Plans for Macmillan coffee morning boiling up nicely

SOON there will be the perfect excuse to eat cake – to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Have a guilt-free treat and raise money for charity by taking part in The World s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday, September 25. Last year, two million peopl

SOON there will be the perfect excuse to eat cake - to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Have a guilt-free treat and raise money for charity by taking part in The World's Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday, September 25.

Last year, two million people across the country took part in Macmillan's largest fundraising event and raised �7.5million.

More than 1,000 coffee mornings took place in Hertfordshire, where �165,000 was raised.

Annie Ashby, a Macmillan volunteer, has been taking part in the event for three years, after her 15-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukaemia. She made a full recovery.

Annie said: "At the same time as raising money for a great cause, I get to catch up with my friends and family over coffee and homemade cakes.

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"It's really easy to take part and a lot of fun. This year we are thinking about making the event even more sociable and having a champagne breakfast."

All money raised helps Macmillan be a source of practical, medical, emotional and financial support to those affected by cancer.

Currently, Macmillan can only reach half of people diagnosed, but hopes to improve the lives of every single one of the two million people in the UK living with cancer by 2010. This is why your help and support is so vital.

Evelyn Tan, Macmillan child bereavement officer, has seen firsthand how the money raised helps change lives.

She said: "Every donation for every cup of coffee you serve will make a difference.

"You can help Macmillan Cancer Support fund its vital work for people living with cancer, including supporting roles like mine working with families in the local community."

Hanmere Polythene in Letchworth GC and ASHE Construction in Hitchin are two companies which have already signed up to this year's event.

Glen Morris, managing director at Hanmere Polythene, said: "Many of the staff have had firsthand knowledge of the help and support given by Macmillan through experiences within their own family networks, and the coffee morning gives them a chance to give something back.

"Please consider supporting this year's World's Biggest Coffee Morning, however large or small your team is, because I know the money is put to good use."

Register now to receive your free information pack and to be part of this fundraising event. Visit www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee or call the Macmillan hotline on 0845 602 1246.

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