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Central Announces Annual Fundraising Success

Anna Ellam

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Christmas is coming and with it a good excuse to indulge in lots of sweets and treats. But for the team at Central Group sweet treats have been on agenda throughout the whole year, helping to raise over £1300 for Macmillan Cancer Care.

Following a staff vote at the beginning of 2018, Macmillan was chosen as Central’s dedicated charity of the year and colleagues have been helping to raise money for this fantastic cause which provides much needed care and support for people living with cancer.

The introduction of a traditional tuck shop proved to be a real winner, with money from the sale of sweets, treats, biscuits and crisps all donated to the annual fundraising total.

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Another sweet success was Central’s Macmillan Coffee Morning; one of the many coffee mornings that took place around the country as part of the charity’s main fundraising initiative, which has this year already raised over £18m.

Macmillan’s first ever coffee morning was held in 1990 and was a very simple affair with guests simply donating the cost of their coffee to the charity. Since then it has become a hugely popular event held on a national basis with coffee mornings held in homes, companies, coffee shops and community centres all over the country.

And it’s not hard to see why. The combination of coffee, cakes and good company is the perfect recipe, whilst at the same time raising money for a great cause. Since the initiative began 18 years ago it has raised over £200million for Macmillan.

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The team from Central excelled with their own event and there were cakes a plenty, adding to the sweet success of this year’s charity of the year. The coffee morning is likely to repeated again next year, with money raised from the occasion donated to Macmillan, but Central are now looking for another great cause to focus its annual fundraising efforts on in 2019.

As with this year’s charity of the year, a request will be issued to all staff for ideas and recommendations for charities to be considered for 2019. A dedicated cause will be chosen and fundraising will begin in January. The tuck shop will return, but ideas are welcome for any additional fundraising ideas and opportunities. Hopefully this time next year we will be able to report a similarly successful figure for another worthwhile cause.