On Sunday 28 September 2014, 500 people of all ages took part in the the London walk to cure diabetes, and Eden Springs supplied each participant with a free bottle of water to keep them perked up and hydrated for their walk! Check out some photos from the day and to find out more information about what you could do to help raise money for type 1 diabetes visit www.jdrf.org.uk.
Want your colleagues to get behind a good cause and strengthen your team at the same time? A Macmillan coffee morning could be the charity and coffee fix your workplace needs to bring your employees together for a great cause. And now’s as good a time as ever – with Macmillan hosting “The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” on September 26th.
What’s Macmillan About?
First founded in 1911, Macmillan Cancer Support has grown to become the largest cancer care and support charity in the UK. With 98% of Macmillan’s income generated solely from donations – they rely on the help of volunteers and fundraisers to support their essential work.
Cancer’s severe effects impact upon people’s lives in many ways. Macmillan work to provide support from diagnosis to recovery – helping cancer sufferers maintain as much control over their lives as possible. From providing counselling and guidance to financial help for those who have lost their job due to cancer, Macmillan are there 24/7 to support people struggling through an incredibly tough ordeal.
How Does The Coffee Morning Work?
With their first coffee morning held in 1990, Macmillan’s coffee mornings have gone on to be their biggest fundraising event yet. Their coffee mornings can be held at any time, by anyone – all you need to do is register and organise your very own event!
The premise is simple. Lay on a spread with coffee, tea and cakes – even sandwiches if you’re feeling fancy – and ask your colleagues or friends to make a donation to Macmillan instead of paying for their drinks and snacks.
Image Courtesy of Matthew Kang
Planning The Ultimate Coffee Morning
So now you’re well informed and prepared to start raising money, why not see if you can push your donations to the max? With our tips, you can make your office coffee morning a huge success:
Get everyone on board by asking permission from your managers and checking your colleagues are up to the challenge. You may be allowed to shift your work’s lunch hour forward or, alternatively, organise it on a weekend.
Send out invites by emailing your whole team – and make sure they RSVP so you know how much coffee and cake is required on the day!
Recruit volunteers to help on the day. Unless you plan to spend the week baking and folding napkins, you’re bound to need a helping hand. Ask your employer if they are willing to assign a budget for supplies and snacks. Alternatively – put your colleagues’ baking skills to the test by asking volunteers to each bring a cake along to sell. Check out Eden’s handy cake recipes if you’re in need of a little inspiration.
Ensure things run smoothly by keeping organised on the day. Remember to assign tasks to your volunteers during the event – from setting up the cake stand to collecting the rubbish at the end.
Spread the word to make your coffee morning a raging success and drum up business. Macmillan have created free posters which you can download and print-off – or you can get creative and make your own for that extra special touch.
Boost your donations by holding fun activities throughout your coffee morning. Not only will this mean more money to donate to a great cause, but it will also provide entertainment for attendees. From raffles and tombolas to games and novelty auctions, there’s always a way to raise more money and have fun in the process. Ask your boss if you can raffle-off an extra day’s holiday if they’re feeling generous!
Make the money go further by asking your attendees to Gift Aid their donation. For every £1 donated, Macmillan can receive an extra 25p if the donation has come from a UK taxpayer – simply print off the handy Gift Aid form and ask your attendees to fill it in between sampling cakes!
Although you can host your Macmillan coffee morning anytime, this September brings an extra special date to the calendar. On September 26th 2014, Macmillan are attempting to host the “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” by encouraging people around the country to hold their own event. Last year, Macmillan managed to raise an incredible £20.5 million for cancer support and the bar is set high for 2014. Don’t forget to order your free fundraising kit from Macmillan to help get your coffee morning off to a great start!
Who’s bringing the coffee then? Eden Springs supply coffee and hot drinks machines to offices around the UK. So if your office is in need of some caffeination, or your staff need a warm cuppa to get motivated in the morning, we’ve got the solution.
Eden Springs recently helped out celebrations of the Big Brownie Birthday, celebrating 100 years of Brownies, by donating some free bottled water to their celebrations. Here’s hoping the water helped them wash down all those cakes!
Eden Springs’ Darryl Johnson is running the Virgin London Marathon for the Charity Children with Cancer and to highlight Eden’s free water for charity fundraisers initiative.
Running through the wall
Nobody said training for a marathon was easy – far from it. Darryl has been running hard and putting in some good miles for his training, including a particularly tough 14.5 run that took it out of him (although he doesn’t look too bad afterwards in the first picture below!).
He’s also been working on speed, taking part in timed 5k ‘Parkruns’ that are organised around the country.
If you’re pushing yourself hard for a charity cause, consider applying for a free case of bottled water from Eden to help you meet your goals! Apply for a charity water donation
UK Coffee Week runs from 7–13 April 2014 and brings together lovers of coffee in an effort to provide safe access to clean water, through Project Waterfall, for people in the countries that so often grow the coffee we consume.
5 bean challenge – win coffee stuff!
This year Eden Springs Coffee Machines have partnered with Garraways.co.uk to offer a £50 voucher as a prize in the fantastic ’5 bean coffee challenge’.
Complete five coffee-related achievements, ranging from downloading the delightfully-named Hot Coffee theme song to purchasing a limited-edition London coffee guide, to be in with a chance of winning, have some fun and know you’re supporting a charity project in Tanzania that could directly save lives.
Yes, UK Coffee Week really does have its own theme song! You can listen to it here.
Ran the Ashby 20 yesterday in the lovely warm sunshine!
1200+ people turned up for the race, which is organised to coincide with London marathon training.
There was a fantastic atmosphere and great support all round from local people embracing the race as part of local culture.
Personally I was very pleased with my race with a very modest 3hrs 22min. The last two miles were very tough going but I achieved yet another milestone: every step over 19 miles was a step further than I’d ever run in my life.
I got very emotional at the end as four years ago my life was as low as it has ever been (won’t go into details) and I have been able to turn my life around – with the support and belief in me from my family and true friends (mostly my gorgeous fiance), set myself goals AND achieve them. Life is good right now
Hi, My name is Darryl Johnson and I work in route operations at Eden Springs’ Leicestershire (Coalville) branch. On 13 April 2014 I will be undertaking the challenge of my life: I am running the London Marathon.
I have had tremendous support and sponsorship from Eden Springs and staff from all over the Eden network for which I am eternally grateful; without you all this would not have been possible. I’m going to do my best to keep you updated with how my training and runs are progressing on the Eden Springs blog – keep you eyes peeled!
I am running for the charity Children with Cancer. Children with Cancer UK is the leading national children’s charity dedicated to the fight against all childhood cancers.
Around 3,600 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK. Our aims are to determine the causes, find cures and provide care for children with cancer.
The reason I have chosen this charity is because I believe we have it within our power to help these very brave children who are struck by this evil disease in the prime of their innocence.
Every mile I run and all the pain I’m going through (and believe me there’s a lot of that) is nothing compared to what these very brave souls are going through. I want to help them.
Big softie raises big money
My training has been very tough at times and very demanding but I have stuck to it and most of the time enjoyed it. 6 months ago I ran a half marathon (13.1 miles) with next-to-no training; just a good base level of fitness. I got very emotional afterwards…that’s just me – big softie!
I am now up to 20 miles training runs! Never ever thought those words would come from my mouth.
As the marathon draws closer I am getting more and more confident that I will NOT let these children and all those that have supported me down.
At last count my fund pot sits at over £1,500 – how amazing is that?! Thank you, thank you, thank you all.
Eden water helps out again at Carsington 7+ charity run
We were delighted to once again donate water in benefit of the RSPCA Derby Carsington 7+ charity run around Carsington Water. Taking in the spectacular views across the water, the event is organised and staffed by Derby & District RSPCA who provided much needed Eden liquid refreshment to the runners!
The event also incorporates the Stones Island Spin, and short one-mile family race.
The photos below show it was another very successful event!