MACMILLAN cancer charity leaders say it desperately needs the support of people in Lancashire more than ever, as new figures reveal an expected drop in income from its flagship coffee mornings.
Last year people across Lancashire raised £451,100 by taking part in a Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning in September, to fund its vital services including Macmillan nurses and patient grants.
This year, figures show the number of people planning to hold a coffee morning across the Lancashire area has fallen by a staggering 73%, leading to the charity worrying there will be an equivalent fall in money raised.
The charity fears its supporters don’t realise the event is still going ahead – albeit in a new virtual or socially distanced format – and is urging people to find out about the new ways to take part.
Jane Melvin, Macmillan’s Head of Partnerships North and North West England, said: “A huge 98% of Macmillan’s income is from donations and events like coffee morning. While Coffee Morning can’t take place in exactly the same way as before this year, there are still lots of ways to get involved.
“We’re facing the hardest year in our 109-year history. It’s no exaggeration to say Macmillan and people with cancer have never needed the public’s help more than we do right now.”