Time for a charity cash-raising cuppa with Macmillan

AMY Hebdon is the fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Rotherham. Each month she updates The Rotherham Advertiser readers on the latest stories and developments by supporters across the town.

EVERY year I love to feel the buzz building around Macmillan’s World Biggest Coffee Morning, and I’m thrilled that it’s fast approaching. I love a cuppa as much as the next person, and it’s great that you can help local people with cancer at the same time, so I would love for people in Rotherham to get involved.

Macmillan’s Coffee Morning raises millions for the ever-growing number of people affected by cancer, and the fantastic people of Rotherham raised £81,068 last year from 345 coffee mornings.

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Macmillan is not government funded, so without the public’s generous help, we simply can’t provide the services that are needed here like our Macmillan Information and Support Service at Rotherham Hospital, our three Macmillan Cancer Support Workers and our numerous Macmillan professionals working in the town.

Around 200,000 people every year host coffee mornings in their workplaces, schools and homes across the country, people like Layla Young.  

She explains: “The Macmillan team were absolutely fantastic with my father in law and our family. We felt so much love and warmth.  They seemed to just appear at the right time and stayed with us until my father in law passed away. As I get older cancer seems to be everywhere, no one is unaffected. I wanted to host a Macmillan Coffee Morning as my way of giving back and saying thank you to the support Macmillan gave my family.”

Layla, who lives in Stainton, is being supported by local businesses in Wickersley, including Claire Chamber, Elite Brow Stylist, Carol Ann Boutique and Claire Louise Nails who are donating fantastic raffle prizes.  

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It’s great to see the whole community getting behind her Coffee Morning, thank you.

Macmillan’s Coffee Morning takes place on Friday September 27 (but people can host whenever they want) and people will be making a difference however they get involved.

Whoever you invite and whatever you serve, you can host your coffee morning your way — if you can’t bake, that doesn’t have to stop you!

You can find events nearby using the interactive map on the Coffee Morning website or to sign up to host a World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at www.coffeeregister.macmillan.org.uk. I'm looking forward to sampling the coffee mornings on the day, it’s a tough job but someone has to do it!