Calories don’t count when it’s for charity, right?! That’s my excuse for guzzling a shed-load of cake yesterday anyway!
I’m working with Macmillan Cancer Support Wales on helping to promote their World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – and yesterday, got together with a group of local parent bloggers and our children to enjoy a cuppa, a slice of cake and a good old natter, in support of the charity.
Our venue for the event was Parc Play, on Curran Embankment, Cardiff. It’s one of our favourite play centres, with a combination of indoor and outdoor climbing and play equipment. While the mummy and granny bloggers nattered, the children had great fun playing. There’s a smaller toddler area, plus bigger climbing equipment, an outdoor sand pit area with a wooden ship, a zip wire swing, plus loads more. One of the great things about Parc is that you can bring your own picnics along (they do also sell sandwiches as well as hot snacks such as pizzas and hot dogs). We tried to convince our little ones to eat their sandwiches, but typically they were more interested in the cake!
And who could blame them, as we were treated to a beautiful range of sweet treats courtesy of Marks and Spencer’s Culverhouse Cross store. M&S is Macmillan’s corporate partner for Coffee Morning and this year they have a range of cakes where 10% of the price goes to Macmillan. We loved the pack of nine fairy cakes, £4; the lemon drizzle cake £2.75, the St Clements cake £2.75, the chocolate fudge cake, £2.75 (especially popular with the children) and the Victoria sponge. Marks & Spencer are also selling a range of Macmillan bakeware and kitchen accessories, such as the set of three tea towels you can see in these pictures, priced £12.50.
Now in its 26th year, this year’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning takes place on or around Friday 30th September 2016. It is Macmillan’s biggest annual fundraiser event, with an incredible £27.6 million being raised last year alone, and £138 million since 1990.
The money is vital in helping to fund Macmillan’s work supporting cancer patients and their families. In Wales, it funds Macmillan professionals, Macmillan centres in hospitals, welfare grants and campaigning for better cancer care for patients.
We raised £30 with our coffee morning, which wasn’t bad for just the seven of us. In this photo, you can see Kate from Hippy Christian Mum, me, Sally from Teddy Bears and Cardigans, Alina from We Made This Life, Kerry from All About A Mini Norris and Leanne from A Slice of My Life Wales. Not pictured is Heledd from Yummy Blogger, who came along a little later.
As well as raising money, we’re also hoping to help Macmillan raise awareness that you can still sign up to host your own coffee morning. Just register on the website and get together with a group of friends, family or colleagues on or around Friday 30th September with cake and a cuppa.
You can also search by postcode on the website to find public events in your area. In Cardiff, there are events taking place in Culverhouse Cross and Queen Street Marks and Spencer, as well as 12 local libraries between 22nd September and 4th October.
Parc Play will be hosting their own World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 30th September from 10am-2pm. Standard admission applies but donations will be accepted or hot drinks, homemade cakes, and biscuit decoration for little ones. See their Facebook page for more details.
Are you hosting or attending a World’s Biggest Coffee Morning this year? Do let me know in the comments below, on the Cardiff Mummy Says Facebook page or via Twitter.
Don’t forget to use the hashtags #coffeemorning and #borecoffi on social media and to tag in @macmillancymru on Twitter and @macmillanwales on Instagram