Fundraisers from a cancer charity have launched a major drive to get people across Derbyshire to help raise more than £8.5 million – by putting the kettle on.
Macmillan Cancer Support wants thousands of people across the county to take part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday September 30.
Last year in Derbyshire, 571 companies, groups and individuals joined the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning which raised £103,206. Nearly £3,000 was raised from coffee mornings in the Belper, Heanor and Ripley areas. But this year the charity needs the people of Derbyshire to raise a massive £120,000 to help fund its vital cancer services, from specialist nurses and doctors, to grants and advice for people with cancer who have financial problems.
Area fundraising manager for Derbyshire Steve Loane, said: “The help we provide people with cancer is absolutely essential and we want to be able to give support to everyone who needs it.
“That’s why we need to raise more from this year’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning than ever before. It’s a really fun event that is so easy to take part in, especially as you can tailor it to suit yourself, in fact it’s a piece of cake to help Macmillan!”
Last year two million people around the UK took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, raising a massive £8 million. This year the charity hopes to raise over £8.5 million from the event, on Friday 30 September, to fund its vital cancer services.
Steve added: “There’s no right or wrong way to take part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. You can have a traditional coffee morning at home or work, organise a glamorous coffee-themed evening, or even serve up smoothies or herbal tea instead of coffee.
“And don’t worry if you can’t hold your event on the official coffee morning day, just organise it at a time that suits you. The important thing is that all the money you raise will help improve the lives of people affected by cancer. So why not join the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on 30 September and help Macmillan reach more people affected by cancer?”
Macmillan relies 99 per cent on donations from the general public to fund its work. Last year in Derbyshire, 571 people joined the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning which raised £103,206. This year the charity needs your help to reach that magic £120,000 target.
Two million people in the UK are currently living with cancer, and one in three will be diagnosed with it during their lifetime. The money raised from the event will be used to fund Macmillan’s support services for people with cancer and their families. In Derbyshire Macmillan works in partnership to provide services including:
Specialist nurses, doctors and health professionals based in hospitals and the community
Information and support face to face, online and through booklets and leaflets
Welfare benefits advice across the county
In 2010 Macmillan helped 380 people in Derbyshire claim £127,247 in benefits and Macmillan grants. These could range from anything from respite breaks to travel fares to hospital. Many people living in Derbyshire called the free telephone CancerLine or visited our mobile information and support centre when it was in the area.
To find out more about the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning visit www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee or call 0845 602 1315.
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