Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 2021

Written by: Rosie Lobley

At Spirit, we have two great passions: charitable work and cake. We were able to indulge both of these passions this week when we hosted a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Macmillan’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ takes place every September. Workplaces, schools, social groups and local communities get together to socialise, share a cuppa and enjoy a range of baked goods in aid of a noble cause. Each coffee morning raises funds for Macmillan, which provides information, resources and support for people affected by cancer.

Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning

One in two people in the UK will receive a cancer diagnosis at some point in their lifetime. While around half of those people will survive for at least 10 years post-diagnosis, living with cancer can be distressing, costly and damaging to relationships. Macmillan works alongside patients and their loved ones to best understand and meet each patient’s unique support needs, from dedicated online and phone advice services, to financial support, to specialist nurses.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning has raised more than £290 million for Macmillan since its inception in 1990. In 2020 alone, the campaign raised over £10 million from socially-distanced gatherings. Coffee morning events have been held globally, including Antarctica, on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier and at Mount Everest Base Camp.

Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning

The Spirit team held coffee mornings in both our Didsbury and Alderley Park offices last week, as well as a remote ‘coffee morning’-style quiz for the home workers! We managed to raise a total £173.10 – well over our initial goal of £50 – while enjoying such treats as coffee and walnut cake, Swiss roll, jam doughnuts, and Danielle’s exquisite raspberry and white chocolate cookies and salted caramel cupcakes. Thank you to everyone who took part, whether by baking or buying cakes, joining in the quiz or simply donating to the cause.