30 September 2011
Barclays stirs up support
Barclays branches across the UK are stirring up support in a variety of ways today (30 September), and inviting their local communities to join them, as part of Macmillan Cancer Support’s 21st World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
Helping to make this year’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning a grandé, Barclays colleagues are mixing up their events; from caffeine fuelled fundraisers, cake sales and face painting to taking over town centres with zumba parties. Barclays staff are really going the extra mile for people affected by cancer with 250 mile cycle challenges and facing their fears through sponsored sky dives. Local MPs are also getting in on the Barclays-action to show their support in their local communities.
It will be baking and banking at all 1,634 Barclays branches across the UK on the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, with staff organising events to help raise money for Macmillan financial grants. Barclays will match money raised through the branch fundraisers, doubling the donations made by employees and customers.
Becky Ellison, from Macmillan Cancer Support says:
‘I’d like to thank everyone at Barclays for supporting the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, having a cup of coffee and a slice of cake will really make a huge difference. All money raised through Barclays will help Macmillan provide financial grants to help people affected by cancer, helping them meet urgent unmet costs which have arisen following diagnosis and treatment.’
Whether it’s a coffee morning at work, an afternoon tea party with the girls or a lively curry night at the rugby club every World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event, no matter how small or large, will help Macmillan make a real difference.
Find out more and register at www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee or call 0845 070 1315 and help Macmillan make it the biggest ever. Follow the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on twitter @macmillancoffee and share your event using the hashtag #coffeemorning (add the beginning of your postcode as a hashtag to be added to the Tweet Map (eg #SE1) or join in at www.facebook.com/macmillancoffee.
For further information about Macmillan please contact
Rachel Martin or Aimee Aldersley on 0207 840 4738/4916
Notes to editors
1. The long-established Macmillan grants programme provides payments to people affected by cancer who are on low incomes and in need of immediate assistance. The grants help meet urgent unmet costs that have arisen from the cancer diagnosis and its treatment including the cost of travelling to hospital, clothing for people whose cancer experience has changed their body shape and new bedding for patients who are experiencing nausea, night sweats or incontinence as part of their treatment.
About Barclays and Macmillan Cancer Support
Barclays employees are supporting the World's Biggest Coffee Morning in branches and offices across the UK as part of an ongoing partnership between Barclays and Macmillan. Barclays employees are encouraged to support their favourite charities and causes through Barclays volunteering, matched fundraising and payroll giving schemes. During 2011 Barclays employees have organised a series of fundraising events to support the work of Macmillan, including initiatives such as Barclays Got Talent, local community walks, sky dives and pub quizzes. Money raised through these events has helped to fund two new Macmillan professionals posts and Macmillan financial grants in the regions.
About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. More than one in three of us get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.
Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in retail banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs nearly 146,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for 48 million customers and clients worldwide.
For further information about Barclays, please visit the website www.barclays.com