An optical team in Harlow have swapped their ophthalmoscopes for coffee mugs and cakes to support Macmillan Cancer Research.

Selling cakes

On 26 September, staff from Specsavers, located at 1 East Gate, spent the morning selling cakes and hot beverages to customers and passers-by in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research’s Coffee Morning. The store raised £60 as friend as family stopped by to enjoy the delicious treats which will all be donated to support the lives of the two million people living with cancer in the UK today.

Macmillan Cancer Research

John Parsons, Store director of Specsavers in Harlow, says: ‘Macmillan Cancer Research are a charity very close to our hearts as many of us have been affected in one way or another by the disease. That is why we are committed to helping the charity with the great work that it does.


‘It was great to have so much support from our great community and it certainly looked like everyone enjoyed the treats. We hope to do many more activities like this to continue supporting the charity and those who are suffering from this disease.’

5 per cent

The face of this year’s TV advertisement for the Macmillan coffee morning is 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 and 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.

National charity

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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