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Raising a Cup!

 

A coffee break with a difference is being planned throughout Norfolk on September 28th as workers and members of the public raise their cups and funds for a national cancer charity. 

“The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” is once again being organised by Macmillan Cancer Support. 

Already 500 registration forms have been received from people prepared to hold their own coffee mornings and events and workers prepared to raise money during their tea or lunch breaks at work. 

Last year’s event attracted 797 separate “coffee mornings” in Norfolk and raised £125,000. The aim this year is to have 1,000 events and raise £148,000. Last year’s event raised £6.7million nationally for the charity which is 99% funded by public donations. 

“People enjoy a cup of coffee together and raise money through tombolas, raffles and various other sales to help us provide practical, emotional, medical and financial support to cancer sufferers and their families,” said Helen Chapman, Macmillan Community Fundraiser for Norfolk. 

Whilst most people are aware of the caring support from Macmillan, few know that the charity also provides financial support. 

“Last year in Norfolk 140 cancer patients received £60,000 to provide support including hospital visits, family holidays, medical costs and numerous other items,” Helen said adding that at present Norfolk has 45 professionals working within the Macmillan umbrella including nurses, doctors and dieticians. 

The charity works tirelessly throughout South Norfolk with a special project running at the Citizen’s Advice Bureaus in Attleborough, Thetford and Diss that provides welfare and benefits advice and support to cancer patients. Macmillan and the CAB are working together to provide information, advice, assistance and support. In addition the charity’s only shop in Norfolk is in Hethersett. 

On a wider county basis, Macmillan has a cancer care treatment centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn and also a team that works out of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. 

Over 3,000 people are diagnosed as suffering from cancer in Norfolk each year and one in three people will be affected by the disease during their lifetime – either suffering directly or having relatives with the disease. 

At the present time Macmillan nationally comes into contact with one in four sufferers. By 2010 they aim to reach everyone living with cancer. 

Registration for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning can be made by telephoning 0845 602 1246 or online at www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee.