ONE of TV’s Loose Women is calling on more Wearsiders to get the kettle boiling for cancer care.
So far, more than 1,200 people from Sunderland have signed up to support Macmillan’s Biggest Ever Coffee Morning this Friday.
But organisers, including County Durham-born Denise Welch, are now making a late plea for those thinking about hosting or getting involved in the event
Denise’s mum Annie died aged 75, after bravely battling a number of cancers.
Annie received treatment for two decades at Sunderland Royal Hospital and was cared for by Macmillan Nurses during her fight.
Calling on those who haven’t yet signed up to take part in the coffee morning, Denise said: “Myself and my family are delighted to be supportive of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, for Macmillan Cancer Support.
“We have a lot to be thankful for the Macmillan nurses who cared for my mother. We heartily support the event and hope others will do the same, and we hope it is successful.”
Macmillan’s fund-raising manager for Wearside Sarah Goldie said: “We are really grateful to everyone who has signed up to hold a coffee morning for Macmillan so far.
“Their support is very much appreciated, and we hope they have a fantastic time at their event.
“However, we want people to know there is still time to sign up to hold a coffee morning and help us raise more money than ever before.
“We want to make sure no one has to face cancer alone, but we can’t do it without the amazing people who fund-raise for us.” Macmillan aims to raise more than £15million from the event across the UK.
Although the official event day is Friday, the organisation says it is happy for people to hold their coffee morning on a day that suits them.
Sarah added: “If you can’t do it on Friday, then just pick another day. If you’re not keen on coffee and would rather have cocktails or even herbal tea, then that’s fine as well.
“Every pound raised matters and helps us fund our fantastic local services, including our Macmillan Information and Support Centres, Macmillan professionals, grants to name but a few.”
Those who can’t hold their own coffee morning are being urged to get along to one of the public ones being held.
To find a coffee morning or register to host one, go to www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee or call 0845 070 1315.