Escape the ‘daily grind’ at Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

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Thursday, September 25th, 2014
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Marks & Spencer in Newry is calling on its customers to help fund vital cancer care in Northern Ireland – by simply dropping in and sipping on a ‘cuppa’! On Friday 26th September, the M&S store at Buttercrane Shopping Centre will be joining forces with Macmillan Cancer Support for the charity’s annual event, ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.’ Aiming to help Macmillan make this year’s the most successful yet, the store has plans to drench managers as part of an ice bucket challenge and test the bosses on how to make the perfect cappuccinos and lattes. Customers attending the coffee mornings will be joining over five million people across the UK who are expected to take part on the 26th September. The drive comes as around 70,000 people in Northern Ireland are now living with cancer. That figure is expected to rise to more than 110,000 by 2030. Last year M&S raised £1million through coffee morning activity and in Northern Ireland this has funded Macmillan Colorectal Cancer Nurse Specialist, Gloria O’Connor, based at the Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry~Londonderry. Throughout September M&S will be donating 5p from every coffee and cake sold in its Cafés and 20p from every Victoria Sponge sold in its Food Halls. A set of bespoke Macmillan badges designed by renowned British designer Celia Birtwell and a ‘Macmillan Cupcake Kit’, will also be available for a suggested donation price of £2 each. Last year’s World biggest coffee morning raised over £20million. John Woods from M&S Newry said, “The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning provides a great excuse to gather with friends, family, or work colleagues, put your feet up and enjoy a cuppa and a slice of cake and all in aid of a truly worthwhile charity. “The fact that money has funded a Colorectal Cancer Nurse Specialist in Northern Ireland is fantastic and just goes to show how worthwhile an event like this is and the real difference it can make to people’s lives. “The event on the 26th September will provide lots of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy and we hope all our customers can come along to show support for a cause that affects so many of us.” Alix Wooding, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Macmillan Cancer Support, said, “Since M&S first teamed up with Macmillan in 2010, the partnership has raised a staggering £2.8 million. “The money raised last year helped to fund vital Macmillan posts in the community. This can be providing emotional support and practical advice for people living with cancer and their families too. Alix added, “We can’t thank people enough for their generosity so far and hope they will get involved in the fun sure to happen at this year’s coffee morning too!”

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