Supporters gathered at East Surrey Hospital on Friday (4 October 2013) to support the ever popular Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event.
As well as enjoying a cup of coffee and slice of cake, there was the chance to participate in a raffle and other fundraisers, safe in the knowledge that their contribution will make a huge difference to those whose lives have been affected by cancer.
The extremely popular event organised by staff and patients of the Haematology Department drew in the crowds. The Deputy Mayor of Reigate and Banstead, Cllr Steven Farrer and the Deputy Mayoress Caroline Farrer were amongst those enjoying the baked goods.
He said: “I was extremely honoured to be invited to the coffee morning, it is a cause that is very close to my heart.”
Alison Costain, Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist in Haematology and Julie Martin, Haematology Secretary, organised the fifth annual event.
Alison said: “The coffee morning has always been extremely popular but it couldn’t be done without the help of the Haematology team, the Patient Support Group and the patients who make the event what it is. We couldn’t do it without their help.
She added: “This year the raffle is being run by the Patient Support Group.”
Julie said: “It is all for a good cause and hopefully patients with cancer will benefit from the money raised today. I want to thank those who come back year after year to support the event.”
Staff, patients and their relatives donated the wonderful home-baked goods with all the money raised going to Macmillan. Last year over £3000 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support and the team are hoping for a similar success at this year’s event.
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s flagship fundraiser and has been going for 22 years.