23 September 2016

Why Coffee Counts – Macmillan Cancer Support

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  • Nationwide is the first official community partner for our World’s Biggest Coffee Morning
  • 900 people a day are diagnosed with cancer in the UK
  • Money raised helps fund vital services, ranging from Macmillan nurses and cancer information booklets, to information centres and our website and support line.

We all love a good coffee served with a slice of cake, right? So, after 23 years of working together, I’m proud to say that Nationwide is the first official community partner for our World’s Biggest Coffee Morning!

This is our biggest event of the year (actually the UK’s biggest non-televised event!). Incredibly, our amazing supporters raised over £28 million in 2015 and we’re hoping to beat that this year. Fingers crossed!

It all started over 26 years ago, with the very first Coffee Morning held by a local community group in 1990. This year, Nationwide is helping us get even more people involved, signing up to hold a coffee morning in their local community – from toddler groups to local gyms, fire stations to book clubs. So why Macmillan? We know 900 people a day are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. We also know that one in four people diagnosed with cancer have felt isolated and alone. At Macmillan, we want to reach and improve the lives of everyone affected by cancer.

The money you raise through Coffee Mornings helps fund vital services, ranging from Macmillan nurses and cancer information booklets, to information centres and our amazing website and support line. These services can mean the world to someone who has just been diagnosed or affected by cancer. They’re the lifeline needed to ensure they don’t feel alone and can face their next steps on their cancer journey with the support they need and deserve.

Jill, a Nationwide Customer Host at the Milton Keynes branch, was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 and used a Macmillan Information Centre for support.

“It was a scary time but from the moment I was diagnosed I felt supported.”

Jill says: “It was a scary time but from the moment I was diagnosed I felt supported. By my friends, by my family, by my colleagues and by Macmillan. Our hospital in Milton Keynes has a fantastic Macmillan Support Centre which offers lots of information.

Through the Centre I even got invited to a make-over day that Macmillan organised – it was a lovely way to do something fun with a group of women all going through the same experiences.

Our branch has always loved getting involved in Macmillan’s Coffee Morning, but this year we’ll be pushing ourselves to make it extra special because we understand the difference Macmillan’s support can make.”

So, I invite you to get creative, start baking and plan a coffee morning in your local community. Coffee, cake and a good cause. You can’t go wrong!

Why not register for a fundraising pack today?

About the author

Emily Shelford

Emily Shelford is the Head of Partnership Management at Macmillan Cancer Support and helps drive corporate partnerships like Nationwide, as well as helping lead the way with key campaigns such as World’s Biggest Coffee morning.

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