The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is back!
At Macmillan, they know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything. So they are there to support patients and to help them take back some control in their life. From help with money worries and advice about work to someone who’ll listen if you just want to talk, they’re there. Life with cancer is still life, and Macmillan helps sufferers live it, but they can’t do the amazing work they do without fundraising and donations.
Change lives with every slice
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event. They ask people all over the UK to host their own Coffee Mornings. All donations from the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone they raised £29.5 million and for this year’s event on the 29th September they are aiming to raise even more.
The first ever Coffee Morning happened way back in 1990. It was a rather small affair with a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process. It was so effective, they did it again the next year – only this time nationally. Since then, the annual event has raised over £165.5 million.
A Coffee Morning is the perfect chance to catch up over a brew and a slice of something delicious for a great cause. One in three of us will face cancer, and the money raised will help Macmillan make sure no one has to face it alone.
No Coffee Morning would be complete without some sweet treats to tempt your guests with. Sure, you can make a Victoria sponge or chocolate brownies; but why not opt for something more adventurous with one of these mouth watering delights? With Great British Bake Off back on our screens, it’s the perfect excuse to crack out the cake tins and try something new!
Add a twist
Macmillan has also created a tool on their website that helps you come up with quirky ideas to make your event go off with a bang. We have listed some of our favourites below, but if you want to check out some of the other ideas they have, click here.
Eyes down! Have a bingo night instead of a Coffee Morning. (Or combine the two!) With over three million people regularly playing bingo in the UK, you’re sure to get a full house.
Add a little excitement to your workplace Coffee Morning. Try your hand at speed typing, synchronised chair swivelling or fast letter franking. Who will be your Office Olympics Champion?
Wine tasting evening
One for the adults! Unleash the wine critic within by holding a wine tasting instead of a traditional Coffee Morning. You could draft in a local wine expert to help train your taste buds. Ask for a cheeky little donation from the tasters.
Have your colleagues, friends or family contribute their old paperbacks and hold a book sale at your Coffee Morning. Who knew all those old holiday page turners and unread classics gathering dust on your shelves could turn into cold hard cash?
Everyone loves a good ol’ raffle or even a traditional tombola. Whatever you decide to do, get people to donate to the prize fund by bringing in any unwanted gifts they may have at home. Then you can raise extra money on the day by selling raffle tickets. It’s win win!
How to get involved
Hosting your own Coffee Morning is easy. All you have to do is sign up here. Macmillan will get your kit to you in 10 – 12 working days. In the meantime, they have plenty of posters and games for you to download on their top tips page ready to host your event.
If you want to participate in the fundraising event, but don’t have the space or resources to hold one yourself, why not visit a local Coffee Morning? The Macmillan website has a map of all local public events running on the 29th September. Simply look for one near you here. If you are holding your own Coffee Morning, make sure you tweet photos to @macmillancoffee using #CoffeeMorning.