HOT drinks and cakes were the perfect treat at an Alloa salon’s charity coffee morning on a cold Monday this week.

Coco Creative on Mill Street put the event on in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support with customers, friends and staff enjoying coffees, teas and a variety of cakes to raise much needed funds for the cause.

It is a organisation close to the heart of salon owner Katherine Nelson, who explained Macmillan had helped a close friend of hers through years of cancer treatment.

And while she got the all clear now, Katherine felt it was high time her business did its bit in making sure vital support for cancer patients continues for years to come.

She said: “They [Macmillan] were a massive help for her, she couldn’t work, she couldn’t really speak because of the throat cancer.”

It is often said that sooner or later, everyone’s life is touched by cancer in some way or another, and Katherine could not agree more.

She added: “Well that’s it, it’s getting too common now. Every second person knows someone who has had cancer.

“It’s not an easy thing to deal with.”

While the morning was dedicated to warm drinks, sweet treats, friendly chats and companionship, the afternoon saw brave souls take on the Macmillan staple head shave and leg wax.

John Marshall, Katherine's fiancé, was happy to take both on while Grant Smith subjected himself to the painful method of hair removal.

The salon’s Fiona McLellan helped Katherine put the event on, which also included a charity raffle with thanks to customers and the Royal Oak who donated prizes.