As the date for Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning approaches, the ladies in the finance department at Corby Council are getting excited about making their morning the biggest yet.
Lucia Hannon, Sue Galloway, Claire Edwards, Manjit Saini and Sharon Hanna have already held three coffee mornings, making a grand total of almost £1,000 so far for Macmillan.
Last year they raised £384 and this year they are hoping to beat that.
Lucia said: “We even have our own planning meetings before hand. The whole event is great for team building.”
The finance team run their coffee mornings by decorating their committee room as if it were a tea room, displaying all of their cakes.
Everyone gets involved, even family members offering their baking skills.
People who work at the Corby Cube also come over to join in the fun, and they don’t just offer coffee and cake, savouries are also available so they have something on offer for those peckish for lunch and they hold a raffle to add an extra fun element.
It is clearly important for the ladies to fundraise for Macmillan.
They started running the coffee mornings after one of the team members, Sue, was helped by Macmillan when she had breast cancer.
Lucia said: “We believe that everybody is touched by cancer and they therefore love to support the charity.”
Macmillan’s chief executive, Ciarán Devane, said: “We are very grateful to everyone who takes part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
“Every penny raised will help fund more services for people affected by cancer.”
While the event has traditionally involved people having straightforward coffee mornings, people have expanded the event to include wine-tasting evenings, quiz nights, ladies pamper days and family fun days.
Nor does it have to be held on the official coffee morning date of Friday, September 28.
Macmillan’s fundraising manager for Northamptonshire, Cherida Plumb, believes the flexibility of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is another reason it is 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.”
Cherida is very keen to get Northamptonshire holding as many coffee mornings as possible.
She has set a target of holding 1,000 coffee morning events this year, and said: “I’m on a personal mission this year to make Northants the most successful county for holding Coffee Mornings for Macmillan.”
If you are interested in holding a Macmillan coffee morning, visit www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee or call 0845 6021246 to register.
If you would like to contact a local Macmillan fundraising manager, visit http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Get_Involved/In_your_area/In_your_area.aspx#postcode.
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. For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or freephone 0800500 800 for an information pack.
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