By Richard Lawrence-Allen
Fundraisers here at RSVP are always great events; they bring our staff together with some fantastic and fun activities and help us give back to a good cause as well. One of our favourite annual events to get involved with is Macmillan Cancer Support’s famous World’s Biggest Coffee Morning!
Founded in 1911 as the Society for the Prevention and Relief of Cancer by Douglas Macmillan, Macmillan Cancer Support is one of the largest charities operating in the UK. Macmillan provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer. Macmillan helps with not just the medical impact of cancer, but also the social, emotional and practical impact that cancer can have as well.
Some beautiful cakes created by our very talented Star Baker and concierge Dan.
Starting way back in 1990, the first ever Macmillan Coffee Morning was a small affair, with a simple idea. Guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their drinks to Macmillan in the process. The first event worked a teat, and so the next year, in 1991, Macmillan decided to take the event nationwide! Since then, the Macmillan Coffee Morning has been held every year and become a well-established event for fundraisers all over the country. Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning has raised over £200 million for Macmillan since its inception and continues be a not-to-miss event for countless people each year within the UK. In the years since the very first Macmillan coffee morning, the event has evolved from a simple meeting over a hot beverage, to so much more. Most hosts and participators of the event will dust off their aprons and create wonderful baked goods and pastries, both sweet and savoury, one of RSVP’s favourite pastimes! Many hosts also hold competitions and raffles for their guests to help raise even more money for the charity.
Here is Kristy enjoying a homemade Malteaser cookie!
Macmillan is a charity close to the hearts of many staff members at RSVP. Staff from both our Manchester and London branches dusted off their aprons and got out their whisks to create some gorgeous creations to share with everyone. We had some devilishly delicious chocolate Bailey’s/Nutella brownies, a Terry’s Chocolate Orange/Crunchie cake, sausage rolls, pizza pinwheels, and many, many more goodies, including treats for our vegan and gluten free staff members too!
Sweet in one hand, savoury in the other! Becky grabs a pizza roll and an apple cinnamon cupcake for dessert!
People came in thick and fast to see what scrumptious snacks they could get their fill of throughout the day, generously donating over and above for the wonderful folks at Macmillan. All in all, between our London and Manchester we made so much money we haven’t even been able to count it all yet, but check out our upcoming social media posts for the Grand Total soon!
Thank you to everyone who donated and everyone who devoted their time to creating some wonderful culinary creations for the cause. Thanks also to the wonderful team behind Macmillan Cancer support and all the incredible work that you do. We can’t wait for next year’s coffee morning already!
If you would like to learn more about Macmillan Cancer Support and the work they do, or if you would like to make your own donation, check out their website here: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/