23 August 2014
Emily Boate, WBCM Birmingham and Black Country Intern
It’s that time of year again where Macmillan asking people help it raise over £10.7m in the UK - by drinking coffee and eating cake!
Macmillan Cancer Support is hoping that over 2000 coffee mornings will take place across the Birmingham and the Black Country area in order to raise a massive £370k towards this national target. The charity wants this year’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to be the biggest ever, beating last years incredible total of £10m.
This year Solihull resident Emily Boate has been recruited as Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee intern, and will be focusing on ‘all things coffee’ in and around Birmingham and the Black Country.
The 21 year old Event Management student said; ‘Last year Macmillan raised a record- breaking amount of money from the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. This year we are determined to beat this record! My job is to support local businesses, groups and individuals who have registered to take part.
More people get involved year on year and i definitely think it’s a mark of how much people love the event.
People lead such busy lives which can often mean that catching up with friends, workmates or even family can be difficult.
Holding your own coffee morning not only gives a reason to make time for one another, have fun, and eat lots of cake! It is also doing something really valuable for people affected by cancer.’
Last year hundreds of people in Birmingham and the Black Country attended 2011 coffee mornings raising £296,000! The money raised from the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning has been used to fund local services such as a partnership with ‘Age Concern’, providing Macmillan support to compliment their own services.
Sadly the number of people being diagnosed with cancer is increasing every year meaning that 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 them to be there for someone with cancer when they need support the most.
While the event has traditionally involved people having straightforward coffee mornings, people in Birmingham and Black Country have expanded the event to include wine-tasting evenings, quiz nights, ladies pamper days and family fun days.
Intern Emily believes the flexibility of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is another reason it’s so successful.
“All of our hosts are sent a toolkit to give them lots of inspiration and ideas, but whether they choose to have a coffee morning on the official event day, a cocktail evening at the weekend or a karaoke and quiz night the week after is entirely up to them Once you are registered you can still be part of the event anytime, anywhere, with anyone, doing anything!
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. It sounds cliche, but it really is a case of ‘every penny raised counts.’’
The official World’s Biggest Coffee Morning falls on Friday September 28th. All you need to do to find out more and register is to visit macmillan.org.uk/coffee or call 0845 602 1246. Let’s get Birmingham and the Black Country involved in the biggest coffee morning yet!