It’s all in the raising process – not a soggy bottom in sight and a staggering £700 to support cancer care

On Friday 26th September our Macmillan Coffee morning was a complete triumph with members of staff at Postcode Anywhere rising to the occasion.

Our Waterside premises were awash with the most fabulous selection of cakes and buns that would have even made Paul Hollywood and ‘Queen of the Bake’ Mary Berry, glow with pride.

Macmillan’s Coffee Morning is the biggest fund raising event in the charity’s calendar where it asks people across the UK to hold a coffee morning. In 2013 154,000 people signed up raising a record £20 million with the 2014 event looking to exceed last year’s total.

Why host a Macmillan Coffee Morning?

There are currently 2 million people living with cancer in the UK. By 2030 there will be 4 million and Macmillan Cancer Care wants to make sure that they’re there for all of them. The charity provides medical, emotional, practical and financial support as well as campaigning to generally improve the country’s current cancer care provision.

It’s a sobering thought that one in three of us will get cancer at some stage in our lives which means that we are all bound to be either directly or indirectly affected by it and its consequences. Macmillan Cancer Care is the team that gives people the strength and energy to face the fight and get through it. The charity makes sure that no one has to face cancer alone, from the moment they’re diagnosed, through to treatment and beyond.

What’s it all for?

Macmillan coffee mornings are a perfect way to fund raise, amongst friends eating cake and drinking coffee in a friendly atmosphere while raising money for a worthy cause.

As cancer treatments improve more and more people are living with cancer in their daily lives. The money the public raise at their coffee mornings will help sustain Macmillan’s commitment.

Mixing bowls at the ready and wooden spoons at dawn

The team at Postcode Anywhere never does things by half and every person in the building entered into the spirit of things and took to their kitchens donning oven gloves, aprons and mixing bowls, making sure they have the right utensils to cook up a great bake.

This year the event set a precedent as we invited businesses from within the Diglis community, including Pf2 and KKE Architects which was a fantastic way to make friends as well as raising money.

The array of cakes and buns was amazing including all shapes, sizes, flavours; incorporating some of the most sophisticated baking methods.

Anything to Éclair?

Although everyone made such a fantastic effort more than one or two bakes stood out. Wowing us with his Choux pastry was developer Henry Thomas with his chocolate éclairs. Ironically he would have definitely won the technical challenge had there been one.

Whipping up a thirst

Impressing us with her ‘gluten free’ mouth-watering water melon cake was our customer service confectioner Cassy DeCap who walked off with the Postcode Anywhere star baker runner up prize. Well done Cassy.

All adds up to a monster of a cake

Mandy Young who, has once again, proved (forgive the baking pun) that she can get her head around a recipe as easily as she can calculate percentages and add-up trial balances, bowled our judge over, and quite literally had it been thrown at her, with her massive Monster Bake Cake.

Her show stopping two tier orange and mint creation won first prize and was probably big enough to feed the delegates attending an intergalactic convention. She won the overall star baker award which was well deserved.

Nothing crummy or crumby even

We have to say a very special thank you to our own in-house auctioneer Neil Majhu who sported his gavel with attitude. Well done Neil. There was nothing crummy, or crumby even, about your auctioneering banter. In fact we think you’ve missed your vocation.

What a fantastic day we had and thanks to everyone for their valiant culinary efforts and rising to the occasion. We managed to raise a staggering £700.00 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you also, to our business community friends including PF2 and KKE Architects and our lovely ‘truly scrumptious’ judge Jacqui Taylor from Café Afloat. A huge well done to everyone involved.