Leeds goes head over heels for Macmillan

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DAREDEVILS went head over heels for Macmillan Cancer Support in their latest fundraising drive.

Hundreds of people from across Leeds tucked into the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event, with the bravest diving headfirst into some more serious fundraising.

Macmillan bungee jump.

Macmillan bungee jump.

Dozens of npower employees bungee-jumped into a giant coffee cup as part of the event last week.

The nerve-wracking feat took place at the energy supplier’s Leeds site.

Employee Morgan Jackson faced his fear because the charity is particularly close to his heart.

He said: “I jumped for my uncle who sadly lost his battle with cancer, and my auntie who’s had breast cancer twice. I was extremely nervous and thought someone would have to push me off but I’m thrilled I did it!

“It was an opportunity to do something different and raise money for a great cause.”

The team helped raised over £6,000 from the jump, which npower pledges to match pound for pound.

Clare McDougall, head of community at npower, said: “I’m so proud of the dozens of people – many of whom have a fear of heights – who have dived into coffee morning this year.”

Meanwhile businesses and community groups across the city had their feet firmly on the ground as they tucked into sweet treats to help the cause.

Batley-based Design Portfolio raised nearly £300 from their event, while Leeds Building Society’s coffee morning held at the head office raised £535.

Staff at National Grid in Thorpe Park, Leeds, were busy baking all last week for the fundraiser. Judith Barnett, National Grid organiser, said: “I wouldn’t be surprised if National Grid’s output is up – everyone has been busy baking. We’re aiming to raise £15,000 for Macmillan, with every penny going towards those who are living with cancer and their families.”

The Wetherby Whaler fish and chip restaurant in Guiseley also held a coffee morning, along with tenants from Chapel Green retirement homes in Pudsey.

The StepChange Debt Charity’s headquarters in Leeds also took part, as well as Morgan Sindall.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, held on September 26, has been running for 24 years.

It has raised over £113m for Macmillan and had over 154,000 people take part this year.

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