Support around the area for World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

October 31 2013

HUNDREDS of people across the Downend area tucked into tasty cakes and welcome cuppas in aid of the cancer charity Macmillan.


HUNDREDS of people across the Downend area tucked into tasty cakes and welcome cuppas in aid of the cancer charity Macmillan.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, which takes place every September, has a legion of supporters in our area.

Among them are school pupils, businesses, church groups and individuals who together raised thousands of pounds this year. Nationally, Macmillan was hoping to beat the £10 million the event brought in last year.

Among those who held coffee mornings were Christ Church, Downend, HSBC Downend and T-Shirt Printing and More in Cleeve Wood, which dubbed its event Downend’s Biggest Bristolian Coffee Morning.


Year 13 business students at Downend School organised a coffee morning that raised £400 while the Portcullis at Staple Hill collected £320 with its effort and Staple Hill Primary School’s total was £469.

Bristol & Bath Science Park held an all-day fundraiser in its Cafe Friska.

Griff Holland, one of the founders of Friska, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at the Bristol & Bath Science Park. Members of the Friska team have had direct experience with the fantastic work that Macmillan do and it is a real pleasure to be able to help in our own little way” The ethical café will be donating 50p from every coffee and 50p from every cake sold to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The money raised from the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is used to fund services in the Bristol area such as the welfare benefits advice services run in partnership with the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Other local services that could benefit from money raised are the neurology speech and language therapist based at Frenchay Hospital, and the On Target teenage and young adult programme that is looking as the development of more appropriate cancer services for this age group.

Another possible beneficiary is the Macmillan One to One Support Service, a partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support and healthcare organisations in Bristol.

It is looking particularly at the way in which people are looked after as they move between treatment in hospital and then back at home.

The team of eight Macmillan professionals pride themselves on providing a tailored package of support for each individual they work with. This might be signposting to appropriate information about living with cancer, including rehabilitation support, benefits and grants. It might be helping with information about how to return to work or providing details of other local groups and services.

The team also helps people to recognise the signs and symptoms of a recurrence of cancer, and what to do if they suspect the cancer has returned.

Amy Perrin, Macmillan complex case manager at South Gloucestershire Community Health Services said, “When someone is living with cancer, they can have many support and information needs and it can be difficult to know where to turn. Through the Macmillan One-to-One Support Service we are working with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals across Bristol, to offer additional support, and information for people as they cope with their cancer diagnosis and treatment.”

If you would like support from the Bristol Macmillan One to One Support Service for help and support please contact your existing hospital or community nurse/ doctor / healthcare professional and they can discuss your referral with you. The team can be contacted on 0117 323 2125.