Today is a big date in the Macmillan calendar. It’s our annual flagship fundraiser: World’s Biggest Coffee Morning! Our incredible supporters have been holding Coffee Mornings all over the country today, and we’ve been out and about lending a hand and saying thank you to the generous hosts. In this blog, senior editor Tess gives a round-up of what we’ve been up to for World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 2017.

This picture contains three photos. One shows a woman holding a tin of muffins and a Macmillan fundraising tin. One shows the contestants of this year’s series of the TV show the Great British Bake-off. One shows a cake with the words “The Great British Coffee Morning”.

Our team kicked off our Coffee Morning fundraising early this year, by holding a Great British Bake-off sweepstake. We’ve been bringing in bakes from each week’s episode and selling them to our colleagues to raise money. We can’t agree on who’ll win the show (my money’s on Steven), but Senior Editor Sarah’s winning our sweepstake so far with the caramel and apple muffins she made during caramel week!

This picture contains three photos. One shows two smiling women wearing green Macmillan T-shirts and holding mugs of tea. One shows a cake with yellow icing. One shows a smiling woman wearing a green Macmillan T-shirt and wig, holding two cakes.

Editor Elissia and Editorial Assistant Liza spent the morning at University College Hospital in London. They were at the Coffee Morning being run by the amazing staff at the Macmillan Cancer Information Centre. They took a treats trolley round to the visitors and patients at the hospital and were blown away by people’s generosity.

This photo shows two smiling people outside an M&S store, holding Macmillan fundraising buckets. On the left is a man, wearing a green animal onesie, and on the right is a woman wearing a green Macmillan T-shirt.

Editor Steven went to a Coffee Morning being run by M&S in Sutton. The staff were all in green Macmillan T-shirts and wigs (and animal onesies), busy selling cakes and collecting money.

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Editorial Manager Selina and Senior Editor Sarah were at the Coffee Morning at King’s College Hospital in London this morning. They got stuck in serving cake and selling raffle tickets.

This photo shows a smiling woman wearing a hat made of green and white balloons. She is holding a green balloon with the Macmillan logo on it. Behind her is a table full of cakes.

We’ve even been dragging our family and friends into the fundraising this year – here’s Nurse Maria’s daughter getting involved at their Coffee Morning in Glasgow. We’re especially impressed by their balloon-modelling skills.

This photo shows three smiling women, standing behind a table full of cakes. The woman in the centre is wearing a green Macmillan T-shirt, and the other two are dressed normally.

Editorial Assistant Amy-Louise went to help out at the Coffee Morning being held by Calvary Temple UPC in London. There was a huge turnout, and Amy-Louise made a speech thanking everyone and explaining where their generous donations will go.

This picture contains four photos. One photo shows a smiling woman sitting at a desk in an office holding a cup of tea. She is wearing a green Macmillan T-shirt and wig. One photo shows a collection tin with the Macmillan logo on it. It is on a table with cakes on it. There is a hand putting a coin into the tin. One photo shows a woman wearing a green Macmillan T-shirt, biting a chocolate-chip cookie. The fourth photo shows three cakes on a table.

And those of us who couldn’t get out and about today still had our own Coffee Morning in the office. We’ve sold sweet treats to colleagues to enjoy with their morning coffee. And we admit that they weren’t all homemade….

In 2016, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning raised £29.5 million for Macmillan – and we’re hoping to beat that this year. The money raised will help Macmillan be there for everyone affected by cancer. It will fund nurses, the Macmillan support line, cancer support centres in hospitals, and of course our information. It will make sure people have the support they desperately need when they’re going through the toughest time of their life. So a huge thank you to everyone who attended or hosted a Coffee Morning this year!


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