THE Lord Mayor of Sheffield put the kettle on to show her support for a cancer charity’s flagship fundraiser - and appealed for people across the city to sign up to take part.
Coun Sylvia Dunkley raised a mug and tucked into a delicious Fancie cupcake to celebrate the launch of Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning campaign.
This year’s event takes place on Friday, September 30, but Coun Dunkley and charity bosses are urging people to get on board now and show their support.
Last year in Sheffield a whopping 379 people joined in the annual initiative, raising a massive £55,000 for the charity’s work providing medical, emotional, practical and financial help for people affected by cancer and their families.
Coun Dunkley said: “Whether you’ve run a coffee morning before or are thinking about holding your first, I’d urge local people, groups and businesses to register and hold a coffee morning
“By joining in you will be helping Macmillan to reach even more people affected by cancer.”
This year the charity is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
It hopes lots of people will get on board to help them smash their previous fundraising records.
Rob Turner, Macmillan fundraising manager for Sheffield and Chesterfield, said: “Some 99 per cent of the money raised for Macmillan comes from our supporters.
“We need your support to help make this year’s event the biggest ever in our centenary year.
“There is no right or wrong way to host a coffee morning. You can arrange a traditional coffee and cake morning at home, in the community or at work.
He added: “Some people choose to organise a glamorous coffee-themed evening or even serve up smoothies or herbal tea instead of coffee.
“But alongside this, our hosts also mark the day by organising raffles, making it a dress down day at work or school or even coming up with wacky record attempts like the largest cup of coffee.”
The Star has joined forces with Macmillan to help make the charity’s centenary year go with a bang.
The Star Business Challenges asks local firms to pledge their support for the organisation this year and help them raise at least £100,000 to support their life-changing work.
Visit coffee.macmillan.org.uk or call 0845 602 1246 to register to hold a coffee morning, or contact Rob Turner or Steve Loane on 01246 810 301 if your company would like to join The Star Business Challenge.