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World's Biggest Coffee Morning is the biggest fundraising event by Macmillan Cancer Support. Every year, people in the UK and other places host an event called a Coffee Morning. The money received is to be used for services provided by Macmillan Cancer Support. In 2016, World's Biggest Coffee Morning raised £29.5 million.


The first World's Biggest Coffee Morning happened in 1990, when a local fundraising committee held a coffee morning in which the cost of the coffee was donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. The first Coffee Morning that happened all around the UK happened in 1991, in which 2,600 supporters took part. Since then, the World's Biggest Coffee Morning has come a long way, to the point where it is the biggest and longest-happening fundraising event of its kind in the UK. In 2016, Coffee Morning raised over £29.5 million to help provide support to people in the UK who have cancer.

Some Coffee Morning hosts have raised money for the event in unusual ways, such as by hosting a Coffee Morning 100 feet underground in Poldark Mine, or on a jet fighter, or by hosting the most distant Coffee Morning, which happened in Antarctica.

Corporate supporters

The official partner of Coffee Morning is Marks & Spencer. Since 2010, Marks & Spencer has raised £10 million by creating limited edition homeware products and selling a range of baked goods, and donating some of the money they make from them to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Notable participants

  • Alesha Dixon, English singer-songwriter, dancer, model, and television personality
  • Larry Lamb, English actor
  • Mrs Stephen Fry, blogger, author and award-winning Tweeter (and fictional "poor, downtrodden wife & mother of his [Stephen Fry’s] five, six or possibly seven kids.")
  • Martin Clunes, English actor and comedian.
  • Ben Fogle, English television presenter, adventurer and writer.
  • Katherine Jenkins, Welsh classical singer. She attended a Marks & Spencer coffee morning with executive chairman Stuart Rose.
  • Sheree Murphy, English actress and television presenter.
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