‘Wee Sadie’s Coffee Morning’ raises over £10K
More than £10,000 was raised at a coffee morning held in The House in the Wells last week, as family, friends and colleagues of the late Sadie Callan came together to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The event was attended by Mayor of Derry City & Strabane, Cllr Patricia Logue, who has been a long-standing supporter of the harm reduction hostel for men, which is owned and managed by Apex Housing Association (Apex).
Sadie Callan worked in The House in the Wells for 13 years, working as Housekeeper and assisting in the hostel’s kitchen. The annual coffee morning, established by Sadie eight years’ ago, was held in her memory following her passing in late September after a sudden period of illness. The 2023 record-breaking amount brings Sadie’s fundraising total over the last eight years to a staggering £60,605 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Andy Bonner, Manager of The House in the Wells, commented:
Sadie’s passing has left a great void and sense of loss to her family, everyone in the hostel and anyone who knew her. She went through so much hardship in her life, but that just seemed to galvanise her determination to help others. Aside from her work in the hostel and in support of Macmillan, she did so much for her community.
Sadie always shunned praise and adulation, but her smile showed how happy she was when her fundraising efforts received good support. I want to thank everyone involved in organising the coffee morning in Sadie’s memory. It gives me hope and shows how much this hostel is supported by its local community. I also want to thank the team here in The House in the Wells who do such great work. I’m very proud of you all.
‘Wee Sadie’s Coffee Morning’, held on Thursday 5 October, was attended by around 150 people and featured music from Christopher Wilson. The fundraising efforts on the day included a bake sale and raffle.