Put the kettle on and bring out the cake tin... it’s time to hold a coffee morning!
Cancer support charity Macmillan is once again gearing up for its largest fundraiser The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and, this year, Sheffielders are being asked to help collect a record total of £120,000 to help.
The official day for the coffee mornings to be held is Friday, September 27, but events can be organised at any time at home, in workplaces or in the community, with the proceeds going to Macmillan.
Elaine Hollings, aged 44, originally from Shiregreen, Sheffield, now lives in Dronfield where she has opened up a cafe called The Hub.
She is planning to get involved in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for the first time this year.
“Like most people we have been affected by cancer in some way or another,” she said.
“My grandmother had a double mastectomy through breast cancer, and we lost a very close friend a few years ago to stomach cancer.
“Macmillan was a fantastic support to him and his family.”
Elaine said she is raising extra money in the run-up to the coffee morning by allowing kids and grown-ups to make brightly-coloured painted handprints on a wall in the cafe, which she has named ‘Helping Hand for Macmillan’.
Each print will be labelled with the person’s name and age, at a cost of £5 per handprint.
Over the next two years Macmillan has committed to spending £2 million in South Yorkshire to develop a range of cancer services.
They include an end-of-life care team based across Sheffield hospitals and care homes who will support patients, plus a nurse who will help colorectal and breast cancer patients who have been discharged following treatment.
Rob Turner, the charity’s fundraising manager for Sheffield, said: “Not only is the number of people diagnosed with cancer increasing every year, many people face it all alone. Therefore Macmillan’s support is more in demand than ever.
“Every pound raised by The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning will help us fund our vital services – and we need as many people to get involved as possible.”
The appeal raised £15 million across the UK last year, with £101,000 collected in Sheffield.
To register visit www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee or call 0845 602 1246.