The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning by MacMillan Cancer Support is back by storm with the big event set to take place this Friday. (Friday 24th September 2010)
The fundraising event is calling out to all UK citizens – or anyone in the world for that matter – to hold a coffee morning, where donations on the day are made to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Last year the big event saw 43,000 people register to hold their very own coffee morning, raising a massive £7.9 million. And this year, the team need your help to raise over £8 million to help change the lives of people affected by cancer.
The coffee mornings started when a local fundraising committee decided to hold a coffee meeting where people would come together to mix and mingle as well as donate the cost of their coffee to Macmillan in the process.
The idea was eventually taken up nationally becoming the first National World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Since it started, the coffee mornings have raised a total of £60 million for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Tea Pot Shaped Tea Cosy from Ulster Weavers
As the years have rolled on, many people have come up with some fantastic ideas for their coffee morning. From quizzes to karaoke finished with tea, coffee and scrumptious cakes, many people have created a fantastic atmosphere in their local communities as well as offices in a bid to raise money for cancer patients.
In fact, there have been numerous record attempts to create the biggest and best coffee morning, including the Highest Coffee Morning (on a jet fighter in 2004) to the Most Distant Coffee Morning (in Antarctica in 2002) and the World’s Deepest Coffee Morning (down Poldark Mine in Cornwall in 2002).
The whole idea behind the coffee morning is about having fun with friends and family for a good cause. There are a wide range of activities that you can bring along to your coffee morning which will certainly keep your guests happy, and here are a few ideas from home textiles company, Ulster Weavers to get you started.
- Throw a Mad Hatters Tea Party for all your guests. With plenty of tea pots, tea cosies, mugs and lots of cakes, you can create hopping mad surprise for everyone. See our recent post on how to throw your own Mad Hatters Tea Party by clicking here.
- Why not host a raffle or competition where people can win kitchen accessories for the home, such as tea cosies, mugs or tea towels for their home.
- You could even have a paint your own mug/cup competition which will see your guests paint their design on a blank canvas mug and then finish off the morning with a nice cup of coffee and a cake afterwards. To get some inspiration about organising a pot painting event, visit our Paint Your Own Pottery post by clicking here.
- Why not have all your guests bring their own homemade brownies, cakes, scones to sell at the coffee morning. Getting everyone involved makes everyone feel they have done their part in raising money for cancer.
- You could even have a knitted tea cosy competition which sees your guests knit their own tea cosy for the event. The tea cosies can then be sold off at the coffee morning or put into a raffle. To get some inspiration for your tea cosy visit our blog post on homemade knitted tea cosies by clicking here or view our fantastic collection of tea cosies at UlsterWeavers.com.
Alternatively you can visit the Macmillan website at www.coffee.macmillan.org.uk where you will find lots of
Flower Pot Shaped Cafetiere Cosy from Ulster Weavers
inspiration from previous coffee mornings as well as some fantastic desserts for you try out. And if you are not able to host your own party, but wish to take part in a coffee morning in your area, simply visit the Macmillan site, enter your postcode, and all your local coffee mornings will be listed.
If you are thinking of hosting your very own Macmillan coffee morning then make sure you visit the site today to register your coffee morning so fellow supporters can join you in this fantastic fundraising event for Macmillan Cancer Support.