This morning was our coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan cancer support.
Our day started 3 weeks ago with a planning meeting, sounds official but it was actually held on our terrace in full sun and sipping cold drinks!!
From there was the preparation, collecting donations for the raffle and shopping. Now, you may think shopping is the easy part, however, to bake English cakes in Spain can be difficult. There are a lot of baking items that can be bought locally, but, we live in rural Spain, where golden syrup, caster and soft brown sugar, vanilla extract and puff pastry are almost unheard of. In an area famed for its almond trees it’s even difficult to find almond essence!! So shopping included a 4 hour round trip to the coast to pick up ingredients in the numerous English shops down there (Oh! OK, the trip included a day on the beach as well…… it has to be done!!)
Last weekend was used to sort a quiz, raffle prizes, prizes for the games, posters and auction items and then, yesterday, the baking began in earnest.
Today started with an early morning alarm call, cars loaded and the drive to Café bar Emilio’s who allowed us to use one of his rooms. Set up began with balloon blowing, table laying, and posters up followed by a well-earned café con leche.
We opened at 11.00 and within minutes the sale of cakes was booming. We also held a quiz, a raffle, guess the weight of the cake, table games and an auction, which together raised 323 euros.
So many people donated raffle prizes, auction items, cakes, some people bought enough cakes to cause a 24 hour sugar rush and everyone entered into the spirit of the games, quiz and auction. All gave their time and their money.
OUR MANY OTHER SUPPORTERS
It was a great fun morning and, for a small ex pat community here in rural Spain, a great result.
Our many thanks go to everyone who took the time to support this very worthy cause.