Macmillan Coffee Morning

Specsavers in Alton swapped their ophthalmoscopes for coffee mugs and cakes to support Macmillan Cancer Research on 26 September.

Staff from Specsavers sold cakes and hot beverages as part of Macmillan Cancer Research’s Coffee Morning. The store raised £111 in support of the lives of the two million people living with cancer in the UK today.

Cupcake Bake-Off

On the day the store hosted a ‘Cupcake Bake Off’ in-store and staff invited all customers to come and enter the competition.

Lee Johnston, store director of Specsavers in Alton, says: ‘We all love a cup of coffee here at Specsavers in Alton so we couldn't think of a better way to fundraise than with some coffee and cake. We were delighted to raise £111 for such a great cause.’

Face of the campaign

The face of this year’s TV advertisement for the Macmillan coffee morning was Julia who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in November 1999 and given only a 5 per cent chance of survival.

Julia spent the next five years undergoing treatment including intense chemotherapy, she was fortunate enough to have her chemotherapy in a Macmillan suite at her local hospital with a Macmillan nurse to oversee her intensive chemotherapy. Since receiving the all clear she’s turned her hand to organising coffee mornings and has raised over £14,000 for people living with cancer.

Macmillan Cancer Research is a national charity committed to improving the quality of life for all people affected by cancer. Macmillan’s coffee morning is the charities biggest fundraising event and in 2013 they were able to raise £20 million, with a record 154,000 people signed up.

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