On Wednesday 24th of October, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham, attended the “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” in connection with Macmillan Cancer Support. This event is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event as people all over the UK host their own Coffee Morning where donations can be made. The first Coffee Morning happened in 1990 and comes from a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process.

Jon Cruddas MP said: “Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is a fantastic annual fixture in the parliamentary calendar, and I was pleased to show my support at the event.

“The focus of Coffee Morning has always been encouraging people to get together and talk about all the issues people living with cancer have to deal with. This year’s event provided a really important opportunity to hear more about the financial, physical and emotional challenges that people can face after finishing cancer treatment.”

Macmillan is attempting to help those affected by cancer live their lives as fully as they can. Four million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in the UK by 2030. Macmillan’s ambition is from the moment of diagnosis and whenever they are needed, they will be there to help people find their best way through, with an individualized approach.

As a fundraising effort, Coffee Mornings help support the 400,000 people each year in the UK struggle to pay their bills because of their diagnosis among others affected by cancer. So far this year, Coffee Mornings have raised £16,526,645 with hopes of raising £27,000,000 by the end of the year. This funding helps the Organization support the estimated 1.6 million people who received personal, high impact support from Macmillan professionals or services in the last year.

Getting involved is very simple. There are two things one can do, go to a Coffee Morning near you or host one.  To find a Coffee Morning near you, one can easily check the map on the website and participate in that way. If one would like to get more involved, one can host their own Coffee Morning. Directions and tips can be found on the Macmillan Website (https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk), all one must do is sign up and wait for their kit to arrive. While you wait, there are posters and games that can be accessed on the website. At the end, the money is donated and used to carry out the different work done by Macmillan Cancer Support.