STUDENTS from local schools have been raising money for Macmillan Cancer Care as part of its annual World Greatest Coffee Morning.

Sixth formers at Parkside School in Cullingworth managed to raise £331 for the charity with their efforts.

Staff member Philip Logan, who organised the event, said: “Students in Years 12 and 13 wore items of green clothing to school, in the charity’s chosen colour.

“They baked, bought or provided cakes, buns and biscuits, which they sold to staff and students all around school.”

Kildwick Primary School’s planned year of fundraising got off to a flying start as they took part in the World’s Greatest Coffee Morning.

Children and parents provided cakes, buns and biscuits, and parents were invited to attend on Friday morning, the actual date of the national event.

School head Tim Whitehead said: “Thanks must go to the parents and children for all their donations of cakes and money.

“We managed to raise £190. This will go towards providing vital treatment and support for those suffering from cancer’.”

Keighley Playhouse members adopted a 1940s theme for their World’s Greatest Coffee Morning at their Devonshire Street theatre.

The actors and backstage crew donned period costume to give a flavour of the Home Front, raising £1301 for Macmillan..

Organisers planned 1940s music from Airedale Swing Dance Community as well as tea, coffee, cake, a raffle, silent auction and tombola.

There are several games including ‘how many buttons in the jar’ and guess the name of the teddy along with hampers and homemade jam, in return for a donation.

Macmillan held its first-ever coffee morning in 1990, with guests asked together over a coffee for a chat and donate the cost of their cuppa to the charity.

The event went national the year later, and has since raised £200 million – £27 million last year alone.