According to Macmillan’s, the coffee morning is their biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. Groups can host their own coffee mornings in their homes and offices with donations on the day made to Macmillan. Last year they raised 25 million pounds.
The very first coffee morning was in 1990, it was such a success that they’ve had them ever since, raising over £183 million.
The Diocese’s own response to Macmillan’s Cancer Support’s “The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” was truly inspiring.
St Mary’s, Little Harrowden held their coffee morning with an enormous selection of baked goods from the cooks of their congregation.
Carolyn Adam of St Mary’s said “This meant that we had a delicious and varied selection of cakes, good coffee from our posh coffee machine and one of the raffles for which St Mary’s are so rightly renowned. We were pleased to have a steady arrival of customers whose generosity ensured that we raised £216 for this wonderful cause.”
Also in Harroden, All Saints church had their own coffee morning. Organiser Patricia Blenkinsop said that they raised £280 that morning, very well done for a small parish.
Patricia said, “We wanted to support Macmillan because it’s a worthwhile cause but also to engage with the wider community in a non-religious event.”
Farthinghoe’s Rosemary Jarvis and her husband are veterans of Macmillan coffee mornings, organising them for the last 18 years. They held this year’s in the church vestry at St Michael and All Angels.
Rosemary said, “We raised £375, which was a record for us.”
Eileen Clinton and Pat Grant held their coffee morning at All Saints, Little Billing.
Eileen said, “We felt that there were many parishioners who had received the support of Macmillan Nurses for themselves or family members.” They wanted to give back.
And they did; at their coffee morning they raised £545.
The Winter Lunch Club team held a coffee morning in Aynho Village Hall for the charity.
Organiser Amanda Limb said, “We raised £471.10 in total , including £36 Gift Aid, which we were delighted with. Macmillan is a wonderful charity giving much needed support to those suffering from cancer and to their families, I know this firsthand sadly following the death of my father this summer.”
St Andrew’s CE Primary School had a very successful coffee morning.
Deputy Head Teacher, Sarah Beach said: “We raised over £450. More than 100 parents came along to share a drink and cake with their children. Every child in the school shared in the event and it was our most successful yet.”
Jane Rands, Churchwarden of St Peter and St Paul, Heyford said: “At ‘The Cafe on the Green’ in Nether Heyford, we raised £515 for Macmillan’s.
The cafe is a community cafe open every Friday afternoon. It is held in the Baptist church’s schoolroom and run by volunteers from the parish church.”
The PCC at Clipston added a Macmillan’s coffee morning to their already running Church Cafe on Wednesday mornings. Steve Carpenter, the Churchwarden at Clipston, said that the cafe started small, they opened last march with a view to attracting the mums after they dropped off their children at the nearby school.
Steve said: ” In that respect it has been completely unsuccessful but in all other respects has been a fantastic success!”
“We decided to donate on Wednesday takings to Macmillan and made it known that we would be doing that. The support was fantastic and we were able to give £163 to the charity.”
St Peter’s Rushden involvement began three years ago.
Bob Griffiths from St Peter’s explains: “With several of our fellowship having recently developed cancer – when an information pack for a MacMillan coffee Morning dropping through the door, it was obvious that we were being “called” to become actively involved. So, our first event took place; and it was quite successful.”
They raised £236.
But they didn’t want to stop there. In addition to raising money for Macmillan, St Peter’s wanted to offer a chance to talk about it.
“When the fear is faced, and cancer is talked about openly, then life can be lived with confidence and not simply survived day to day; especially when the person concerned has faith. As Christians we are not insulated from the problems of the world, but we can deal with those problems and the question of our mortality in a calm way. ”
Bob said that it makes it possible to make contact with people who may not have had anything to do with the church in the past, and might be presently living with cancer.
Staverton Women’s Institute (WI) had a coffee afternoon rather than a morning so that the children of the school could join the mums for a piece of cake and a chat with their friends.
Staverton’s Rosalind Aston said: “We were very pleased that so many people came along especially some of the new young mums in our village who met each other for the first time at our event. It was a very relaxed and happy occasion and I am sure we will do the same next year.”
The WI made £400 for the day and are hoping to double it. Their treasurer works for Lloyds Banking Group, which will often match an amount raised for good causes. They have put in that request and are waiting to hear if they are successful.
Ros said: “Hopefully we shall have £800 pounds to donate to the Macmillan charity.”
The Revd Neil Tyrer, Chaplain of St Andrews Healthcare was happy with the results of their coffee morning. St Andrews is a national charity and specialises in supporting men, women and adolescents with mental health needs, neuro-psychiatry and learning disabilities.
Neil said: “Coffee Morning in the Chapel is open every Friday from 10.15 – 11.45 am throughout the year and provides free refreshments, such as hot and cold drinks, cakes and biscuits, run by a dedicated group of volunteers and patient volunteers. Activities include a DVD and book stall, arts and crafts table and a 50 pence stall, where monies collected goes towards St Andrews Charity of the Year – ‘Helping Hands’.”
On Friday 30 September the money raised was for Macmillan.
“A total of £289.31 was raised – from the generous giving of patients and staff at St Andrews Healthcare. On behalf on the Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Team, we would like to express our gratitude and thanks for everyone who took part.”
Melanie Morris organised the Macmillan’s Coffee Morning at Diocesan Office at Bouverie Court.
She said: “At first we were just inviting people from the Bouverie Court office to our new Education section. But then Joanna (Ormston, Bouverie Court Centre Manager) said we should invite local churches and businesses. We had a good turn out, lots of people baked cakes. We raised £301.28.”
Joanna said, “This happened right after Bouverie Court Staff meeting where we decided that each month the we would take part in raising money for a different charity. Our very first was Macmillan Cancer Care.”
The money raised by the coffee morning helps to fund the Macmillan services and professionals who ensure that no one faces cancer alone.