Macmillan Cancer Support is a great cause as so many of our lives are touched by cancer. I remember when my boss and mentor was dying of cancer, he told me that the Macmillan nurse was the best person to help him, with more experience and understanding than the doctors and consultants that he saw. He died after a brave fight, the day after his 70th birthday, six years ago. A few days after he died I saw an advertisement for the Macmillan Coffee Morning and I asked the Board – his family – if I could host a coffee morning at work at the end of September. Of course they agreed, so friends and colleagues baked and bought and we raised a substantial amount of money for this worthy cause.
I have continued to support Macmillan since then, I ran another coffee morning ,even though it always coincides with my birthday weekend, and I ran a ‘Big Night In’ fundraiser which is a less well known event. The last two years, I have contributed to and helped at school’s Macmillan Coffee Morning, then brought any leftover cake back to my office one year and my Hairdresser’s another year, to further boost the coffers. It is a genius idea as most people love cake and so, to raise money by baking, eating and getting together does not feel like a big hardship.
I will be overseas tomorrow when the coffee morning at school is due to take place, so I have baked a coffee cake and some chocolate brownies to send into school today with Joshua as my contribution, as well as sending him with some cash to be able to buy cake tomorrow morning, so I am happy that I have still done my bit. I understand that classes will be getting involved by baking and selling their produce, as well as making tablecloths and bunting to decorate the dining area. The parents from other local Special Schools are also invited along, so it should be a success in more ways than one. These fund raising, school-wide coffee mornings tend to attract many more parents than my monthly ones do – perhaps because the children are involved or maybe they are attracted by the fund-raising element. I will be thinking of them all tomorrow at school and hoping that everyone has fun and enjoys some delicious treats, while raising a huge amount of cash for Macmillan Cancer Support.