Back in July, I ran the Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK with a group of three friends. One of these friends, L, is a close friend of mine who found out earlier in the year that her Dad had been diagnosed with terminal Cancer. We managed to raise over £500 in only 3 weeks between us for the charity.
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is held in late September to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. An amazing charity that provides support to those living with and affected by Cancer. Just £25 could pay for an hours medical, emotional and practical support by a Macmillan Nurse. Such a small amount of money, that can help to change someone’s life when dealing with this awful disease.
L decided to organise a Coffee Morning to raise funds for this charity, which is usually held on a Friday, on a Saturday morning so that we could all take part outside working hours. We hired a Church Hall in town and started bringing together friends who could help to organise and arrange donations.
We held a Raffle with lots of brilliant prizes, including £10 vouchers donated by local Butchers, Fishmongers and High Street stores, a voucher for Afternoon Tea for 2, plenty of wine and chocolates. We also organised a Tombola, cake stand, face painting and soft play for the children. We even managed to get Olaf the Snowman to visit for half an hour!
We opened the doors at 09:30am for 3 hours, and ended up having to get more tables and chairs out as so many people turned up! Considering the annual Taste of Cumbria Food Festival was happening down the street, we were nervous that the turnout would be poor – but we really didn’t need to!
After we had drawn the raffle at 12:30pm, L and I started to count up the donations we had received. It was crunch time…
We managed to raise a fabulous total of £1026.38! We were all in total shock! L’s mum, who had manned the Tombola stall all morning, got quite emotional whilst saying a few words of thanks to those who had helped L to organise the event and spend time helping on the day. Needless to say, I got quite tearful myself!
I am so proud to be part of the community here, raising funds for such a worthy cause – and even got to sample a few of the home baked cakes myself! Yum!