richard Toley said;

“The whole event showcased the spirit and generosity of our school community. We are delighted to hand over this amount to Macmillan – a charity that means so much to so many families. This is a fundraiser that we run every year and 2023 has raised the bar.

A special thank you goes out to the parents who baked an outstanding array of sweet treats and volunteered their time on the day. Also, we are proud of our pupils from across J1-S6 who took to the stage with a range of performances including vocals, piano, harp, violin, guitar, bagpipes, and more, to ‘busk’ for the cause.

This annual event would simply not be possible without the support and donations from the wider Lathallan community so a heartfelt thank you to all involved.”

Ranjit Fernandez, Head of Business Studies and Computing Science at Lathallan School, said;

“Our pupil-led Pipers’ Coffee Shop is not just a place to grab a coffee; it is a social enterprise that prioritises giving back to the local community and supporting charitable causes. Pipers’ epitomises what our young people are truly capable of. Since its establishment in 2014, Pipers’ has donated over £30k to various charitable organizations, making a significant impact on those in need.”

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