A COFFEE morning with a difference has been held for the 13th consecutive year in aid of charity.
Margaret Dingle, 80, has held her Open House event each year since 2001 in gratitude for the support she received when recovering from cancer.
The 12-hour event runs each year on a Saturday in June in Mrs Dingle’s Hawarden home and garden with the help of friends and husband Ian.
During the day Mrs Dingle’s bungalow is transformed into a hive of activity. She bakes cakes, serves tea and coffee and entertains hundreds of people
Proceeds, some match-funded by the Mold branch of Barclays Bank, have been donated to Wrexham Maelor Hospital’s Shooting Star Appeal and Nightingale House Hospice in Wrexham.
Over the years £15,000 has been raised. Last year the total was £3,200 and a similar amount is expected to have been raised this year.
Mrs Dingle said despite last Saturday’s heavy rain, the day was “absolutely wonderful”.
“I didn’t really think we’d have many people but we had a bumper day,” she said.
Mrs Dingle received an award from Hawarden community council, having been nominated by Hawarden WI for her charity work.
As well as her fundraising activities, she is a founder member of the Drew Singers which entertains church groups, other WIs and pensioners.
WI president Helen Marsh described Mrs Dingle as “an inspiration to us all”.