Have a coffee and help beat cancer

Banbury Cake: A-Plan staff who are taking part in the coffee morning Buy this photo A-Plan staff who are taking part in the coffee morning

OFFICE workers, senior citizens, toddlers, shoppers – and even the staff of the Oxford Mail – will be having a break for coffee tomorrow.

Now in its 22nd year, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning encourages people to get together for coffee and sweet treats, while making donations towards Macmillan Cancer Support’s work.

And the challenge for this year’s event is to better the record £10.8m the event raised in 2011.

Here in Oxfordshire there is no shortage of groups eager to get the kettle on.

Ron Skinner, 66, is a resident of Fry’s Court, in Boxhill Road, Abingdon.

The father-of-two said: “I saw the event advertised and thought that was just our kind of thing. So I sent off for the event pack and I’ve put posters up all over the development and around the town.

“I’ve roped a team of ladies here into baking and gathering other sweet things and we will have gallons of tea and coffee in our kitchen.

“On top of that we’ve got Nostalgia, a local two-piece music combo who will be playing and have donated their fee to Macmillan too. I suppose it is going to be a bit of knees-up.

“We are starting at 11am and going on until ‘whenever’, and hopefully we will raise some good funds for people suffering from cancer.”

Safia Baker, 41, from Barton, is also staging her first Macmillan Coffee Morning. The mum-of-two said: “Having lost my dad, my cousin and an aunty to cancer, I knew I wanted to be involved.”

“All my friends are baking for it and I have hired St Mary’s Church Hall here in Barton to hold it in. The event will run from 9am to midday.”

For details of how to get involved and information on more venues taking part in Oxfordshire, visit  www.macmillan.org.uk/maketime

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The staff at A-Plan Insurance in High Street, Oxford, have already started their fundraising, ahead of the coffee and cake, and are thrilled to have £500 in the ‘pot’.

Branch manager Michael Foord said: “We are one of many A-Plan insurance branches taking part for the first time this year and we are really looking forward to it.”

Even the journalists and advertising staff at the Oxford Mail and Times will be making time to help Macmillan – with our base in Osney Mead hosting coffee and cakes for staff.

Sales executive and coffee morning organiser Corrine Simmons explained: “My dad died of cancer and many other people here have experienced its terrible effects, so we wanted to do what we could for this fabulous charity.

“We have asked people from throughout the building to bake us cakes and there will also be a prize cake competition to stir people into action.”

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