WHILE Covid-19 may mean people can’t pack into houses, village halls or community centres in the same way they have before, Macmillan is urging people not to let that stop them taking part either virtually or through socially distanced events.
Instead of bringing family and friends together to share a Victoria sponge and a pot of tea, supporters are encouraged to get people together online or challenge colleagues to week-long sponsored baking competitions
Fundraising manager Angela McCormack said: “We had big plans for the 30th anniversary and while we’ve had to adapt, we’re determined that nothing will stop the Macmillan coffee morning going ahead.
“Many people with cancer are more in need of help than ever before as they try to cope with not just cancer, but the additional stresses coronavirus has caused.
“Macmillan has been doing everything we can to support people but while demand for our services is greater than ever, due to coronavirus, we are facing a significant drop in our income.
“While lots of face to face fundraising events have had to be cancelled, the strength of coffee morning is that there’s no set way of taking part.”
Angela commented that while covid means things can’t happen as normal, they are determined not to let it stop the 30th year of coffee morning.
She said: “We hope people across Dumfries and Galloway will join us.”
Macmillan has been supporting people with cancer throughout the pandemic.
As well as ensuring its support line stayed open, even as lockdown hit, the charity has set up ‘Telephone Buddies’ for those facing isolation.
The charity upgraded its online community, a space where people with cancer and their loved ones get together at any time of the day or night to talk about their experiences and support each other.
The official Macmillan coffee morning takes place tomorrow, but supporters are encouraged to hold their event whenever suits them, being sure to do it safely, following all government guidance.
People can also support the charity by buying a limited edition selection of Macmillan products in M&S food halls.