The Intelsius Business Improvement Group (BIG) in the UK office hosted one of thousands of nationwide World’s Biggest Coffee Morning fundraising events for Macmillan Cancer Support on September 27th.

The BIG team’s criteria for participating were pretty simple:  drink tea or coffee, eat cake anddonate what you could spare to charity.  “We were quite overwhelmed by how much people brought in and nearly all of it was home made,” said Richard Merchant, member of BIG, and product development engineer.

Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning has gone from strength to strength since its inception back in 1991 where 2,600 people registered to hold coffee mornings across the UK.  The coffee morning is now

an established event on the charity calendar which saw more than 115,000 registered participants raise more than £15 million in 2012.

“On behalf of the whole BIG team I’d like to say thank you to all that donated time, cake and ultimately hard earned money,” warehouse team leader, Gill Paterson said.

With the additional sales of tickets for Macmillan’s autumn raffle, which has a £10,000 first prize, the team has raised more than £200 for Macmillan Cancer Support.  “This raising money for charity is a piece of cake isn’t it?” commented internal account manager, Wendy Nurse.

“To put the amount we’ve raised into context, our efforts have paid for a Macmillan nurse for a day, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential support.” Merchant added.

The BIG team adjudicated and awarded certificates and prizes to the following:  “Best Buns” to John Steele for his coffee morning themed cupcakes; “Tasted Better Than It Looked” to Simone Horsley for her fruity flapjack and “Must Try Harder” to Dave Harbottle whose fiancée Lisa made his homemade cakes.

That’s what we call coffee for a cause!

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