The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is MacMillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising event. Every year, people all over the world host their own Coffee Morning, and proceeds from the day are donated to the charity. Since the first Coffee Morning in 1990, over £200m has been raised to help the fight against cancer.

On Friday 28th September 2018, we joined the cause by hosting Coffee Mornings across five of our care homes. Atlas Home Support, our supported living facility for people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions, sensory impairment, and autism, joined in with the baking, tasting and fundraising, too.

“There was an abundance of cake — from pink layer to hummingbird — everyone who came along was spoilt for choice! Our event was in the Carlton Lounge, which was decorated nicely with balloons and bunting. All the residents enjoyed relaxing and having a good chat” — Claire Bliss, Activities Coordinator at Manton Heights Care Centre, Bedford

Residents at Brentwood Care Centre in Essex and Park View Care Centre in Ashford (Kent) got their hands dirty in the kitchen and baked cakes to sell to visitors.

“I honestly couldn’t even begin to tell you how amazing the event was. It was a great success with so many visitors. The entertainment was terrific, and the residents had a grand day” — Kristie Baxter, Hotel Services Manager at Brentwood Care Centre, Essex

Staff and residents at Queens Court Nursing Home, Buckhurst Hill, found their inner Mary Berry and baked the weirdest and wildest cakes they could. Keeping with the TV theme, there was even a chance for residents and staff to get their hands on a much sought-after Brucie Bonus in a fiercely competitive cake decorating Generation Game event.

Chelmsford-based singer Robert Jerome provided the entertainment at Queens Court, and everyone had a good old singalong.

“Some of the staff and residents here have been affected by cancer, and we felt it was a worthy cause to help. We had a great morning playing games, from guessing the length of the sausage roll to placing a cherry on the cake. Everyone enjoyed the morning, and it was a nice opportunity to all come together while stuffing our faces” — Jenny Ward, Manager, Atlas Home Support

RCH raised over £260 — thank you to everyone who made the morning such a great success.