Macmillan is a cause close to the heart of north Norfolk pub landlady Sarah Jeans as, when the 42-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2012, the charity stepped in to help.

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“Macmillan nurses were brilliant,” Ms Jeans said. “They gave us fantastic support, both financially and emotionally.”

In spite of taking over the Foundry Arms at Northrepps with her partner Jason Bumphrey and his mother Sandra Wright just five days ago, Ms Jeans, who raised more than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK by taking part in the Race for Life with a group of friends in May, was keen to host a coffee morning.

Her predecessor at the Foundry Arms, Christine Humphrey, who raised £800 by holding a similar event at the pub last year, offered to help, baking cakes and serving up coffee.

Ms Jeans said that, after undergoing chemotherapy, a mastectomy and radiotherapy in the past twelve months, she was ready to take on a new challenge and realise her long-held dream of running her own pub.

She and Mr Bumphrey took over at the Foundry Arms on Monday.

“People say a couple shouldn’t work together,” Ms Jeans said. “But after the awful year we have had, we thought if we could get through that without a cross word, we could do anything.”

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