A LEADING cancer charity is asking people in Hartlepool to help raise £8.5million to celebrate the 21st birthday of its biggest fundraising event.
Macmillan Cancer Support wants locals to raise £10,000 from the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to contribute to the charity’s fundraising target.
The event, launched in 1990, has grown to become Macmillan Cancer’s largest fundraising event, generating millions to fund vital cancer services.
Fundraiser for Hartlepool, Liz Airey, said: “The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is always really popular, probably because it’s a really easy event to take part in.
“This is the event’s 21st birthday and Macmillan’s 100th birthday, so we are determined to raise money than ever and make this year’s coffee morning our biggest ever.”
The idea behind the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is that people hold their own coffee morning in their homes, work places or local community.
They ask for donations in return for drinks and cakes and then pass on the proceeds to Macmillan.
Liz added: “Across Hartlepool around 50 people held coffee mornings to raise money for Macmillan last year.
“Some people hold just a small event with friends, while others go all out and organise a big community party.
“Every pound raised matters so we really hope even more people will sign up to hold a coffee morning this year.”
Although the official World’s Biggest Coffee Morning day is Friday, September 30, Macmillan is happy for people to hold events on a day that suits them.
Liz added: “The great thing about this event is that you can put your own twist on it and make sure it works for you.
“We even have people who are holding their event at night and serve cocktails instead of coffee.”
The money raised from the event will be used to fund Macmillan’s support services for people with cancer and their families.
To find out more about the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning visit www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee or call 0845 602 1246