30 September 2013

Gordon Brown supports Macmillan Coffee Morning with Newcross

Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP Gordon Brown joined forces with Newcross Healthcare Solutions and Dunnikier Primary School recently, to support Macmillan Cancer Support by raising money for the 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning'. Coffee and cake were on hand as the former Prime Minister met the winners of the 'Newcross Macmillan Masterclass', amongst a host of other activities throughout the morning.

The inaugural Macmillan Masterclass saw Newcross, a national healthcare employer and provider of homecare services, offer the Primary 2 class of local school Dunnikier Primary the chance to meet Gordon Brown, as well as the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes. Students were asked to paint pictures of a Macmillan Coffee Morning, with 29 works of art entered into a competition to pick the most creative picture.

The budding artist's efforts were judged by a panel of residents from Methven House Nursing Home, as well as a service user of Newcross' homecare division. The competition was tough, but eventually the panel judged the wonderful paintings of Courtney Harley, Caleigh McQuade and Beth Aitken as worthy winners.

The lucky trio and the judging panel were invited to Newcross' Kirkcaldy office in Carlyle House, where Mr Brown arrived to present the winners with their certificates and prizes.

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Gordon Brown with Hazel Mitchell (far right) and the winners of the Macmillan Masterclass.

With Mr Brown's support, the event was such a success that Newcross and Dunnikier Primary School have pledged to expand the competition on a grand scale next year. The team raised an incredible amount of money for this worthy cause, and brought parts of the community together under one roof in the process.

Hazel Mitchell, Registered Manager of the Kirkcaldy branch said "We were delighted to have Gordon Brown support our event with Dunnikier Primary School. Everyone involved had a wonderful time, and it was lovely to see such a range in our local community coming together to raise money for this fantastic cause".

Mr Brown said "I would like to thank Newcross Healthcare in Kirkcaldy for their work within the community. This was judged not only on artistic ability but on the messages that the pupils conveyed and I would like to thank the pupils from Dunnikier Primary School for their initiative and for raising awareness of such an important issue. I would also like to thank the individuals from Methven House and Newcross Homecare for judging this worthwhile competition."