Thousands of fundraisers have supported Macmillan by hosting an event for the world’s biggest coffee morning, raising cash to help people battling cancer. Juliette Bains reports
Cakes, coffees and sweet treats were served up at events across the county last week as kind-hearted volunteers raised cash for a cancer charity.
Fundraisers tucked into the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event on September 27 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Around 4,000 events were held in Leeds and Wakefield in the hope of raising £200,000.
The annual event is the charity’s biggest fundraiser of the year and in 2012, over 115,000 people in the UK signed up, raising a record £15 million.
This year organisers hope to reach the £16 million mark.
Clara White, Macmillan’s fundraising manager for Leeds, said: “We have been blown away by the incredible support of the local community.
“Every penny raised really has made a massive difference.”
Cabin crew and pilots from Monarch Airlines landed at Leeds Bradford Airport to host a cake sale, tombola and raffle in the terminal.
David H Myers Opticians on Albion Street stepped back in time with a Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme, raising £616.
A ‘fancy fascinators’ themed coffee morning was held at the Black Health Initiative head offices in Chapeltown and Leeds-based kitchen dealer Arlington Interiors joined Quooker to invite local singer Gary Stewart to perform.
Meanwhile, Leeds Building Society’s head office staff raised £450 and the Claro Beagle pub in Harrogate raised £130.
Julie’s Glitzy Cupcakes provided Minnie Mouse cupcakes for Manning Stainton’s Rothwell branch and in Wakefield, 15 teams from YPO’s warehouses and offices battled it out in a bake-off.
Shoppers at the St John’s Centre raised £300 and more events were held at Pinderfields Hospital, Pure Offices at Thorpe Park, Leeds Trinity University, Beattie Communications in Leeds, funeral directors Crabtree and Son in Gildersome, Leeds Valley Business Park, Selco Builders Warehouse in Leeds, Team Impression in Leeds, Marks and Spencers Leeds and Merry Maids in South Leeds.
To support Macmillan, visit www.macmillan.org.uk.