Every year, people in the UK are asked to host a coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan to ensure they can continue to help people receive the support that’s best for them.
So, just what is a Macmillan Coffee Morning, when will these events be held, and how can you host one yourself or find an event near you?
Here’s everything you need to know.
What is a Macmillan Coffee Morning?
Coffee mornings are held every year by people up and down the country to raise money for cancer charity Macmillan.
A coffee morning can be held anywhere, with as many people as you want. It could be in your home, in your garden, at your workplace, or in a community hall - whatever suits you best.
You could get together with friends, family, colleagues or neighbours. If you’re a baker, you can make your own homemade cakes or, if you’re in a rush, you can use shop bought cakes.
If you are going to bake yourself, you can get some recipes online on the Macmillan Coffee Morning website.
Everyone who attends makes a donation to enjoy some cake and a cup of coffee - or a biscuit and a cup of tea - and all the money raised is donated to Macmillan.
In 2021, people raised £11 million for Macmillan by holding coffee mornings, and the charity hopes that this amount may be beaten in 2022.
This year, Marks and Spencer will be the headline partner of Macmillan Coffee Mornings for the 13th year running. Costa Coffee will also be joining them as another headline partner this year. The official sponsor of the event is Betty Crocker.
When will Macmillan Coffee Mornings be held?
Macmillan Coffee Mornings are held annually, usually in late September.
The official date of the 2022 coffee morning is Friday 30 September, but if this date isn’t suitable for you then you can hold your own coffee morning at any time.
How can you host a Macmillan Coffee Morning?
If you’d like to host a Macmillan Coffee Morning yourself, all you have to do is visit the Macmillan Coffee Morning website to sign up to host a Coffee Morning.
You’ll then be sent a free fundraising kit which includes top tips to get you started.
You can choose from the complete classic kit with bunting, balloons and a tablecloth or a lighter kit with less paper and no plastic.
Each kit also includes recipes, a collection box, event posters and a game for your event.
How can you find a Macmillan Coffee Morning near me?
You don’t have to host a coffee morning yourself to take part, you can also attend one.
People hold public coffee mornings all over the UK so there’s sure to be one close to you that you can go to.
To find one, visit the Macmillan Coffee Morning event finder page.
What is the history of the Macmillan Coffee Morning?
The first Macmillan Coffee Morning happened 32 years ago, in 1990. Back then, it was a rather small affair with the simple idea that still remains at the heart of the event; guests gathered over coffee and a sweet treat and donated the cost of those things to Macmillan in the process.
It was so effective that the charity decided to do it again the next year, but nationally.
Since then, the annual coffee mornings have raised over £290 million for Macmillan - and that number is growing every year.