10 December 2013
Macmillan wants this year’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to be the biggest yet, aiming for over 1200 coffee mornings to be held in the Coventry and Warwickshire area
Macmillan Cancer Support is appealing for 1000s of people in Coventry and Warwickshire to help it raise over £10.7m - by drinking coffee and eating cake. The charity is hoping over 1200 coffee mornings will take place across the area, attracting thousands of people and raising £189,000. Across the UK Macmillan hopes to raise a massive £10.7m from the event, beating its £10m total from last year.
Macmillan’s fundraising manager for Warwickshire, Karen Shortt, 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. People can be so busy, that catching up with friends, workmates or even family can be difficult. 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.'
The money raised from the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is used to fund services such as the cancer information and support centres at South Warwickshire and George Eliot hospitals. Last year hundreds of people across Coventry and Warwickshire attended approximately 940 coffee mornings raising a whopping £150,000.
Fundraiser Catherine believes the flexibility of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is one of the reasons it’s so successful. She said: 'We give all our hosts a fundraising pack and lots of ideas but whether they choose to have a coffee morning on the official event day, a cocktail evening at the weekend or a quiz event the week after is up to them. All we want is for people to do something they enjoy with people they want to spend time with while raising some money for Macmillan. Sadly the number of people being diagnosed with cancer is increasing every year and that means Macmillan’s support for people living with cancer is in more demand than ever. Every pound raised by those taking part in events like World’s Biggest Coffee Morning helps us be there for someone with cancer when they need us most.'
The official World’s Biggest Coffee Morning day is on September 28.
To find out more about the event visit www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee or call 0845 602 1246