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Eastenders star to launch Macmillan coffee morning in Romford

PUBLISHED: 15:30 24 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:30 24 September 2018

Lucy Benjamin, a former Eastenders star will be at Romford Market to launch a Macmillan coffee morning - with a difference. Picture: PA.

Lucy Benjamin, a former Eastenders star will be at Romford Market to launch a Macmillan coffee morning - with a difference. Picture: PA.

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The event will take place outside of Havering Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, RM1 3BD, between 10am and 3pm.

A former Eastenders and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here star will be at Romford Market to launch a Macmillan coffee morning - with a difference.

At 10am on Friday (September 28) London bus operator Stagecoach is inviting the public aboard their one-of-a-kind double-decker bus for a cuppa and some cake, all in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Actress Lucy Benjamin, who is best known for her role as Lucy Fowler in Eastenders, and was a contestant in the jungle in 2009, will be at the opening on Friday.

Inspired by former Romford Stagecoach employee Martyn Henderson, who died from cancer in July 2017, Stagecoach created a bus dedicated to Martyn.

The bus serves route 86 between Romford and Stratford. Martyn was based at Romford Garage for much of his working life.

Carole Heffernan, Macmillan Area Fundraising Manager for London said:“Every day, over 90 people in London hear the devastating news that they have cancer. With this number set to nearly double by 2030, Macmillan’s support and services will be in more demand than ever.

“Coffee Mornings such as the one being held by Stagecoach means that Macmillan can be there for even more Londoners living with cancer – coffee and cake really do change lives!”

Paul Lynch, Regional Director for Stagecoach London commented “We are really proud of our partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and have been arranging fundraising events, as our aim is to raise £50,000 over the next two years. Our employees have shown great commitment and enthusiasm in our bid to reach our target.”

Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning raised £2.1million in London last year. Approximately every £1,000 raised by a Coffee Morning could pay for a Macmillan nurse for a week - helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

The fundraising fun will be taking place at Romford Market, outside the London Borough of Havering Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, RM1 3BD, between 10am and 3:00pm. Or to find a Macmillan Coffee Morning near you, visit: www.coffee.macmillan.org.uk

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