Wrexham AFC’s first-team players and coaching staff were in attendance as the club raised more than £100 for its MacMillan Coffee Morning.
Part of the charity’s annual nationwide event, cakes, tea and coffee were on sale in the Centenary Club, with both the football club and Stiwdio Penycae raising money for MacMillan.
Combined, the two collections raised more than £250 for the charity, with interim first-team manager Brian Flynn, captain Shaun Pearson and National Assembly for Wales Member Lesley Griffiths among those in attendance.
Pupils from the Wrexham Pupil Referral Service at Stiwdio Penycae helped bake and serve cakes for the event.
And defender James Jennings explained the charity is one he and his family always look to support.
He said: “It’s a brilliant contribution from the club, getting people together for a great cause. MacMillan is a close charity to myself and my family – we’ve always donated and raised money from events in the past. It’s great the club can do these things, putting these events on and getting people involved.
“The club and players have a responsibility [to the community] and something to offer back. Wrexham’s always been a great community and has great people around it.
“We’ve lost a few members of our family to cancer, so we’ve had personal experience with MacMillan. My brother and I did the National Three Peaks in 24 hours for MacMillan nine years ago and raised about £3,000 and these sort of events are brilliant – my next door neighbour’s put one as well, a little afternoon cake session – with donations towards a good cause.
“It goes towards helping and benefitting the people who need it and I want to personally thank everyone involved in organising today’s event.”
Lesley Griffiths AM added: “The club has always been a big part of the community. It’s really good to have the MacMillan Coffee Morning here – I’ve been to a few now and it’s always good.
“It’s great to see the players all supporting it too – though I hope they don’t eat too many of the cakes before tomorrow!
“I think there is probably no family in Wrexham not touched by cancer and I know MacMillan as a charity are greatly appreciated by the constituents here.”
Pupils from Stiwdio Penycae were able to meet the Wrexham players, having spent the previous day baking cakes for the Coffee Morning.
And staff member Cerys Walker said: “It’s fantastic. It’s massive for our kids to actually come here – they have made cakes in school and we are a behavioural unit so for them to have the chance to come to the club, to sell the cakes and to help the charity, it’s immense.
“Their faces when they saw the players… they were absolutely over the moon. They were really, really happy to be here.”
The event is part of the wider MacMillan Coffee Morning, which have raised more than £200 million since they were first launched in 1990.
Last year, MacMillan Cancer Support raised £26,914,382 from the event, and aim to improve on that further this year.
WST Board Member Stephen Lloyd added: “Cancer touches a lot of people unfortunately so to put on an event like this, and to have the support of the staff and the players for such a great cause, is fantastic. It’s been a really nice event.
“The school have been absolutely fantastic. I can’t thank the Stiwdio Penycae guys enough for it. The amount of cakes they have made, and the amount of effort and hard work they have put in, to see them interacting with everybody that has come along has been absolutely fantastic.
“We are such a big player within this community at Wrexham and we want to try and get out that message that everybody is welcome.
“It’s a massive part of this area and it helps to bring everyone together – mornings like this are a lot of what this club should be about. We’re a community-based club, a community-owned club and this is what we do.”
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