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Coffee morning raises £400 for charity

Tuesday 12th June 2012

An annual coffee morning event held in May has broken its own record by raising over £400 for charity. The coffee morning was held in Lostwithiel and money was raised by selling teas and coffees, cakes, a raffle and bric-a-brac stall.

Christine Jones of Lostwithiel has been holding coffee mornings for the last few years to raise money for charities abroad. She is assisted each year by a group of ladies who help bake cakes and serve them.

In 2011 the coffee morning raised over £300, and Chris took the money to India where her son Nick was volunteering on projects. He used the money to buy basic toys and school equipment which he delivered to children living near Simla in India. Money was also donated to projects in Moldova which Chris had visited in a previous year.

The money for India was divided between an Ashram and a Special Needs School near Simla. The Ashram is a place where girls stay when they are unable to live with their families. The accommodation is very simple and basic. The girls had requested Cindy dolls so that's exactly what they got! The Special Needs School had very little equipment, so the money raised was used to buy toys and games such as skipping ropes, bats, balls and jigsaws.

The money for Moldova was spent on basic necessities for children and older people: food parcels, baby clothes, stationery, newspapers and magazines. Chris sent parcels and money to projects that she visited in previous years, which educates and provides for children and looks after invalids and the elderly.

This year's money will be sent to similar projects for the needy in Moldova and children in India, through the Esther Benhamins Trust.

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