ONE of the biggest fundraising events of the year will take place a week tomorrow, with hundreds of people raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The charity is urging everyone in North Tyneside to help raise a record-breaking £10.7m by enjoying coffee and cake.
It wants to make this year’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning the biggest in the event’s 22-year history.
Macmillan’s fundraising manager in North Tyneside, Kelly Knighting-Wykes, said: “We’ve had a good response from people locally so far, but we are hoping even more will get involved.
“The feedback we always get from our hosts is that the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is a really easy event to organise and it’s a great way of getting together with friends or having fun at work or school.
“Quite a lot of local businesses have said they’ve found their support for Macmillan struck a chord with customers and staff because so many people know someone who has had cancer.
“If anyone is interested in holding a coffee morning, they can get in touch for a fundraising pack.”
The official coffee morning day is Friday next week, but Macmillan says events can be held whenever is convenient.
One business already signed up is the Grand Hotel in Tynemouth.
It will be donating a fifth of the proceeds from the sale of its afternoon teas, scones and coffees.
Eddie Hastie, owner of the hotel said: “I know the difference Macmillan makes to people locally, so we support the charity whenever we can.
A host of other events are taking place next Friday with more than 430 coffee mornings taking place in the borough.
Anchor Trust Sheltered Accommodation, at Osborne House in Wallsend is holding a coffee morning from 10am to 2pm on Friday.
There will be refreshments, a raffle, bring-and-buy sale, tombola, cake stall and tours of the building. Entry is 50p.
At St Columba’s Church Hall in Northumberland Square, North Shields, a cake and produce stall will be open to members of the public from 10am until noon.
A coffee morning will also be held at Bewicke Lodge sheltered housing scheme in Howdon on Monday.
The event starts at 10.30am, and proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support and the Anchor International Older People’s Day.
To find out more, visit www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee or call 0845 602 1246.