The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising event. They are asking people across the UK – and sometimes further a field – to hold a coffee morning, where donations on the day are made to Macmillan.
Last year 43,000 people registered to hold a coffee morning, raising a massive £7.9 million. This year they need your help to raise over £8 million to help change the lives of people affected by cancer.
The event started in 1990, when a local fundraising committee decided to hold a coffee morning ,where people came along to meet and mingle – as they might ordinarily do – but donate the cost of their coffee to Macmillan in the process.
The idea seemed such a simple, yet effective, one that they suggested the model be taken up nationally. The first National World’s Biggest Coffee Morning was in 1991, when 2,600 people registered to hold coffee mornings across the country. Since then it has raised over £60 million in total for Macmillan Cancer Support.
My how you’ve grown…
Over the years, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning has grown to include many different types of event – from a traditional coffee morning with cake and conversation, to a pub quiz in the evening.
There have also been several record attempts, including the Highest Coffee Morning (on a jet fighter in 2004), the Most Distant Coffee Morning (in Antarctica in 2002) and the World’s Deepest Coffee Morning (down Poldark Mine in Cornwall in 2002).
Nowadays, it’s about more than just coffee
They ask supporters to do whatever suits them – and have fun doing it. Whether it’s a traditional coffee morning at home, work or school, or something different altogether – a garden party, pub quiz, or karaoke night – the main thing is getting together with friends and knowing that your collective efforts are making a huge difference to people affected by cancer. Whatever you do, they hope you’ll get together with friends, family and colleagues on Friday 24 September and raise some money (and a smile) for people affected by cancer.
It really is simple and Macmillan provide everything you need to fund raise
1. Register today for your free fundraising pack!
Here and they’ll provide you with all you need. From posters to balloons – everything you need to make your coffee morning a great success.
2. Pick a date, any date
The official day is Friday 24 September, but you can pick whatever date is best for you.
3. Choose your event
You can hold a coffee morning at work, home, school or in your local community. Have a get together with friends, a garden party with neighbours, or a pub quiz with your colleagues. Whatever suits you.
4. Send invitations
Email, Facebook or traditional, get the word out about your event. Use the handy e-invites to email your friends! Remind people when the date is coming up and let everyone know it’s all for a very important cause.
5. When the big day arrives…
Just ask your guests for donations. You can put a collection box out, charge a small donation for the cakes and coffee, or if you’re having an event like a pub quiz, charge a fee for taking part.
There are lots of other ways to raise additional money at your event – from raffles and quizzes to ‘bake-offs’ or other fun competitions.
Remember to put up lots of posters and other information about Macmillan, so everyone knows it’s all for a great cause.
Above all, have fun. It doesn’t matter whether you raise £20 or £2,000. Every bit counts and will help people living with cancer.
Why not get together with Friends, Family and Collegues on Friday 24th September and raise money (and a smile) for people affected by cancer.
The perfect recipe to bake for your coffee morning is our toffee mocha cupcakes we love them so much that we have made them our recipe of the month in the Baking Mad kitchen.
For more information on how to hold your own coffee morning, you can visit the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning Website