A cuppa and a cake fuel £10 million fundraiser for Macmillan

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THANKS to the thousands of people who baked, bought and supped for Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, the charity has smashed its fundraising target and has raised a record-breaking £10million to help people affected by cancer.

Residents from Cambridgeshire kept in line with the trend, raising £171,286.97 alone – an increase of an incredible 31% from 2010! Cambridgeshire also held 832 coffee mornings, 16% more than last year.

Macmillan’s Director of Fundraising, Lynda Thomas, said: “I’d like to extend a huge thank you to our wonderful coffee morning hosts and guests who raised £10million for Macmillan Cancer Support, which is just fantastic! What an amazing achievement for everybody who took part and helped the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning be such a huge success for Macmillan.

“It just goes to show that by bringing together the people you value most, you’re making time for what matters and funding the Macmillan nurses, therapists and support line workers who make sure people living with cancer have a good team in their corner, every step of the way.”

Macmillan’s flagship fundraiser, which takes place every September, was almost 25% up on 2010 thanks to a surge in support for the leading cancer care charity.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning has come a long way from when it started 22 years ago when 2,600 supporters raised £208,000. In 2011 the number of registered hosts rose to 51,000, up 16% on the year before, thanks in part to successful partnerships with organisations such as M&S, Kenco and Silver Spoon, who have helped transform the event.

This year the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning falls on Friday September 28 and hosts can join the party early, by registering at macmillan.org.uk/coffee or calling 0845-6021246.

Find out more at macmillan.org.uk/coffee, follow the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on twitter @macmillancoffee or find it at facebook.com/macmillancoffee.