A cancer charity has launched an appeal for the public in North and East Yorkshire to help it raise over £20m - by drinking coffee and eating cake.
Macmillan Cancer Support wants this year’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to be the biggest ever.
The charity is hoping 4500 coffee mornings will take place across North and East Yorkshire, raising over £473,000.
Across the UK Macmillan hopes to raise over £20m from the event to beat last year’s total.
The charity’s appeal for locals to sign up is being backed by the team at Castle Hill Queen’s Centre, where Maggie Simkiss, a Macmillan Palliative Care Specialist Nurse is famous for her home baking.
The Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Team have been hosting a coffee morning for the last 8 years, raising more year on year, peaking at a grand total of £1098 in 2013! But the team don’t stop at sweet treats; they have a tombola, a savoury selection for lunches, and even gift boxes for cupcakes.
Macmillan’s fundraising manager for North and East Yorkshire, Crystal Ness, said: “We want to make sure no one has to face cancer alone but we can’t do it without the amazing people who fundraise for us.
“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.
“We’re asking people to once again invite their friends, relatives or workmates to come for coffee and cake and help support Macmillan.
“It’s a fun and easy way to raise money to help Macmillan be there for people with cancer and their families when they need us most.”
Fundraiser Maggie Simkiss, who has already started making her dough in preparation for the event, added “It’s amazing how generous people are. I get up at 5am on day of the coffee morning, to make sure all of the cakes are as fresh as they can be!”
“Every pound raised by those taking part in events like World’s Biggest Coffee Morning helps to fund Macmillan’s vital services.”
The official World’s Biggest Coffee Morning day is on September 26 but events can be held any time.
To find out more visit www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee or call 0845 602 1246.
To access support from Macmillan visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call 0808 808 00 00.