There was a very happy grandmother at a Macmillan coffee event at Bonners Primary School, Maresfield, this afternoon.
Office manager Toni Birkbeck was thrilled to cuddle new-born Max, brought in for the occasion by her daughter Katie Driver.
Max was only born last week and his arrival was very significant for Toni because she found out Katie was pregnant in the same week in January that she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“My massive inspiration was my future grandchild,” said Toni. “Being a grandmother is the best feeling in the world.”
Toni said the annual Macmillan coffee event has always been well received at Bonners school with an amazing response from parents and community. “Maresfield is very supportive,” she added.
Macmillan nurses had supported her through her illness, so she has personal experience of how dedicated they are, and she was pleased the school continued to help the charity with its fund-raising.
On the door at the event was Lynn Packham and pictured with her, and another volunteer Charlotte Vickery, was her granddaughter Sapphire. Sapphire was photographed by Uckfield News at a Bonners coffee event in 2014 when she was just four days old.
You can see how she has grown by comparing the two pictures below.
Among the guests was Maureen Macve, who only this morning was helping out at a Macmillan coffee morning at Pizza Express in Uckfield.
Others enjoying the feast laid out for them were schoolchildren and their parents.