Author and TV presenter Cat Cubie is urging people to take part in a cancer support charity’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning as it faces a dramatic drop in income due to coronavirus.
Macmillan Cancer Support is hoping people will get creative about how they take part this year by holding virtual coffee mornings or signing up for its new Coffee Morning Challenge to raise funds by taking on a personal challenge with a run, walk or cycle.
Although Friday September 25 is the official day of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, events can be held at any time.
Cat Cubie and her children Roar, three, and Indy, five, held an early outdoor coffee morning and urged others to organise their own.
She said: “I urge everyone to get involved with Macmillan’s fundraising this month. You can still have your own wee coffee morning, eat all the cakes, then get on your bikes and do a fundraising challenge.
“This year has been devastating, not just because of the impact of Covid-19 but what it has meant for cancer patients. A diagnosis is always so scary and can feel lonely, but experiencing it through this pandemic has been really isolating for many.
“I have a personal connection to Macmillan and have taken part in the Big Coffee Morning for years, but supporting them in 2020 is more important than ever.”
Macmillan said it funds hundreds of nurses, support workers, benefits advisers and other vital roles across the NHS and social care system in Scotland and provides a support line that offers expert advice from cancer nurses, as well as welfare rights and money specialists.
Each year Macmillan also gives out around £2 million in grants to people with cancer in Scotland to help them with everything from paying their rent to covering transport costs to and from treatment.
Janice Preston, Macmillan’s head of services in Scotland, said: “Right now people with cancer need Macmillan’s support more than ever before.
“Many of us are struggling right now but having cancer during a pandemic brings a huge amount of additional stress and difficulty.
“We want to be there for everyone who needs us but we rely on donations for almost all of our income.
“We’re so grateful to all of those who are holding a coffee morning or raising money for us in another way. We need support now more than ever.”
More information can be found at coffee.macmillan.org.uk
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