Each year up and down the country people donate their time and baking skills to hold a Macmillan coffee morning to raise funds. This year my very good friend Sarah from Sarah’s Wacky World and her friend Kelly organised one. They arranged to hold it in a local Methodist Church and when Sarah asked me if I would do some baking, I jumped at the chance.
Macmillan is a charity very close to my heart, having lost my Mum to cancer a couple of years ago. Knowing that there was someone there to help with all the form filling and offering support was so comforting, I was heavily pregnant at the time and still suffering with morning sickness and we had no other relatives close by. Sadly Mum passed away just 6 weeks after diagnosis, but she had already arranged visits from Macmillan to help with certain things. It really was great having that extra support and I can imagine for anyone who suffers for a long time that Macmillan become a lifeline for them – just dealing with your illness alone can be too much, let alone everything else!
Last year I did the Macmillan Big Walk at Clumber Park – unfortunately I am having problems with my knees this year, so can’t take part, however Sarah will be doing it again. I was so pleased that I could help in another way.
I spent Thursday evening in the kitchen and baked a victoria sponge (you can see a recipe for it here) and some plain biscuits which the kids could buy and decorate with icing, sweets and sprinkles. I did a variety of different shapes – stars, circles, bats, crowns and butterflies and the children loved decorating and eating them.
Sarah had printed out some colouring pages and Asda donated some cardboard crowns, which the children loved colouring in! There were also a few stalls, a raffle, and a memory box where everyone could write a message to loved ones lost through cancer – this was a lovely touch, although I have to admit to welling up slightly while trying to write a message for my mum! All the messages will be put on a blog set up for the coffee morning by Sarah.
All in all the morning was a total success, £239.57 was raised for this fantastic charity, and I also recently got in touch with the happy badger, who was thrilled to help out Macmillan by donating £50 directly to them. You can read more about the Happy Badger by clicking on the badge below, and do get in touch if you would like him to help you out! He’s certainly a generous guy!