Cancer charity needs YOU

A cancer charity says it’s never needed the support of people in Causeway Coast and Glens more, as new figures reveal an expected 76% drop in income from its flagship fundraising event.

Last year people in the Causeway Coast and Glens area raised £63,400 by taking part in a Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning, to fund its vital services including Macmillan nurses and patient grants.

This year, figures show the number of people planning to hold a Coffee Morning across Northern Ireland has fallen by a staggering 76% leading to the charity worrying there will be an equivalent fall in money raised.

The picture is similar across the UK, with early figures showing sign-ups are down by around two-thirds (68%). The £27.5m raised in 2019 is expected to fall to under £8m this year - the lowest amount Coffee Morning will have raised in 11 years.

The charity fears its supporters don’t realise the event is still going ahead – albeit in a new virtual or socially distanced format – and is urging people to find out about the new ways to take part.

Macmillan is encouraging people in the Causeway Coast and Glens area to take part however suits them, from having a socially distanced Coffee Morning safely from their doorstep to setting up a virtual Coffee Morning online. Those who prefer to take part in more active fundraising events can also sign up for the first ever Coffee Morning Challenge, tackling a run, walk or cycle to raise cash. Sign up at