People are being invited to dust off their coffee mugs and toast Macmillan Cancer Support as it celebrates 25 years of its fundraising World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
This year Macmillan is hoping that more people than ever will take part to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Friday, September 25 by raising over £25 million for people affected by cancer.
The idea remains as simple today as it was in 1991 when the first official World’s Biggest Coffee Morning took place: get together with friends, colleagues or neighbours to hold a coffee morning and raise money for Macmillan. After all, cake really does taste better together.
A local fundraising committee came up with the idea after it held a coffee morning and donated the proceeds to Macmillan.
They suggested rolling out the idea nationally and the first official event saw 2600 people across the UK host a coffee morning.
Macmillan has revealed a staggering total of £138 million has been raised since 1991. Last September the event raised £25m and organisers are hoping to raise a similar amount this year.
Christina Keith, Macmillan fundraising manager, said: “Last year we raised a record-breaking amount of money from the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and we really hope we can repeat that again this year. I think it’s a mark of how much people love this event that every year it gets bigger and bigger.”
She added: “This event gives them a reason to make time for each other while also doing something really valuable for people with cancer and their families.”
With 2.5 million people currently living with cancer, this year Macmillan needs more people than ever to get involved. Every cup of coffee bought and cake baked at a coffee morning helps Macmillan to continue providing vital services and support.
To get your free coffee morning kit visit www.coffee.macmillan.org.uk or text SEPT to 70550.
We would welcome any photographs of your coffee morning events – please send them to – firstname.lastname@example.org.