New friendships forged at Sidmouth funeral firm’s Macmillan coffee morning

New friendships were forged when a Sidmouth funeral director held an all-day coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The team at AJ Wakely & Sons, in Temple Street, hosted yesterday’s event (Tuesday) to raise awareness and funds for a cause close to many of the families it helps.

Cake was eaten, stories shared and phone numbers swapped as guests and passers-by showed their support for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.

Carole Searle, from the firm’s Axminster office, and Frances Apolon, from the Lyme Regis branch, joined the Sidmouth team to host the event.

Martin Bennett, pallbearer based at Sidmouth, drove and dropped off any guests who were without transport.

Cakes were donated by those unable to attend.

Poetry was left for guests to read, written by a pensioner passer-by who spotted the coffee morning poster in the firm’s window.

Andrea Harvey, funeral director with Northcott Brothers, said: “People have come and forged friendships.

“Two women who were recently widowed and who didn’t know each other have gone out with each other’s phone numbers.”

Frances Absolon, from the Lyme Regis office, said: “We get to hear about the great work of Macmillan Cancer Support from families when someone has passed on.”

Macmillan Cancer Support offers emotional, physical and financial support to anyone with cancer, from diagnosis and through treatment.


Coffee morning hosts: (left to right) Andrea Harvey, Carole Searle, Martin Bennett and Frances Apolon.
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A coffee morning poem was left for guests by a pensioner in his 80s, known only as Doug.
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