Hot drinks raise thousands for cancer charity at Hampstead school coffee morning

University College School boys at the world's biggest coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan Ca

University College School boys at the world's biggest coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, organised by the Senior School Parents' Guild. Picture: Nigel Sutton - Credit: Nigel Sutton

The most successful school fundraising event in London has done it once again this year, raising a huge £2,200 for a cancer charity with two coffee mornings.

The junior and senior branch of Hampstead’s independent University College School (UCS) both threw coffee mornings that drew in hundreds of people to buy cakes, doughnuts, toys and hot drinks on Friday.

Mums and dads of pupils enrolled at UCS are old hands at putting on the events, having run coffee mornings as part of each school’s parents’ guild in support of Macmillan Cancer Support for more than five years.

Chairwoman of the Senior School Parents’ Guild, Tania Levenfiche, said: “It went very well and parents are going to make up the total to £2,500 with donations.

“We were told last year that we were the highest fundraising school in London and this year, we have met our target but we’re not sure if we’re the highest again this year.”

The junior school’s fair, held at the branch’s site in Holly Hill, featured a selection of homemade cakes, fudge, toys to be bought with pocket money and hot drinks donated by Starbucks in Hampstead High Street.

Parents of senior school children held theirs in Costa Coffee within the Sir Roger Bannister Sports Centre in Frognal, with the shop donating hot drinks and cakes for the cause.

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Around 400 schoolboys couldn’t resist picking up a Krispy Kreme doughnut from the senior school’s event from 8.30am and after the junior school’s fair finished at 11.15am, parents took leftover cakes to boys playing in a rugby tournament in West Hampstead.

Mrs Levenfiche, 46, of Wildwood Road, Hampstead Garden Surburb, said: “Cancer affects so many people and that’s why I think we’ve had such great support for these events.

“It’s so important to support Macmillan.”

The Senior School Parents’ Guild also runs a fireworks night in November where 900 people turn up to view the spectacular lights and a quiz in March, with proceeds from both events going to charity.