A few weeks ago, I was invited to my local Marks & Spencer to hear all about their links with Macmillan and it’s annual coffee morning. I’m aware of what a fantastic job Macmillan professionals do and knew of the coffee mornings they encourage people to host. In this post I want to share with you a little more about the links between M&S and Macmillan and how I even decided to host my own coffee morning after feeling inspired.
Finding out about M&S and Macmillan
M&S have supported Macmillan Cancer Support for a long time and sponsor their annual ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’. This event helps to raise crucial funds for people living with cancer and brings communities together. It is now in its ninth year.
The funds raised from events such as the coffee morning mean that Macmillan professionals such as nurses, occupational therapists and dieticians are able to carry out their important roles. These exist in local hospitals and also throughout the community.
The Amazing Work Done So Far
Since the partnership between M&S and Macmillan began, an amazing Â£13 million has been raised for the charity. In 2018, the money raised has help to fund 65 vital Macmillan professional posts. This has allowed essential medical, practical and emotional support to be provided to cancer sufferers and their families.
So this is a little bit of info about the links between M&S and Macmillan, now lets get on to what happened when I went in store!
Arriving In Store
So this was what I was greeted with when I arrived in store. When purchased, some M&S merchandise from the Foodhall such as this Colin the caterpillar cake would mean that 10% of profits were donated to Macmillan.
Other products on sale throughout September in M&S Foodhalls with profits being donated to the charity included Macmillan themed doughnuts, Victoria Sponge, Chocolate Fudge, Coffee and Walnut and Lemon Drizzle cakes, the Teatime cupcake selection, as well as a bespoke coffee and tea blend selection.
Macmillan themed items such as mugs, shopping bags and pens were also available in store, again donating 10% of profits to the charity. Additionally, M&S cafes donated 5p from every coffee, tea, herbal tea and cake they sold throughout September.
Inside the Goodie Bag
Above, myself and the other bloggers invited to find out about M&S and Macmillan – Jess from Jessica Loves and Shel fromÂ The Willow Tree.Â We were also given goodie bags containing items linked to the Macmillan coffee morning.
These were the contents of the goodie bag. I couldn’t wait to try the various cakes and thought that the pen and shopping bag would be perfect to throw in my handbag.
Also included in the bag were leaflets – a recipe for yummy chocolate cookies with coconut cream, and some information on how coffee mornings can change lives.
The information sheet states that 2.5 million people are currently living with cancer in the UK. That is 400,000 more than just 5 years ago so this is an ever growing challenge. Each Macmillan Nurse helps 157 cancer patients, so you can see how important these vital funds are for them. The sheet also explains how their money is spent, from inclusion to financial support.
The final item in the bag was an invite to the Macmillan coffee morning at my local M&S. I love Beauty and the Beast and thought the event sounded fun so was very eager to attend! After finding out about the amazing job Macmillan do, and how M&S help, I wanted to show my support.
As you can see, even my cat Jasper was eager to be part of the action!
Coffee Morning in Store
So on Friday 28th September, my momma, daughter and I arrived in store to check out their coffee morning.
Outside the cafe was this sign, informing customers that 5p from their purchases would be donated to the charity.
You can really see the Beauty and the Beast theme in action here – I loved it!
A lovely range of yummy cakes. Now the difficult decision of knowing what to pick!
The theme continued throughout the cafe, with these little notes.
I had to go for the rainbow cake – just look at those colourful layers!
There were plenty of Macmillan decorations, as well as staff dressed in Macmillan t-shirts. Some staff also dressed up as characters from Beauty and the Beast.
Here was my tea and cake – it was so good! And great to know that purchasing it would help the charity in a small way. We were also able to pop our donations in a bucket that would be given directly to Macmillan.
My Coffee Morning
So after hearing all about the links between M&S and Macmillan, and the incredible job the charity do, I was eager to host my very own coffee morning! Therefore I invited some friends and family round on a Sunday morning and encouraged them to bring cakes as well as plenty of cash for donations! My niece and my lovely momma very kindly helped me to set up for the event.
I had ordered a pack previously from the coffee morning section of the Macmillan website. It was full of lots of helpful items to make the event a success such as a table cloth, decorations, labelling for the cakes as well as some games.
Cake, Cake and More Cake!
I was so pleased with the lovely cakes and biscuits my guests had bought with them – don’t they look so yummy? My guests were also provided with drinks lists including many varieties of coffee, tea, hot chocolate and soft drinks too. I didn’t want them going thirsty after all that cake!
Included in the pack I’d received were various games and competitions for my guests – so I needed to make sure I provided them with great prizes! I thought these mug sets were lovely and continued the coffee morning theme perfectly.
These were the games – place the cherry on the gateau and guess the weight of the fruit cake. My guests enjoyed participating in these games and donated to play. The winners were very pleased with their prizes!
A Text Donation
In this day and age, people don’t always have cash on them. So I decided that I would share with them my text code to donate if they wanted to – all they had to do was text BUN MWA4 to 70550 to donate Â£5. The money would go straight to Macmillan.
So many lovely treats…now what to pick first?!
My niece had lots of fun displaying the cakes and writing what they were. I think she did a great job!
By the end of the event, not many cakes were left! Don’t these cupcakes look so tasty?
Once the event was over, I decide it was time for me to reward myself for a great event by enjoying one last cake! After counting donations from my guests, we had raised Â£115 which I was really pleased about. I’m hoping to host another coffee morning next year as this one was so much fun!
So that is the M&S Macmillan Coffee Morning in a bit of a nutshell. It was so great learning about the links between M&S and this great charity as well as do my bit by hosting my own event. Did you attend an event this year? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…