Full of beans 

04/10/2011 00:00 

UCLH chief executive Sir Robert Naylor was joined by Macmillan Cancer Support chief executive Ciaran Devane at the charity's biggest fundraiser of the year, the World's Biggest Coffee Morning. 

Trust volunteer Adele Smith

Some £1,475 was raised at the event held in the UCH atrium last Friday where coffee and cakes were exchanged for a donation from staff, patients, visitors and passers by. 

Cakes were baked by the Cancer Services staff as well as generously provided by local suppliers, including Fitzroys, Little Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer and Tesco's.  The success was also due to the very generous support of L’Express and Interserve who provided hot drinks, cups, hot water, napkins and other sundries. Starbucks also donated fresh hot coffee on the day.

Raffle prizes were donated by two relatives of current cancer patients, one former patient and a number of local retailers, including Belgique who donated the impressive first prize hamper.

Event organiser, and the Trust’s Macmillan information specialist, Kat Lewis said: “The event was an absolutely brilliant team effort from everyone concerned and I am very proud of what has been achieved. We have raised a fantastic amount of money for Macmillan but it couldn't have been reached without the generous support of all the local companies, our own in-house caterers and also all of the staff who baked cakes, served drinks, shook containers or spread the word about the coffee morning.

“A special thanks to Nicola Panara, Macmillan information centre administrator, and Kassie Montanheiro, Macmillan senior specialist dietician, for all their help in organising the event. The standard has been set - let's make next year even bigger and better!”
Both Sir Robert and Ciaran spent time talking to staff and patients. The event was also an opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to Trust volunteer Adele Smith, who has worked enormously hard in the Macmillan Information Centre over the past year.  She was presented with a small gift by Sir Robert.

Both Sir Robert and Ciaran spent time talking to staff and patients

It is only seven months until the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre opens its doors to patients.   The partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support will bring a unique dimension to the service offered at UCLH.  The focus will be on caring for the ‘whole person’ not just their cancer. 
Supporting the event, Sir Robert Naylor said: "We are delighted to host a coffee morning here at University College Hospital as part of Macmillan's biggest fundraising event of the year, just seven months before we open the brand new, purpose-built UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre.  The partnership between UCLH and Macmillan will deliver the best care, treatment, support and information to cancer patients at every stage of their individual journey transforming cancer care now and for generations to come".
Ciaran Devane said: “Macmillan and UCLH have a longstanding relationship and the Trust have supported the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for many years. This year is even more special as Macmillan is working so closely with the Trust to help them deliver the new UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre next April.
“This year Macmillan are determined to make the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning our biggest ever. We hope to raise £8.5m in total which will help us support the two million people in the UK currently living with cancer and their families. Thank you to UCLH for once again pulling out all the stops and serving up delicious coffee and cakes – and of course thank you to all those who donate what they can to enjoy eating them!”
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event of the year, with money raised used to fund Macmillan’s support services for people with cancer and their families.  The idea behind the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is that people hold their own coffee morning in their homes, work places or local community.
They ask for donations in return for drinks and cakes and then pass on the proceeds to Macmillan. For more information click here.


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