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!
Eden Springs donate water to a range of charity fundraisers, and we’ve decided to find out a bit more about some of them. First up are the Three Belles, a 40s-style vocal group who are raising money for The British Legion by adopting the Ministry of Food 1944 ration book diet!
Tell us a bit about yourselves?
We are a professional vocal trio who have been performing as a company for 3 years. We sing in the 1940s style of The Andrews Sisters in three part harmony, and we tour far and wide, performing at all kinds of events. We also produce our own 1940s theatre shows and experience nights.
How has Eden Spring’s donation of water helped you with your fundraising?
Well us Belles go through a lot of water when singing, so whilst we are eating only rations this week, it is nice to have some good bottled water to see us through the gigs!
Why did you decide to do your Ration Book Challenge?
We adopted The Royal British Legion Surrey as our charity this year and we aim to do as much as we can for them to help raise awareness and money. The Ration Book Challenge seemed like a fun thing to do, in keeping with our 1940s theme, and hopefully will raise some cash for this amazing charity. We have learnt a lot about rationing over the years and have always imagined what it would be like, but now we can live it and see how hard it really was for civilians in WW2.
Why did you choose to raise money for The British Legion?
The RBL “Helps serving members of the Armed Forces, ex-Service men and women and their families, now and for the rest of their lives”. This touched us as we meet a lot of war veterans at the 1940s events, military events and care homes that we sing at. They always have such incredible stories to tell us and often they are in need of a great deal of care. They have made a great sacrifice to serve for our country and so it is our duty to help care for them afterwards, and us girls want to do whatever we can to help these brave people.
Is this the first time you’ve raised money for charity? If not, how else have you raised money and who for?
We have performed at many charity events before for Macmillan, Help For Heroes, and some smaller local and private charities. We have held auctions and raffles to raise money for charities and often donate our CDs and merchandise for raffles and auctions when requested.
Why do you think raising money for charity is important?
There are charities for a reason. People clearly need help outside of state funding and that is why a charity such as The Royal British Legion needs so many volunteers and fundraisers- because there are so many people in need. When you see how expensive a wheelchair or hospital equipment is, you can see how important it is that they raise the funds quickly. From our point of view, it is important for us to raise awareness also for the charity. We are in our early 20s and charities such as the RBL need young people to start getting involved.
What would be your advise for others trying to raise money for charity?
Aim for a target slightly higher than you think is possible; that way it really pushes you to get the sponsors or donations that you need. Be creative and make a sacrifice – friends and family love to see you suffer!