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Eastenders star launches Macmillan coffee morning in memory of former Romford bus driver

PUBLISHED: 13:15 03 October 2018

Eastenders actress Lucy Benjamin with other members of the public who took part in the Macmillan coffee morning in Romford market.

Eastenders actress Lucy Benjamin with other members of the public who took part in the Macmillan coffee morning in Romford market.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Lucy Benjamin was in Romford Market on Friday for the Macmillan coffee morning.

Eastenders actress Lucy Benjamin at the Macmillan coffee morning in Romford market.Eastenders actress Lucy Benjamin at the Macmillan coffee morning in Romford market.

Former EastEnders and I’m a Celebrity star Lucy Benjamin was on hand to launch the Macmillan coffee morning in Romford Market that raised more than £470 for charity.

The actress cut the ribbon on the fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support, hosted by London bus operator Stagecoach, on-board their eye-catching Macmillan double-decker bus.

Lucy, who lives in Gidea Park, said: “We have all been touched by cancer in some shape or form.

“My Dad passed away very quickly and since then I have become more aware of the amazing help Macmillan give – their support is invaluable and we need to do everything we can to help Macmillan, so they can continue to be there for people affected by cancer.

Eastenders actress Lucy Benjamin (right) with Brian Henderson (left).Eastenders actress Lucy Benjamin (right) with Brian Henderson (left).

“Around 90 people are diagnosed with cancer in London every day, so it was wonderful to take part in such a fun and friendly fundraising event, while also making a real difference to the lives of cancer patients and their loved ones.”

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

The working bus, which is branded in Macmillan’s famous green and features inspiring tributes to Martyn both outside and in, serves route 86 between Romford and Stratford.

Martyn was based at the Romford garage for much of his working life.

Eastenders actress Lucy Benjamin cutting the ribbon at the Macmillan coffee morning in Romford market.Eastenders actress Lucy Benjamin cutting the ribbon at the Macmillan coffee morning in Romford market.

Martyn’s brother Brian was also at the coffee morning and said: “It’s wonderful to see how well received the bus named in my brother’s honour has been.

“Martyn would get a real kick out of seeing so many passengers enjoying a cuppa and a slice of cake on-board for a cause he cared about. My brother was a keen supporter of Macmillan, who helped him at a tough time during his life, so I know Martyn would be delighted to see everyone come together and show their support for people living with cancer.”

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.”

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