What is the World's Biggest Coffee Morning? Coffee lovers are some of the most passionate beverage connoisseurs. So, whether you make your coffee with instant coffee grounds or you grind your specialty beans for your Italian coffee press or you love your cold brew or drip coffee or Turkish, percolated, or iced, there are many ways to enjoy a coffee. Coffee is one of the two main ingredients of the Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday, the 29th of September 2023 (the other is cake and who doesn’t love cake?) where you can enjoy a cake and a coffee whilst raising money for charity. Let's find out more about it.

How did Macmillan Coffee Mornings begin?

These charity coffee mornings are usually held on the last Friday in September. They began in 1990 when a small group of Macmillan Cancer Support volunteers came up with the idea, envisioning people coming together over coffee and cake (or other baked treats) in the name of charity. It began as a modest event in a local church and has now grown into a nationwide phenomenon, raising millions of pounds to support people living with cancer.

How can Macmillan Coffee Mornings bring communities together? 

Macmillan Coffee Morning can unite communities by encouraging people from all walks of life to open their homes, schools, workplaces, and local gathering spots to host coffee mornings. Friends, family, colleagues, and neighbours come together, not only to enjoy a good cup of coffee but also to share stories, laughter, and empathy.

These gatherings foster a sense of togetherness that cancer patients and their loved ones find invaluable. They create a supportive environment where individuals facing the challenges of cancer can feel understood and cared for.

How do I host a coffee morning?

You can sign up to host a coffee morning on the Macmillan website here: https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/hosting/how-to-host/

The website is full of ideas on how to raise and donate funds and how to make the event fun and creative. You can even find events near you. 

What do people bring to these coffee mornings?

If you're hosting a group event, you can invite people to bring homemade, store-bought, or bakery-bought treats from cakes to cookies to pastries. It's all about coming together for a case.

The act of baking or sharing treats with people adds a personal touch, reinforcing the idea that every contribution, no matter how small, can make a big difference.

How does Macmillan collect the donations?

While the focus of Macmillan Coffee Mornings is on warmth, connection, and the pleasure of good company, the ultimate goal is to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. 

The money collected through donations and the sale of baked goods goes toward providing vital services to those affected by cancer.

Macmillan offers a wide range of support services, including specialist nurses, financial advice, emotional support, and practical assistance. These services can be a lifeline for individuals and families navigating the complexities of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. The funds raised at coffee mornings contribute directly to ensuring that no one faces cancer alone.

Macmillan makes it easy (and high-tech) to donate where if you are hosting a registered event, you can share your charity fundraising page or QR code for people to donate online. You can also collect cash or bank-transferred donations and donate to the website after the event.

Can I attend a virtual event?

The pandemic impacted many areas of our lives and many people no longer work in offices that host coffee mornings, but there are virtual mornings you can attend, too. You can also order baked goods to your door. Or better yet, arrange to meet a group of friends at a cafe for a good cause.

The takeaways

The Macmillan Coffee Morning is more than just a fundraiser; it's a celebration of humanity's capacity for kindness and compassion. It's a reminder that something as simple as sharing a cup of coffee and a slice of cake can have a profound impact on the lives of those facing cancer. 

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