Solopress Coffee Morning For Macmillan Cancer Support

Victoria sponge cake

With the office decorated, cakes baked and the aroma of coffee filling the air. Collection boxes at the ready – let the Solopress Macmillan Coffee Morning commence!

Cupcakes display fro Macmillan coffee morning

Solopress Supporting Macmillan

These days, sadly not many people can say they haven’t been affected by cancer, either directly or within circles of family and friends. Paula Barrell, Senior Accounts Manager and Bespoke Estimator at Solopress, knows only too well the sadness cancer brings to the door having suffered the loss of one too many family members.

Paula, who currently has an aunt bravely battling lymphatic and lung cancers, decided to put her heart and soul into being proactive in honour of her loved ones.

Macmillan coffee morning poster

Sending off for her fundraising pack, Paula decided to get Solopress involved by hosting their own World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 26th September 2014.

Macmillan – Supporting, Fundraising And Beyond

The essential work carried out by Macmillan Cancer Support continues,  24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Without this vital support, many families would be left isolated and alone to suffer in silence at the hands of Cancer.

Macmillan help poster

“When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life”  –  Macmillan Cancer Support

The Coffee Mornings’ Growing Success Story

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s most successful fundraising event to date.  It works simply by getting people across the UK to hold a coffee morning and raise money for those living with cancer.

According to Macmillan’s records, in 2013, 154,000 people signed up, raising in excess of a record £20 million.

Macmillan collection box image

Macmillan’s ethos is that nobody should ever have to face cancer alone. All the money raised from their events goes towards providing vital support and help for sufferers and their relatives, from the moment of diagnosis, though treatment and beyond.

Let ‘Em Eat Cake

Paula arrived at Solopress HQ in Southend this morning, raring to go, carefully carrying an array of dishes and tupperware filled with a mouthwatering array of home baked cakes.

Victoria sponge cake

She had enlisted the help of staff, friends and family from all over the South Essex area, with some even coming from as far as the Welsh Valleys.

Home baked chocolate cake

Solopress has discovered some hidden talents –  Mary Berry will be proud!

Cake is served at Solopress Macmillan Coffee morning

A stunning variety of donated cakes on offer were complimented beautifully by a mixture of flavoured coffees and chocolate drinks.

Cakes served at the solopress Macmillan coffee morning

With so many mouthwatering goodies on offer, there were queues…

Getting crowded around the Solopress cake table

…and a small feeding frenzy ensued!

Smiles All Round

With the collection box as full as many staff members tummies, it’s been a very successful coffee morning.

A plate of crumbs left from a cake

Aside from the financial benefits enabling Macmillan to continue their work;  the coffee mornings are all about promoting a real sense of community. They provide the opportunity for the unity of  a warm and caring mixture of people, each one able to share their own stories and reflect on their experiences – thus promoting the ethos of Macmillan Cancer Support perfectly –  nobody should ever feel like they are on their own with cancer.

Today at Solopress, the community spirit was plain for all to see; where the love and warmth was flowing as much as the coffee and cash. (We also raised £163.79 for a great cause!)


  1. It is an amazing thing and at the same time so simple. Making cakes to raise money for people living with cancer is something beautiful.

  2. Great looking cakes for a great cause! I made one myself for the MacMillan coffee morning in my office and was glad that it went down (pun intended!) very well!

    • It was definitely a great and worthwhile excuse for cake eating! I hope your Macmillan Coffee morning was a success too.

    • Thank you Janice, they tasted as good as they looked! Well worth the extra calories for such a worthy cause.

  3. My mouth is watering with the pics on this very well written article. So pleased lots of funds were raised for this very worthy cause. Our family also has had experience of this very cruel disease so good on you all at Solopress for staging this fun event and I expect a few diets were broken today! Keep these articles coming Sam cause now looking forward to reading more!

    • Thanks Sue! It was a joy to write and be part of such a special day. With so many people affected by cancer, Macmillan deserve every penny to continue their vital work supporting sufferers and their families. The cakes were as good as they looked too!

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