Updated: Thursday, 9th July 2020 @ 8:21am

A coffee for cancer support

A coffee for cancer support

By Bethany English

The world’s biggest coffee morning took place today to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Organisers hope to raise over £8 million to provide treatment, support and advice to people affected by cancer.

Staff and students at Manchester Metropolitan University enjoyed their coffee morning in true Parisian style with a diverse selection of coffees and homemade cakes with background accordion music provided by two of the teaching staff.

Organiser Gary Snowball said the event was for a very worthy cause and he had great admiration for the support Macmillan Nurses provide to people in their time of need.

“Everyone, across the board, from the managers to the cleaners, has worked hard to make this a success,” he said.

Macmillan Cancer Nurse Geoff Prince said Macmillan was important in providing seven day a week care for those affected by cancer including advice, emotional support and treatment in hospitals and at home.

They provide specialist palliative care to improve the quality of life of cancer patients and their families.

“It’s about empowering people with cancer,” said Mr Prince.

“There are millions of pounds worth of unclaimed benefits that people are unaware they’re entitled to.”

Last year 43,000 people across the UK participated in the event, raising £7.9 million.

Macmillan support people suffering from a range of debilitating illnesses including HIV, Parkinsons and Multiple Sclerosis. However there is currently only 1 Macmillan nurse to 50,000 people.