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TWO mugs met at a family-run coffee shop ahead of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

The mascots were at Coffee Cup in Southsea to advertise its participation in the event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday.

Owners Steve and Debbie Parsons and manager Adam Parsons said they were really keen to get involved.

Steve said: ‘The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning was the perfect event for us to get involved in and we would love to see lots of people supporting the event in whatever way they can.

‘Having the mugs together helped us get excited for the day of fundraising across our three Coffee Cups in Southsea and Portsmouth.

‘We also found that our support for Macmillan struck a chord with customers because so many people know someone who has had cancer.’

Macmillan hopes to generate £8.5m across the UK from this year’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and aims to raise £225,000 of that in Hampshire.

It expects 10,000 people in the county will take part.

Debbie added: ‘There will be several different ways to join in on the day at our shop in Clarence Pier, or our kiosks at Eastney Esplanade and Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square.’

The charity gave 41 people in the Portsmouth area grants last year totalling £13,126.

Grants issued were for costs including heating bills, clothing and other essential items.

Macmillan’s fundraising manager in Hampshire Lisa Murphy said: ‘We’re really grateful to Coffee Cup who have signed up and we hope even more local people will get involved and show their support for Macmillan.’