A GROUP committed to raising money for cancer support is thinking creatively ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Macmillan coffee morning.

The event, which has seen hundreds of thousands of people tuck into tea and cakes for the cause, will not be taking place in the same way this year.

But Macmillan’s Northallerton fundraising committee, which has been organising a coffee morning for 30 years, is not letting the coronavirus halt plans to raise as much as it can.

Committee chair Lesley Plummer, from Romanby, said: "We’ve had to come together and think more creatively this year, we want to make sure we can still raise money for Macmillan in a safe way.

"Government guidance changes on a regular basis but it is hoped friends and neighbours will pull together for Macmillan’s annual coffee morning. We have to think outside the box this year, people could bring their own mugs, buy pre-bought cakes or get together online.

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“Macmillan is completely funded by public donations and faced with a huge drop in income because of the current pandemic. We need your help so the charity can continue to be there for the thousands of people who rely on Macmillan for physical, financial and emotional support.”

The Macmillan Northallerton Fundraising Committee has followed government guidance and had to postpone or cancel all their face to face fundraising, which means we will face a massive decline in their income this year, much of the money raised by the committee would normally go to Northallerton’s Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre at the Friarage Hospital.

Every 90 seconds someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer and Macmillan has continued to provide vital emotional, financial or clinical support for people living with cancer throughout the pandemic.

Adele Burrough, Macmillan fundraising manager for North Yorkshire, said: “We need people to get involved with Coffee Morning more than ever.

“Before Covid-19, many patients told Macmillan that being diagnosed with cancer and going through treatment was the scariest thing that they could imagine.

“These anxieties and concerns have not gone away during the pandemic – they’ve been made worse by this crisis – meaning Macmillan needs support from you more than ever before.

“Wherever or however you host an event the money you raise will enable Macmillan to continue providing these vital services. Every Coffee Morning changes lives.”