Three generations of one family at the Macmillan coffee event at Bonners Primary School, Maresfield. They are happy grandmother Toni Birkbeck, her daughter Katie, and newborn grandson Max.

Happy Toni cuddles newborn grandson at Bonners Macmillan event

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 Birkbeck with grandson Max. “Being a grandmother is the best feeling in the world,” she says.

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.


Sapphire Packham with her grandmother Lynn Packham at the Bonners Macmillan event in 2017. With them is Charlotte Vickery.

Proud grandmother Lynn Packham with four-day-old Sapphire.

Four-day-old Sapphire with her grandmother Lynn Packham pictured at the Bonners Macmillan event in 2014.

Among the guests was Maureen Macve, who only this morning was helping out at a Macmillan coffee morning at Pizza Express in Uckfield.


Maureen Macve, right, with some of the helpers at the Macmillan event at Bonners Primary School this afternoon.

Others enjoying the feast laid out for them were schoolchildren and their parents.


Plenty of cakes ready to be eaten at Bonners Primary School this afternoon.


Some of the team in charge of drinks at the Bonners Macmillan fund-raising event.


The Bonners event was the ideal time to catch up with friends.


Children enjoyed the cakes too.


Mum and daughter enjoying the Macmillan coffee afternoon at Bonners.


Another proud grandmother at the Bonners coffee afternoon.

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