A COFFEE morning – without any coffee – was held by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alloa over the weekend, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The unique event did not offer the usual caffeinated hot drinks, in keeping with the religious practices of the congregation which forbids members consuming tea or coffee.

Penny Casey, 57, a church member who helped organise the event on Saturday, October 20, said: "Macmillan hold coffee mornings but because of part of our religious practices we don't drink tea or coffee, so we held a 'no coffee' morning.

"Instead we just served people copious amounts of hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream.

"It went really well, there was a good number of people who came along and there was a huge amount of baked goods donated by members of the congregation."

There were also prizes available on the day for the star baker, and a pin the cherry on the cake and a guess the weight of the cake competition.

In total, the church managed to raise £270, all of which was donated to Macmillan.

Penny added: "It was the first time that we have done something like this but it's something that we hope to do again.

"We would love for more members of the community to attend it next time.

"We are a church congregation and we visit and meet each week, but we're keen to build a relationship with the community and our doors are always open to anyone."