Enjoy a cuppa for a good cause this Friday

Published: Thursday 28th September 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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On Friday 29 September, thousands of people will enjoy a slice of cake and a coffee in aid of Macmillan. Here’s how you can get involved.

Macmillan Coffee Mornings date back to 1990. The idea was to gather over coffee and donate the cost of your brew to Macmillan. The simple concept proved extremely effective, so they decided to spread the word. Since then, a staggering £165.5 million has been raised through Coffee Mornings for the charity.

This year’s event coincides with National Coffee Day, so this Friday really is the perfect time to raise money for a good cause whilst getting your caffeine kick.

Last year, an incredible £29.5 million was collected at nationwide events. Let’s see if together we can beat that figure while catching up with friends.

1 in 3 people will face cancer at some point during their lives. In fact, in the UK alone there are currently 2.5 million people living with a form of the disease, according to the Macmillan website. By 2030, it has been estimated that this number will rise to 4 million.

Macmillan provides medical, emotional, financial and practical support to those affected by cancer. The money raised at Macmillan Coffee Mornings is vital to their ongoing and remarkable service.

To get involved, you can host your own event by signing up for a Coffee Morning pack. Invite your friends, colleagues and family – basically anyone who likes cake! You could organise one at work as part of everyone’s tea break, or just have a few mates over to your house. It’s completely up to you.

The handy resource bundle gives you everything you need to host a successful meet-up, including downloadable posters and games.

Meanwhile, a list of Coffee Mornings near to you can be found on the Macmillan website.

In Hull there are almost thirty registered Coffee Mornings, at locations across the city centre, on the University of Hull campus and in residential areas. On top of this, a large number of events are planned for the East Riding.

The money raised doesn’t just go towards helping those who have a cancer diagnosis; it will also assist those who are caring for loved ones. In 2016 it was found that there are almost 1.5 million people caring for someone with cancer in the UK.

There is some good news, however. Today, people are twice as likely to survive for at least ten years after the initial diagnosis than they were at the start of the 1970s. This is thanks to the dedication, campaigning research and support that is carried out by organisations like Macmillan each year.

Visit the Macmillan website for more information on this fun event, as well as details of their life-changing services.

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Published: Thursday 28th September 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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