Charlie’s coffee morning a day to remember

Charlie's coffee morning at Duns Parish Church raised money for Macmillan nurses and 'Good to Give'
Charlie's coffee morning at Duns Parish Church raised money for Macmillan nurses and 'Good to Give'

The coffee morning organised by an eight-year-old boy from Duns in aid of cancer victims went off with a bang on Saturday.

Over £1,400 was raised on the day, and contributions have shown no sign of stopping.

Young Charlie Lindsay, of Duns Primary, oversaw the whole thing, from coffee and cake to face painting and even an owl display.

His mum, Ann, said her boy had a hand in every detail.

“We couldn’t do anything without his say-so,” she said, “he was everywhere.

“And when it came to time to count what we’d raised, he was so tired, and he just couldn’t believe it, because he had only been hoping for about £500.”

Charlie was inspired to try his hand at creating the event after seeing a poster for a coffee morning at Duns Parish Church.

And once his mum had explained how coffee mornings worked, Charlie had no doubt that he wanted to help people suffering from cancer.

The profits are going to Macmillan, who helped Ann with her cancer diagnosis, and It’s Good To Give.

“It was just amazing really,” added Ann. “We must have had about 150-200 people come in. I was on the door, and people were just popping in and saying, ‘Here’s something, here’s ten quid’.

“And it hasn’t stopped yet - there are still people who couldn’t get along, telling me they want to donate something.

“We had so many donations ot the raffle that we had to turn it into a tombola!”

Everybody that Charlie knows was roped in to help make the day such a huge success, including a family friend who works with birds of prey. His owls helped make the day extra special.

“We were just blown away,” said Ann. “Charlie turned to me at the end and said ‘I want to say thank you, mum, but I don’t really know who to say it to.’

“So we’d like to take the opportunity now to say a great big thank you to everybody who came along, and everybody who helped. It was an absolutely amazing day.”