History of World’s Biggest Coffee Morning
Founded in 1911 by Douglas Macmillan, Macmillan’s Cancer support has grown to the UK’s leading source of cancer aid. Douglas founded the organization after witnessing his father die of cancer and wanting to help other people going through the same difficulties.
Macmillan founded the Society for the Prevention and Relief of Cancer intending to provide advice and information to all people suffering from cancer along with homes for patients at low or no cost. After creating the foundation, the now National Society for Cancer Relief became one of the first to recognize the financial cost of cancer in 1925.
The charity focused on giving grants for medical fees, nursing care, clothing, artificial limbs and hot water bottles. In 1969, after dedicating most of his life to cancer support, Douglas Macmillan passed away from cancer. Today, much of Douglas’ legacy lives on with decades of research and aid offered throughout history.
The first-ever Coffee Morning happened way back in 1991. It was a rather small affair with a simple idea. Guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process. Since then, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning has come a long way. It is now the largest and longest-standing fundraising event of its kind in the UK.
Over the years, some Coffee Morning hosts have taken their fundraising to the next level. This includes a Coffee Morning 100 feet underground in Poldark mine in Cornwall, a Coffee Morning on a jet fighter and the most distant Coffee Morning being held in Antarctica!