I have attended the annual Macmillan Cancer Research coffee morning in Parliament to lend my support for their campaigning and research aims.
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event. People all over the UK host their own coffee mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Every donation helps the charity in their campaign against cancer. This year they hope to raise over £27 million again this year, to help everyone living with cancer to live life as fully as they can.
The first ever Coffee Morning happened back in 1990. It was a small affair with a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process. It was so effective, Macmillan did it again the next year – only this time nationally. Since then, Coffee Morning has raised over £200 million for Macmillan.
It’s not too late to host your own Coffee Morning. All people have to do is sign up and Macmillan will get a Coffee Morning kit out to people. People can sign up here.
1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Thankfully, life expectancy has risen as we have invested in new early diagnosis techniques and drugs to help people live with the disease. That is why it is so important to support Macmillan in their task of helping people, and their families, living with cancer.
There is still time for people to hold their own coffee morning to help raise funds for Macmillan. So far, people have raised over £16 million, meaning that they are £9 million short of target for this year. Not only do coffee mornings help Macmillan, but they are fantastic opportunities for communities to come together.
I will continue to support Macmillan in Parliament to ensure that those with cancer are given the best healthcare and support that we can provide.