M&S High Street Kensington is celebrating 10 years of partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support this September with a host of activities to raise funds for local people affected by cancer, including hosting a Wall of Support and a fundraising event on 27th September for Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
New this year, M&S High Street Kensington has introduced a Wall of Support to encourage customers and colleagues to share their messages of support and “Raise a Mug” for Macmillan or a loved one. Mug message notes are available to purchase from check-outs for £1, and customers are encouraged to stick their message on the Wall of Support. Store colleagues will also be taking part in a spin-a-thon to raise additional funds, along with a staff sale and ‘guess the number of cherries in the cherry pie’ competition.
What’s more, M&S High Street Kensington is inviting customers to join them for an extra special cup of coffee and slice of cake throughout September, in aid of the charity’s fundraising efforts. A special purple and green Colin the Caterpillar will be returning for a second year, amongst a host of other well-loved cakes, including a Lemon Drizzle and four-pack of Mini Victoria Sponges, with proceeds going to Macmillan. The Café is once again showing its support by donating 5p from every sale of coffee or a slice of cake throughout September to Macmillan.
Last year, M&S High Street Kensington raised more than £3,000 to support Macmillan Allied Health Professionals in hospitals and within the local community, such as nurses, occupational therapists and dieticians. M&S Food stores and M&S Cafes nationwide will join forces again this year to host their own Macmillan Coffee Mornings on 27th September.
Sarah Coates, Macmillan Ambassador at M&S High Street Kensington, said: “We’re really excited to be celebrating 10 years of M&S Food’s partnership with Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. We’re looking forward to welcoming customers to our Macmillan Coffee Morning and fundraising activities, as well as seeing their messages on our new Macmillan Wall of Support.
“With the number of people living with cancer constantly growing, widespread support has never been more important. Macmillan professionals are a lifeline for many patients and their families, giving crucial emotional support, helping manage treatment side effects and sharing practical advice like diet and lifestyle tips.”
Adam Nash, Senior Partnerships Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, added: “We’re thrilled to be celebrating this milestone anniversary with M&S Food, and having it marked with the brand-new Walls of Support. Colin the Caterpillar will also be given a Macmillan makeover once more, donning his purple and green sprinkles in aid of Coffee Morning. All the money raised by M&S staff and customers will go towards funding Macmillan professionals to help people with cancer live life as fully as they can.”
Alongside this, M&S Food is introducing more products into its Macmillan Coffee Morning range than ever before, with 10 per cent of sales from each product donated to the charity. Available throughout September, the range will include fresh cream cakes for the first time, with favourites such as Chocolate Eclairs, Strawberry Tarts and Jam & Cream Horns, as well as a delicious box of six Assorted Cream Cakes. Joining the cakes this year will be limited-edition “Fancy a Coffee?” and “Fancy a Cuppa?” mugs as well as a stylish and sustainable new travel cup for hot drinks on the move.
Across a decade of fundraising, M&S Food has raised over £16.3 million as official partner to Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. All donations from M&S go towards funding Macmillan professionals who support the growing number of people living with cancer to live life as fully as they can. In the last year alone, M&S Food raised almost £3 million, enough to fund 55 Macmillan professionals for a year. An incredible £2 million came from the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, running throughout September.
Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is taking place on Friday 27 September 2019. To get involved visit www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee and join the conversation on social media using #CoffeeMorning.