Macmillan Coffee Morning WBCM151

Today sees the much-welcomed return of The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, a day dedicated to cake, coffee and chat, raising much-needed funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Macmillan are dedicated to providing medical, emotional and financial support to those living with Cancer, of which there are over two million in the UK. This number is increasing by 3.2% every year – if this rate continues this could see four million people living with cancer by 2030. What better way to raise awareness of this very worthy cause than with a chance to meet friends and family over coffee and cake?

1991 saw the first National World’s Biggest Coffee Morning with 2,600 registered events being held, and since then it has raised over £113 million in total for Macmillan Cancer Support, with 154,000 coffee mornings and £20 million raised last year alone! This year, thousands of events are being held across the country, including here in Lincolnshire. You can find your nearest Coffee Morning on the Macmillan website.

In the lead up to this year’s event, Macmillan released some fun statistics about the nation’s coffee and cake habits;

  • StephenFrylaunchesMacmillansWorldsBiggestCoffeeMorninglo1Stephen Fry, David Attenborough Nigella Lawson, Joanna Lumley and Julie Walters are top of the list of people would most like to go for a coffee with.
  • 51% of those surveyed by OnePoll said they’d pick a cup of coffee over a brew, and are most likely to have one at 10.48am.
  • Brits enjoy an average of 2.63 coffees every day, with over a quarter (27%) gulping down least 4 coffees a day, the equivalent of 91,980 mugs in a lifetime!
  • Whilst lattes (20%) and cappuccinos (15%) are popular choices, over half (55%) of those polled admitted that they were most likely to go for the easy instant option when making it for themselves.

Stephen Fry said: “I’m delighted to have been named as the person the Great British public would most like to go for a coffee with – what a lovely lot they are! In case you were wondering, we’d go to a quiet coffee shop, I’d have a strong black coffee and we’d both indulge in my favourite cake, a hefty slice of Lemon Polenta.

“The work Macmillan does really is invaluable and the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is a fantastic way of getting people together to raise money for such a worthwhile cause – I wish everyone taking part the best of luck!”

For more information about The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, cake recipes and event information, visit the Macmillan Coffee Morning website.