A COFFEE morning - with a special celebrity guest - raised more than £3,500 in memory of a Chard dad earlier this month.

Rah Warren and her family organised the event at the Guildhall in Chard on September 11 in memory of her dad, Guy Warren.

And Doc Martin star Martin Clunes popped along for coffee and cake.

Guy sadly passed away in 2009 at just 49-years-old, just 19 days after he was diagnosed with cancer.

The coffee morning was held to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, who were ‘incredible’ when providing care and attention to Guy after he was diagnosed.

Rah said the coffee morning was ‘very successful’.

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“We were so grateful to see so many friendly faces supporting us, in memory of my dad,” she said.

“It was lovely to see the Guildhall full of people, enjoying tea and cake and catching up with family and friends.

“Macmillan are an incredible charity, who supported us as a family in a desperate time of need.

“Although this deeply saddens us, we are grateful that we were able to unite together, and bring a sense of good to the world, to help Macmillan to carry on their incredible work and support others.

“Our aim for our coffee mornings was to pay back Macmillan, and thank them, for the support they provided dad, and us as a family, in his last 19 days after his diagnosis.

“With such success, I have no doubt that dad was looking down on us.

“Our dad was, and still is, the centre of our world, and I hope we have made him proud.”

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Mr Clunes attended as well to help support the coffee morning.

“We were honoured to have Martin Clunes attend our event, and support our fundraiser,” added Rah.

“Martin took the time to understand our personal reasons for holding our coffee morning.

"We are extremely appreciative of his kindness, and generosity of his time.”

Later this year, the Warren family are hoping to hold a bingo night in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

They will release more details about this at a later date.