Published: 05/10/2017 13:30 - Updated: 05/10/2017 13:22

Star bakers raise a cup for charity

Written byNicole Webber


Leigh Mitchell
Leigh Mitchell (second right) at his restaurant's Macmillan coffee morning.

CUPS of kindness and tasty treats were in abundance in Inverness for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

Among those raising funds for Macmillan was restaurant-owner and cancer patient Leigh Mitchell (28).

Alongside his family he hosted a coffee morning in the Riverside Restaurant on Bank Street.

Organised by his sister and co-owner Jo Mitchell (30) – the duo managed to raise more than £1100 for charity.

"I am overwhelmed by the support from everyone but this is typical Inverness," Mr Mitchell said.

"It makes me so happy and gives me a whole new enthusiasm.

"The Riverside Restaurant is like a second home to me – it is a big part of my life and I love seeing it so busy for such a good cause."

He is now half-way through his treatment for non-Hodgkins Lymphoma after undergoing his third session of chemotherapy.

Regardless of ill-health Mr Mitchell and his family have also been raising funds for the oncology department in Raigmore Hospital.

He was on hand during the coffee morning to make bacon rolls, soup and sandwiches, and spent the evening before baking.

Miss Mitchell decided to organise the event as a way of giving back to the community.

"It was just phenomenal," she said.

"We were running out of tea and coffee cups at some points – it was so busy."

The Free Church of Scotland on Bank Street also donated £120 from their coffee morning to the family.

Across the city pupils at Merkinch Primary School impressed their teachers by arranging their own bake sale to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Michael Latif (11) wrote a letter to his school after he watched an advert for Macmillan on the television at home.

"My mum and I had a chat about it, she told me what Macmillan do to help people and why they do it.

"They are a cancer support charity and that is important. They help people a lot and deserve help from us."

His friends helped him to write letters to his teachers and the P7 class at Merkinch managed to successfully organise the event themselves.

Head teacher at Merkinch Primary School, Jillian Kean, was incredibly proud of her pupils.

"I thought it was a fabulous idea and exactly what we want to see from our marvellous Merkinchers," she said.

"Michael really embodies this."

Highland Home Help donated £100 to the pupils, taking their total to £430.

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