Local trust company, Hawksford, invited its neighbours for coffee and cake last Friday as part of Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, and raised £450 for the good cause.
On Friday 28th September, offices, community groups, friends and families gathered to take part in this national initiative to raise money for the charity which supports sufferers of cancer and their families.
The annual event first took place in 1990, when a local Macmillan supporters group in the UK decided to hold a coffee morning – as they might ordinarily do – but donated the proceeds of their coffee to Macmillan. The idea seemed simple, yet effective, so they suggested the idea be adopted nationally. The first nationwide World’s Biggest Coffee Morning was then launched in 1991. That year 2,600 people registered to hold coffee mornings across the country. Since then it has raised over £60 million in total for Macmillan Cancer Support, and has continued to grow every year – in 2011 the event raised £10,079,153.
‘We were surprised by how many people came down to support our initiative,’ said Peter Murley, chief executive. ‘It was a great opportunity for many of Jersey’s finance businesses to come together to raise money for charity. It was superb and I’m delighted we’ve raised £450.’
Hawksford provided the Esplanade with a coffee cart which served regular coffees, mocha, cappuccino and latte coffees for just £1, with the profits from each sale going towards Macmillan.