World’s biggest coffee morning for Macmillan cancer support


The idea to join in the Macmillan ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ came to Natalie Armstrong and myself after seeing an advert in a magazine. What better way to make money on an RAF Station than selling cakes!

After sorting out a date and venue, the Costa coffee shop on 30 Sep 11 from 1000 -1200hrs, and advertising the idea around our friends we were happy that we might make a bit of money for this great charity. Luckily, Flt Lt Ange Westbrook saw our Facebook trawl for the event and, having recently lost a good friend to cancer, was very keen to get involved. So the Ange Westbrook whirlwind began…… Soon enough we had the entire Station involved, Macmillan were lending us banners and attending on the day, invites were sent out across the Station and to the married quarters, local supermarkets were donating cakes and lots of kind supporters were ready to get baking.

Volunteers from 56(R) Sqn and 8 Sqn collected money and gave out invites on the gates on the day, as well as helping to set up. A special thank you goes to the impromptu but very welcome support from Mrs Ruth Rooke who worked tirelessly for us throughout the event.

We were completely overwhelmed by the amount of cakes donated, thank you, including coffee cake still warm from the oven, muffins, fairy cakes and melt in the mouth lemon cakes, all laid out along the length of the café wall. Ange also ran a large box of cakes over to 54 Sqn during their mission briefing. They were then lucky enough to have a plethora of tasty confectionery to consume at 30,000 feet during their mission that morning, raising £20 for Macmillan in the process. Nerves set in as we hoped to have enough people turn up, in our 2 hour window, to sell the rest of our cake mountain to.

Luckily we needn’t have worried as we had a queue forming long before 1000hrs and had to start serving early. The cafe has never been so busy….. I don’t think the Costa staff knew what had hit them! The support from the entire Station was amazing, especially as the AWC was holding their own event that we only found out about the day before. Those that could not get away from work were able to send over for one of our (Natalie masterminded) take-away boxes, which went down a treat. Although we were charging £1 per cake, many people donated much more than that as it seems cancer is a disease that has unfortunately touched many people’s lives.
We received a kind donation from the Nimrod Nippers of £32.80, courtesy of Leah Henwood and Lynsay Taylor, and one of £75 from the Ops BBQ, courtesy of ‘Steve and Treve’. The large number of cakes donated and sold (there were hardly any left – you greedy lot) meant that we managed to raise far in excess of our expectations. The total raised was £1140 cash, not including Gift Aid, which we have now presented to Macmillan and we hope will go towards supporting those affected by cancer in our area. On behalf of Natalie, Ange and myself, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that contributed to the event and helped to make it such a roaring success.

By Flt Lt Victoria Evans

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