On Friday 29th September we held our 1st coffee morning at the practice in aid of Macmillan Cancer support. It was a nationwide event raising funds so that people with cancer don’t have to face it alone. Unfortunately with 1 in 3 of us experiencing cancer we all know loved ones or even ourselves that have been affected by the disease and Macmillan really does make a difference.
With the team all busy Thursday night baking and some very kind donations from patients we had a fantastic selection of cakes and transformed the reception and waiting area into a tea room for the morning. It was wonderful to chat to patients over a cup of tea and I was truly overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. In just three hours we raised over £200 and I pledged I would match whatever we made so in total we are able to donate over £400 for such a worthy cause. I felt this was a fantastic achievement but on reflection it had an even greater meaning for me.
Having recently lost a dear friend to cancer it made it even more apparent how little time we have on this planet. His favourite saying was ‘we have so much to do and so little time to do it in, you can’t buy it so don’t waste it’ and he lived his life very much by those words. And they are so true. So when I looked around and I saw how every member of the Moreton Dental team had taken their evening to bake a cake, how patients had taken the time to dash in for a quick cuppa and put a donation in the box, even my lovely neighbour who couldn’t make the morning because of work but dropped off cupcakes and a donation the night before, I realised that by everyone doing a little bit, actually a great thing could be accomplished. It also resonated with me my faith in kindness and community. We aren’t islands and a small act of kindness can make such a difference. We have a fantastic sense of community here in Moreton in marsh and we should really cherish it, it made me feel incredibly lucky with where I live and made me even prouder to be able to serve the town and surrounding villages. So let’s keep looking out for each other, let’s keep meeting up for that quick chat and with small steps we can make great differences.
Once again thank you so much to everyone who donated, in just that small act of kindness you contributed to such a bigger act and somewhere someone will have the support they need at a time when they require it most. Well done, I’m incredibly proud and cannot wait to see how we can raise even more next year!