OUR campaign to encourage people to put the kettle on to raise tens of thousands of pounds to help cancer patients across Doncaster is going full steam ahead.
More than 200 people have already signed up to take part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s World Biggest Coffee Morning in a bid to ensure the fundraising target of £35,000 is reached and hopefully surpassed.
Dedicated fundraiser Georgina Mullis, who has held a coffee morning for the past 21 years is now more committed than ever after one of her friends tragically died from cancer just days after last year’s event.
Fundraising Stalwart Georgina Mullis who has raised tens of thousand of pounds over the years with her open house event has been spurred on by the death of her friend of 57 years Phyllis Cocksedge who died eight days after attending last year’s coffee morning.
Mrs Mullis said; “Phyllis used to come to my coffee morning every year and it will be very difficult this year because she used to really look forward to it but this has just spurred me on even more to keep going with the coffee morning.
“Phyllis didn’t even know that she had cancer at first but towards the end Macmillan were just fantastic.
“The fact is everyone know someone who has been affected by cancer and this is just a small way people can do their bit for the charity.
“Even if people just get together with a few friends and raise £20 that all helps.
“It’s so important to support Macmillan because you just never know when you may need them.”
All the money raised in Doncaster will stay right here in the borough helping cancer patients and will include providing care for patients at St John’s Hospice in Balby.
The charity also responds to the financial difficulties encountered by people affected by cancer and their carers.
It funds a benefits helpline and a team of welfare rights advisors who can help people navigate the complex claims system and help with form filling, as well as a small grants programme for people with cancer on low incomes.
Last year alone over £64,000 was distributed in Doncaster to help with the extra costs of heating, travel to and from hospital and for small items of equipment such as a liquidiser.
While the event traditionally involves people having straightforward coffee mornings, increasingly people are expanding their events to include other fundraising such as raffles, book or brica-brac stalls, wine-tasting evenings, quiz nights, ladies pamper days and family fun days.
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning day is on September 28. For more information, fundraising ideas or to sign up visit www.macmillan. org.uk/coffee or call 0845 602 1246.
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