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The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 2016 with Macmillan Cancer Support

The team here at George Banco recently took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 2016 which is an annual fundraising event in order to raise money for the charity Macmillan Cancer Support. This blog takes a look both at the event itself and what we achieved for Macmillan.

What Is The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning?

The first Macmillan coffee morning was held way back in 1990 when guests were invited to come along and share their stories and experiences of cancer over a cup of coffee. They were asked to donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process. It was a chance to raise money for a great charity and meet like-minded people with whom they could share their feelings and thoughts, and in the process make friends with others who had either suffered directly or had family or friends that had or are still suffering.

The concept grew and has since developed in to the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Last year the event raised over £25 million and since its humble beginnings it has raised in excess of £138 million.

What Did George Banco Ltd Get Up To?

This year’s Macmillan Coffee Morning was held on the 30th of September but sadly due to operational reasons the George Banco team could not take part on the official day itself. So instead of calling it off we did it on Friday 7th October when everyone was available to take part.

We chose to have an office Cake Bake-Off with some of our more creative staff members bringing in their cake related efforts in order to win the coveted accolade of being the 2016 George Banco Master Cake Baker.

Charity Bake Off Winning Entry Cake for World’s Biggest Coffee MorningThere were a number of fantastic efforts although we clearly had one amongst us that knew baking and had to be our hands down winner. Dave, one of our underwriting team leaders trumped everyone else with his amazing Malteser® Cake, and let it be known that there wasn’t a soggy bottom in sight!

Our Bake Off winner Dave commented,

It was a very good and worthwhile event; we have a number of colleagues who have been affected by cancer in one way or another. I’m personally looking forward to next year to see if anyone can try to take the title of best baker from me

Those who couldn’t join in with the Cake Off chose to bring other cake related goodies for us all to enjoy throughout the rest of the day, and in the process raise £86.80 for the cause.

We also took the opportunity to take some time away from the phones and computers to sit down with our fellow team members over a coffee (or tea) to chat about the cancer related experiences we had personally been through. It is surprising how little we actually know about each other’s lives and how much we all learnt about one another in such a short amount of time.

If you want to learn more about the Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Mornings then follow this link and head on over to their website where you can find a huge amount of information about its history, how you can take part and some great ideas on activities you could consider in order to help raise money for Macmillan.