It seems that “Bake-Off” has found its way into our offices in Derby as the team here decided to cook up some lovely treats on Friday 27 September to raise money for MacMillan Cancer.

Suzanne Butler, who is an architectural technician at Morrison Design, got together with four colleagues to bake chocolate cake and muffins  which were sold to staff in order to support the “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” an annual event that MacMillan Cancer Support organise to increase awareness and fund raise for their charity.

Macmillan Cancer Coffee Morning

Each year many individuals, businesses and community groups bake or buy cakes to host a coffee morning and encourage donations for every cake eaten.

Setting her stall out in the reception of our architectural practice in Derby, Suzanne used the ‘coffee kit’ provided by MacMillan to decorate the table with bunting and collected £42 in donations from staff.  

One in two of us will face cancer, and the money raised at these Coffee Mornings will help everyone with cancer to live life as fully as they can.

Commenting Suzanne said, “Supporting the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning has become an annual event here in the office and I was pleased that colleagues also baked cakes so we could raise money to help MacMillan support people and families affected by cancer. In 2018, Coffee Morning raised £28,000 and it is clear that every little helps.”

The first ever Coffee Morning took place in 1990. It began as a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process. It was so effective, MacMillan has repeated Coffee Morning on a national basis ever since. Since 1990, Coffee Morning has raised over £200 million for Macmillan.

Here are some typical examples of how the money raised gets used:

  • £52 could help run the Online Community forum for over an hour. Typically, that would give nearly 750 people affected by cancer both emotional and practical support.
  • £250 could pay for five people living with cancer to attend a health and wellbeing event, providing them with the skills to improve the management of these areas in their lives.
  • £335 could pay for a Macmillan grant that helps a family affected by cancer take a holiday and enjoy precious time together.
  • £546 could pay for a Macmillan Social Care Worker for a week, helping patients, family members and carers manage the social and practical problems of living with cancer.
  • £1023 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for a week, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

Macmillan Cancer Support is one of the largest British charities and provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer. Their goal is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer in the UK.