Macmillan coffee mornings raise thousands

Carole Short and Courtney Johnston, a Macmillan intern for the area.
Carole Short and Courtney Johnston, a Macmillan intern for the area.

An annual drive from Macmillan Cancer Support which asks fundraisers to host coffee mornings in aid of the charity has been a success.

The coffee mornings, which were this year held on September 27, invited groups and individuals to host the mornings across the United Kingdom, have raised, as of October 1, over £625,000.

First Minister Alex Salmond, on the day, had visited Maud Primary School in his Aberdeenshire East constituency in support of their Macmillan coffee morning.

The “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” is the largest single fundraising event organised annually by Macmillan Cancer Support. Last year some 115,000 people across the country hosted a coffee morning, raising a total of £15 million towards helping patients and their families in their fight against cancer.

Mr Salmond spent time speaking to Mrs Mair’s Primary 7 class who had organised the event and were hoping to beat last year’s total of £1,200 raised for the charity. The class asked him questions about his job as their local MSP and as First Minister of Scotland.

Commenting on the visit, Mr Salmond said: “It’s fantastic to see the young people taking such an enthusiastic interest in organising a coffee morning for their school friends, parents and the wider community.

“They’ve clearly been busy baking, setting-up the hall and selling raffle tickets and I’m sure they’ll have raised a huge amount for Macmillan Cancer Support.

“The event has been extremely well supported by the community - the queue to get in stretched out into the school playground!

“Since the very first World’s Biggest Coffee Morning was held 22 years ago, Macmillan has raised in excess of £75 million through this annual event alone. It’s a simple and effective formula, helping the charity to provide vital support to those, and their families, who face the daily challenges of living with cancer.”

Elsewhere, there were coffee mornings in aid of Macmillan held in Fraserburgh, Peterhead and the surrounding districts.

The High Seas Hobbit, near Rosehearty, had also taken part in the coffee mornings this year, inviting people to the scenic holiday spot to help raise funds for charity.

Carole Short, owner of the High Seas Hobbit, told us following the coffee morning that they were able to raise £416.87 for Macmillan as a result of their own charitable coffee morning.

Further information on Macmillan can be found via their website: www.macmillan.org.uk.

You can also keep up-to-date with the total amount raised by this year’s charity coffee mornings by visiting their dedicated website at coffee.macmillan.org.uk.