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Raising a cup to help fight cancer
Hundreds of coffee mornings across the Bradford district are expected to add at least £100,000 to charity coffers.
And almost £9,000 was raised at just two of the 1,000-plus events held in the Bradford area.
Macmillan Cancer Support’s annual World’s Biggest Coffee Morning took place across Bradford on September 27 and the charity is now adding up what was raised.
Coffee mornings were held at schools, community groups, care homes and local businesses, all supporting those affected by cancer.
Macmillan’s Fundraising Manager for Bradford Hayley Cooke said: “We had an overwhelming response this year from the Bradford district with over 1,000 individuals registering to take part. We want to make sure no one faces cancer alone but we cannot do it without the amazing people who fundraise for us. We’re so grateful to everyone who’s shown such enthusiasm for coffee morning this year.
“Last year we raised a record-breaking £76,644.66 from the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in Bradford and we really hope we can beat the total this year. We hope it will be over £100,000.”
Jemma Walker hosted her second coffee morning for Macmillan at The Highfield in Idle and raised £4,785.63 when hundreds of people turned out to support the event. Bradford City football player James Hanson, who is originally from Idle, showed his support by drawing the raffle and signing autographs for donations.
Jemma thanked people who supported her event and added: “The money raised exceeded all expectations and will make such a difference to Macmillan Cancer Support West Yorkshire."
Bradford City Football Club’s first Macmillan coffee morning, organised by City kit man John Duckworth, pulled in around £4,000 with donation buckets, cake stalls, a raffle and sale of signed pictures of striker Nahki Wells.
“Everybody knows somebody who’s had cancer and required help from Macmillan somewhere along the line in their life,” John said.
“I was a bit scared the night before that nobody would turn up. When it’s the first time, you do worry about it. But it’s like people said to me beforehand, ‘what if you only raise a pound?’ And I said it would be a pound more than we raised last year.
“I really enjoyed it. I will 100 per cent do it again next year.”
The World's Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support's biggest fundraising event. People across the UK hold a coffee morning, where donations on the day are made to Macmillan.
In 2012, 115,000 people signed up to coffee morning nationally, raising a record £15 million.