Marks & Spencer’s Plan A Ambassador Joanna Lumley hosted her very own Macmillan Coffee Morning

LONDON, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (14 Sep 2016) Marks & Spencer’s Plan A Ambassador Joanna Lumley hosted her very own Macmillan Coffee Morning at M&S High Street Kensington, as part of the company’s headline sponsorship of Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. The extra special coffee morning kick started a season of coffee mornings which will be happening all over the country including thousands taking place on the official World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – Friday 30th September.

Joanna was joined by Sarah Hodge, a Macmillan Professional Occupational Therapist, Macmillan CEO Lynda Thomas and M&S Sparks members to enjoy coffee and cake. The group heard from Sarah on the importance of the partnership, which funds Macmillan professionals, before tucking into the very best of M&S’s sweet treats.

This is the seventh year that M&S has supported World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and during this time it has raised over £6 million for Macmillan. This year it is hoping to raise even more than last year’s total of over £2 million, through coffee mornings such as Joanna’s and through donating 10% from the sales of classic cakes and a selection of biscuits, cupcakes and cookie mixes sold throughout September.  M&S Cafés will also be donating 5p from every coffee and cake sold through the month – the perfect excuse for popping into your local store for a treat

Joanna Lumley, Plan A Ambassador said: “There are currently 2.5 million people living with cancer and by 2020 almost one in two people will get cancer at some point in their lives. It’s the reason that the work of Macmillan professionals like Sarah is so critically important and why I’m proud to work with M&S on this incredible partnership. I urge everyone to get involved, pop into M&S for a coffee & cake this month and Spark Something Good.”

Sarah Hodge, an Occupational Therapist for Macmillan Cancer Support said: “At Macmillan we believe no one should face cancer alone. Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning encourages people to get together with family, friends or colleagues over coffee and cake, to raise money for people affected by cancer. It’s been great this morning to come together with Joanna and M&S customers to celebrate the huge difference that can be made through this partnership.”

For more information on World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and to get your free coffee morning kit visit www.coffee.macmillan.org.uk or text SEPT to 70550.

To learn more about Macmillan’s partnership with M&S, visit http://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/about/sponsors.

Notes to Editors:

About Macmillan Cancer Support 
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.  That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will. To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9 am–8 pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk

About Spark Something Good 
Spark Something Good is M&S’ way of helping customers and colleagues make a real difference. Whether it’s getting involved in the community through Charity of the Year activity, Shopping old clothes or helping M&S’s efforts to beat cancer (with Breast Cancer Now and Macmillan). It encourages customers to join in and Spark Something Good. It is an important element of M&S’s Plan A programme – its sustainable business plan which focuses on protecting the planet through sourcing responsibly, reducing waste and helping communities.

For further information and images, please contact: 
Marks & Spencer
Daniel Himsworth
Marks & Spencer Press Office
07827 858655
daniel.himsworth@marks-and-spencer.com

Macmillan Cancer Support:
Janelle Butterfield
Macmillan Cancer Support
07779434813
JButterfield@macmillan.org.uk

Source: Marks & Spencer

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