Residents at Rugby’s newest neighbourhood, Houlton, joined forces on Friday to raise over £500 for Macmillan Cancer Support, as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
Organised by local resident Hayley Timms, over 120 members of the growing community came together to enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of something sweet while helping to raise vital funds for the charity.
Held at the development’s community centre The Barn, friends, families and neighbours dusted off their aprons to create an impressive array of sweet treats, bakes and cakes for the cause, including flapjacks, muffins and cupcakes, cookies, carrot cake and much more.
The team from Houlton’s master developer, Urban&Civic, also contributed a tempting selection of cupcakes and fairy cakes. Pupils from the neighbourhood’s first primary school, St Gabriels CofE Academy and Houlton Rainbows, girl guiding group, also joined the event.
Houlton’s impressive fundraising total will go towards Macmillan Cancer Support’s overall figure, which last year reached over £26 million, to help people living with cancer in the UK.
Johanne Thomas, Communities and Partnerships for Urban&Civic said: “It was great to see so many residents, pupils and the wider community for Houlton’s first Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday. Urban&Civic is dedicated to delivering strong social infrastructure as well as high quality homes, schools, roads and green spaces. It is the strong sense of community and unique way of life we are building at Houlton that makes it such a fantastic place to live.
“The event proved to be a huge success, bringing local people of all ages together to get to know one another, while supporting a very worthy cause,” she added.
Hayley Timms event organiser, commented: “From residents baking and buying cakes to local businesses offering raffle prizes, there really was so much kindness and support from everyone on the day. The children from St Gabriel’s school got involved with the event and we were just so thrilled we could raise such an impressive total. With so much interest and generosity from the local community we have already started talking about making next year’s event even bigger and better”
Once complete, Houlton will feature 6,200 new homes, 3 primary schools and a secondary school, a nursery, a GP health centre, convenience store and extensive walkways, cycleways and green spaces. The development is a joint venture between master developers Urban&Civic and Aviva Investors.