23 September 2010
Macmillan Cancer Support Ambassador Katherine Jenkins joined M&S Chairman Sir Stuart Rose to kick start a special event ahead of Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 24th September.
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has already raised £150,000 for Macmillan and in addition will be donating 50p for every coffee sold on the day in its 285 M&S Cafés nationwide to the leading cancer care charity.
The Welsh mezzo-soprano star was served coffee by Sir Stuart at the retailer’s Westfield White City flagship store in London, where they were joined by representatives from Macmillan and hundreds of M&S customers. M&S and its customers have been raising the money through sales of five selected items in its M&S Cafés, beginning on Wednesday 4 August and continuing until Saturday 2 October, with 10% of the price being donated to the Macmillan. Over 30,000 specially commissioned pin badges have also been sold at M&S Café till points across the country.
As well as working in the M&S Café and celebrating beating their fundraising target, Sir Stuart also spent the day with Macmillan, later travelling to Macmillan’s Information & Support Centre at Lister Hospital, Stevenage, before giving a leadership talk for the charity’s directors in Hitchin. Sir Stuart used his M&S Volunteer Day to spend the day with Macmillan - M&S introduced its volunteering scheme in February 2010, giving every M&S employee the opportunity to take a day’s paid leave every year to volunteer for a charity of their choice.
Sir Stuart Rose commented: “I’m delighted to have spent my M&S Volunteer Day with Macmillan Cancer Support and having never personally held a coffee morning before I’ve been impressed by what a fantastic event it is and how much money is being raised up and down the country for such a great cause. Our 285 M&S Cafés are perfect venues for these types of events and having set ourselves the ambitious target of raising £150,000 for Macmillan we’ve already achieved this. With 50p from every coffee sold in our M&S Cafes on 24th September going to Macmillan, we look forward to raising even more money to help people affected by cancer across the UK.”
Katherine Jenkins commented: “Macmillan Cancer Support was a huge help when my father was ill so I always enjoy supporting World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and it’s great that M&S Cafés have got involved as the official partner. It’s fun, and helps Macmillan continue their incredible work. It’s not too late to take part, see www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee”
Ciaran Devane commented: “We are very grateful to Sir Stuart Rose for spending his M&S Volunteer Day with Macmillan Cancer Support. We would also like to thank M&S Café staff and customers around the UK who have already raised £150,000 for Macmillan, and we can make more - simply pop in to your local M&S Café on Friday and either treat yourself to a coffee or a cake, or pick up a pin badge, and help people affected by cancer”
Two million people in the UK are living with cancer, and one in three will be diagnosed during their lifetime. Every donation, whether 50p or £50, will help Macmillan continue providing much needed support. This could be practical help with everyday tasks, financial advice and assistance to help with the unexpected costs of cancer, emotional support or expert medical care from a Macmillan professional.
This year the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning falls on Friday 24 September but you can hold one whenever is most convenient for you. Just one small mug of coffee really can make a big difference and it’s not too late to sign up, see www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee or 0845 070 1315.
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For further information, please contact:
Philip Sorensen – Press Officer, Marks & Spencer
020 8718 1967
Susie Richardson – PR Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 7809 (mobile 07740 927173)
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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. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.
For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or freephone 0808 808 00 00 for an information pack.