THERE are just a few days to go until Macmillan Cancer Support's flagship fundraiser, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, that takes place throughout Worcestershire this Friday, (September 30).
The charity hopes residents will show their support for the event, reminding them that every slice of cake eaten and cup of coffee poured has the power to help change lives for people living with cancer.
Some successful fundraisers have already been held. On Friday, (September 23), Ombersley Road Methodist Church held its annual event.
The first coffee morning was held at the church in 1994, and raised £36. Over time the event's popularity has grown.
As well as refreshments the fundraiser now features a variety of stalls including books, bric-a-brac, and games, with all the money raised going to the charity.
This year's event impressively raised around £950.
Organiser Dot Johnson said: "I recently called Macmillan for a pack and the man said 'do you know you've raised £11,118 over the years?'.
"I was shocked, I called everyone to tell them.
"The event is more than just a coffee morning.
"It is a good social gathering - visitors see people they haven't seen for a while.
"It's also more than that, many people share their experiences of cancer.
"We just want to raise as much money as possible each year."
There are number of coffee mornings being held for the annual fundraiser in the region:
• Perry Manor care home, in Charles Hastings Way, will be hosting a coffee morning on September 30, between 2pm and 4pm.
Visitors can enjoy a cuppa with residents, along with a tempting selection of homemade cakes and treats, all for a donation to the charity.
• A coffee morning is being held at Hereford Cider Museum, in Pomona Place.
The event is being held on Thursday, September 29, between 10am and noon.
• As well as a coffee morning, Pitman Training, in New Street, will also be running a free drop in session offering career advice at its event.
Centre manager Jazz Chateau and the team will be on hand providing free CV and career tips, as well as a bite to eat, all for voluntary donations to the charity.
The event takes place between 8am and midday on September 30.
• St Peters Tesco, in St Peter's Drive, is holding its third Macmillan coffee morning in their Colleague Room on September 30.
The event takes place between 10am and 12.30pm.
• Co-operative Funeralcare's Hanbury Road branch, Crumps Florist, is opening its doors to the public on September 30.
The coffee morning takes place between 11am and 1pm.
• NPower's Worcester office, in Oak House at Bridwater Road, Warndon, is holding a coffee morning on Wednesday, September 28.
The event includes a bobble hat themed cake competition, with cakes being judged by former Great British Bake Off contestant Martha Collision.
The coffee morning takes place between 9am and 11am.
• Malvern's M&S store cafe is inviting residents to join them for coffee and a slice of cake on Friday, September 30.
The event includes a makeover for the cafe, games with prizes on offer, while staff will be having their head shaved.
Meanwhile the M&S Worcester cafe is offering daily, tasty treats with 10 per cent of every sale going to the charity.
And on the day of the main event, September 30, there will be a coffee morning. M&S loyalty card holders who nominated Macmillan as their chosen charity will also be granted a double donation on every transaction.
• Three Little Pigs, on Pershore’s High Street, will be hosting a coffee morning on Friday, September 30.
The event, in its ninth year, takes place between 10am and noon.
For more on Macmillan Cancer Support's fundraising event visit coffee.macmillan.org.uk.