M&S, Macmillan And Joanna Lumley Do Coffee And Cake For Cancer Support

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Marks & Spencer’s Plan A Ambassador, Joanna Lumley, today hosted her own Macmillan Coffee Morning at M&S High Street in Kensington. The coffee morning is part of the company’s headline sponsorship of Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

The extra special coffee morning kick started a season of coffee mornings which will be happening all over the country including thousands taking place on the official World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – Friday 30th September.

Joanna was joined by Sarah Hodge, a Macmillan Professional Occupational Therapist, Macmillan CEO Lynda Thomas and M&S Sparks members to enjoy coffee and cake. The group heard from Sarah on the importance of the partnership, which funds Macmillan professionals, before tucking into the very best of M&S’s sweet treats.

Joanna Lumley (right) with Macmillan’s Sarah Hodge at M&S High Street Kensington

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    This is the seventh year that M&S has supported World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and during this time it has raised over £6million for Macmillan. This year it is hoping to raise even more than last year’s total of over £2million, through coffee mornings such as Joanna’s and through donating 10% from the sales of classic cakes and a selection of biscuits, cupcakes and cookie mixes sold throughout September. M&S Cafés will also be donating 5p from every coffee and cake sold through the month – the perfect excuse for popping into your local store for a treat.

    Joanna Lumley, Plan A Ambassador said:

    There are currently 2.5 million people living with cancer and by 2020 almost one in two people will get cancer at some point in their lives.

    “It’s the reason that the work of Macmillan professionals like Sarah is so critically important and why I’m proud to work with M&S on this incredible partnership. I urge everyone to get involved, pop into M&S for a coffee & cake this month and Spark Something Good.”

    Sarah Hodge, an Occupational Therapist for Macmillan Cancer Support said: “At Macmillan we believe no one should face cancer alone. Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning encourages people to get together with family, friends or colleagues over coffee and cake, to raise money for people affected by cancer. It’s been great this morning to come together with Joanna and M&S customers to celebrate the huge difference that can be made through this partnership.”

    For more information on World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and to get your free coffee morning kit visit www.coffee.macmillan.org.uk or text SEPT to 70550.

    To learn more about Macmillan’s partnership with M&S, visit http://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/about/sponsors.