World Record holder brings midas touch to Salford cancer charity event ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’

By Alex Bysouth and Pippa Field

Guinness World Record holder and Olympic torch-bearer Rachel Smith was helping raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support at the Beacon Centre, Salford, today.

‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising event and Ms Smith brought along her torch together with her new book to help raise funds.

Ms Smith’s book ‘Antigua or Bust’ was on sale, with 10% of proceeds going to Macmillan – guests could also have their photo taken with the Olympic Torch for a small donation.

Ms Smith said: “I use the torch to help charities now, it’s good to be able to support.

“A lot of torch bearers are using theirs for fundraising events and going into primary schools, it’s good.”

Coffee, tea and cakes were on sale at the centre and there was a good turnout, with all proceeds going to the charity.

George Blagden, Building Manager for Beacon Centre, said: “It’s a really good turnout and great support for Macmillan, it’s good to see the local community here.”

Ms Smith spent eleven weeks rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in 2007, raising £65,000 for Breast Cancer Care and picking up a Guinness World Record in the process.

Her fundraising efforts along with her work for the Prince’s Trust were behind her being selected to be a torch-bearer – an experience Rachel enjoyed.

She said: “It was the most surreal, amazing, bizarre experience, the closest I’ll ever get to being famous.

“It was such a celebration, every single torch-bearer had done something unique and very different.”

Salford’s Ceremonial Mayor Councillor Bernard Lea also attended the event which last year raised over £10 million to fund nurses, social workers and support workers helping people fight cancer.

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