Staff and students at Nelson and Colne College came together for coffee and a cake, in support of The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning!

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event; once a year, the charity asks people across the entire UK to hold a cake-and-coffee morning and raise money for people living with cancer. The event first began in 1990, when a local fundraising committee held a coffee morning whereby anyone who attended donated the cost of their coffee to Macmillan. The idea was simple yet effective, and each year since 1991 thousands of people across the UK have had a hot drink (and often a cake) in support of the charity.

Nelson and Colne College has participated in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning since 2010. The event is eagerly anticipated, with staff members and select students invited each year to a cake bake-off. All proceeds from the sale of hot drinks (tea, coffee and hot chocolate) and from the competitively-created cakes on offer go to Macmillan, helping them raise the money they need to combat cancer.

Rachel Baldwin, Human Resources Manager, organises the College’s Coffee Morning each year. She said, “This year was a great success! We raised over £320, including gift aid. The Coffee Morning is an opportunity for staff to come together, take a few minutes away from their desks and spend time with their colleagues – and every moment of it is for a truly worthwhile cause.”

The Nelson and Colne College bake-off culminated in three winners; healthiest cake, tastiest cake and best looking cake. Paul Britton, Assistant Principal Curriculum A Levels, and his wife Naomi won the healthiest cake category; Sara Wright, MIS Manager, and Freda Childs, Business Development Assessor, drew for the tastiest cake category; and student Naomi Thompson won best looking cake (shown below) – and was retweeted by the official twitter page for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning!