Last week Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, joined local residents at the Pegasus Club, Corringham for a coffee morning raising vital funds for cancer support charity, Macmillan.
Described as the ‘world’s biggest coffee morning’, Macmillan’s largest fundraising event sees people across the UK hold a coffee morning with all proceeds and donations going to the charity. Last year 115,000 people signed up raising a record £15 million, Macmillan are hoping to beat that this year.
Statistics suggest that one in three people will get cancer at some point their lives. Macmillan aim to help sufferers through their experience by providing medical, emotional, practical, and financial support. They also campaign for a better cancer care system.
Mr Metcalfe commented: “There are currently 2 million people living with cancer in the UK. By 2030, this number will have doubled to 4 million. Charities such as Macmillan are a vital source of support, encouragement, and inspiration to cancer sufferers up and down the country and I want to do all I can to ensure that they can continue their work long into the future.”
“Coffee mornings are a simple but extremely effective way of doing this. Not only do they give you the opportunity to meet some truly incredible people but they provide the perfect opportunity to demonstrate your support for a fantastic charity and in doing so, raise vital funds.”
“I would like to thank all those who attended and gave so generously and I would especially like to thank Georgina Clarke for organising the event and inviting me along. It was a great morning and I look forward to supporting the charity more in the future.”
It is not too late to hold a coffee morning. All you need to do is sign up and Macmillan will send you a coffee morning kit, full of everything you need for a successful event. For further information or to find out if there is an event already being held near you visit: http://coffee.macmillan.org.uk