At the end of last month I was in the Dumbiedykes hosting an event as part of Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
I held my coffee morning in the Braidwood Centre and invited local residents along. It was great to see so people turn out for the event and show their support. Across the country, thousands of similar events were taking place. In 2011, 51,000 people signed up for coffee mornings, raising a record £10m.
The campaign is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising event with money raised helping to pay for a range of support for cancer patients and their families, including nurses, consultants, domiciliary services, information centres and specialised equipment.
The annual campaign is a fantastic way to raise awareness and funds for an issue of huge significance for millions of people. By 2030 it is estimated there will be 4 million people living with cancer in the UK and one in three of us will be diagnosed with some form cancer in our lifetime.
The money that Macmillan raises is helping to make an enormous difference to the lives of cancer sufferers and their families, providing an invaluable support system that allows patients to know someone is with them every step of the way.
The coffee mornings have seen remarkable success, especially in recent years, and I was delighted to be able to support the event again this year.