Jackie Bailie, MSP for Dumbarton Constituency, has today hosted a coffee morning and bake sale in support of Macmillan Cancer and is encouraging her constituents to do the same.
The official Coffee Morning date, which is run across the country by Macmillan, is Friday 24 September but Jackie Baillie is holding hers on 23 September to fit in with parliamentary business.
The charity fundraiser sees millions of pounds donated every year to help support people affected by cancer. The money raised helps fund Macmillan services across Scotland to make sure people living with cancer can access the physical, emotional and financial support they need.
Nearly all (98%) of Macmillan’s funding comes directly from donations, but disruption caused by Covid-19 means demand for its services is high, while fundraising remains challenging. The charity estimates it could see a combined £40 million drop in its Coffee Morning income across 2020 and 2021.
Jackie Baillie MSP said:
“Macmillan is in our local communities, offering care and support to people living with cancer and to their loved ones. I am delighted to be able to play a small part in Macmillan’s fight to beat cancer by hosting our own little coffee morning in the parliament.
“Coronavirus has had a significant impact on the lives of people living with cancer and support from Macmillan is needed now more than ever.
“I’m proud to raise a mug today to support the event, to encourage donations and help let people know that while it might be different, virtual or socially distanced this year, you can take part in the Coffee Morning in your own way.”
Janice Preston, Macmillan Head of Partnerships in Scotland said:
“When the pandemic hit, it turned life upside down for people across Scotland and around the world. But cancer hasn’t gone away and people need our support more than ever.”
“The cancer care system is under serious pressure, despite the best efforts of hard-working NHS staff, and we are working hard to ensure people get the care and support that they need.”
“Every penny that is raised will go to ensuring that people living with cancer do not become the forgotten “c” of the pandemic.”
However you choose to host your Macmillan Coffee Morning, visit https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk for hosting ideas, games and baking inspiration.
For information or support relating to cancer, call Macmillan’s Support Line on 0808 808 00 00 (8am to 8pm Monday to Friday) or visit www.macmillan.org.uk.