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Blue beard to go in Macmillan fundraiser!

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BEARDEDgrandfather of six, David Dayman-Johns,  is to go clean shaven to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. 

Along with other charities, Macmillan has lost funding this year due to the effects of Covid-19. The charity has also issued guidance about how people can still raise money with their own fundraising coffee morning. David Dayman-Johns works as a piano technician at All Instruments on the Warminster Road, which normally supports the charity’s annual national  coffee morning.  

David said, “This year because of restrictions I was worried that we wouldn’t raise much money with the coffee morning so I grew my beard during lockdown. Also, I lost a very dear friend to cancer last week.“

David is rapidly climbing towards his £200 target on his JustGiving page.

On the page David has thanked people for supporting his fundraising. It also states, “Macmillan Cancer Support is here to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can, providing physical, financial and emotional support. So whatever cancer throws your way, we’re right there with you.”

The link is www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-dayman-johns

Macmillan’s Annual 

Coffee Morning and Covid-19 safety advice

The Macmillan Coffee Morning website features safety guidance on how to attend or host an event with Covid-19 restrictions in place. The link is https:// coffee.macmillan.org.uk/hosting/how-to-host/

Tessa Watson, Wiltshire’s Macmillan regional fundraising manager said, “I want to reassure people that Macmillan takes people’s safety very seriously, which is why we’ve published guidance for hosting and attending a coffee morning on our website. 

“The main thing to remember is to adhere to social distancing guidelines, as well as any rules in place in your local area.” 

The charity has suggested going cashless wherever possible and is issuing QR code stickers with each coffee morning pack, so guests can scan and donate securely online. 

Tessa added, “Nothing stops a coffee morning, and people are really getting behind the Covid-safe ways of hosting. I’ve spoken to people who are offering time slots for attending their coffee morning, afternoon tea boxes, and a stall on their driveway for their street to come and buy items.

 “And of course, there are plenty of virtual events happening, with people baking their own goods, meeting online and donating to Macmillan.”

Julian Backhouse at, Macmillan said, “Cancer is not going anywhere and Macmillan is needed now more than ever. Whether it’s creating new services here in Wiltshire, adapting old ones or speaking up on behalf of people with cancer, we’re working tirelessly to ensure they get the vital support they need right now.

 “But we’re facing a huge drop in income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, even though we rely almost entirely on public donations. Please go to coffee.macmillan.org.uk to sign up and help us continue our work.”

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