Last month the people served by ubu made an incredible contribution to raising awareness and money for the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ which is held each year to support the excellent Macmillan Cancer charity. Well over £1,000 has now been raised by the people we serve who have been hosting parties and events, baking and selling cakes and having coffee mornings.
In Blackpool, people served by ubu decided that they wanted to get involved and ordered a free guide and event pack from Macmillan. “We were inspired to get on and start making a wide variety of fabulous cake for our party… it was a monumental task but we all got involved”.
“We wanted to ‘spread the word’ and let people know how excited we felt to be taking part in this event”. With support from ubu enablers, invitations were made and sent to friends, family and people in the local community. “We were really encouraged by how eagerly people responded and we started to realise that there would probably be quite a lot of people coming to support this worthwhile cause. So we needed to get baking!”
Everyone, including family members got involved in the baking and preparation. “We had a lot of fun decorating and getting our home ready for the event. “Finally we were ready to welcome our very special guests to join our party.”
“We also organised games and competitions like blindfolding a guest and asking them to guess if a cake was homemade or bought from a shop. We had a lot of fun and laughter as well as raising a good sum of money to support Macmillan”.
In Settle, North Yorkshire, another group of people served by ubu were also thinking about hosting a coffee morning. “We talked about when the best time would be to hold it, and decided that having it on a Saturday in the afternoon would make sure that everyone we hoped would come, could be there”.
“We decided who we wanted to invite to the event including our family, friends, neighbours, and ubu staff old and new. Some people said they couldn’t come, but gave us a donation for Macmillan anyway, which was generous”.
“We had some help blowing up balloons and hanging them up outside so that everyone could see them”. And when their baking was finished, they made their tables look beautiful and inviting, piled high with colourful cakes and tasty treats.
Each person had taken on a particular responsibility for making sure that the event went well. Sean was on hand to answer the door when guests arrived, Brenda helped with greeting people and making them feel welcome. Mary asked people what they would like to drink.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the get-together. There was lots of chatting, cake eating and coffee drinking. Sean encouraged people to put donations into the collection box and they were extremely generous.
“When everyone had left and we had done all the tidying up, we counted the money and were really pleased with how well we had done”. With the events over and the guests gone home, everyone was rightfully tired after their busy days but they all agreed that they would like to do it again next year. Apart from raising money for Macmillan, these events and others like them have been a great success in welcoming the local community to spend time enjoying the company and warm welcome given by the people served by ubu.
One parent who came to a coffee morning event held by people we serve in Louth, wrote to Dorothy, our CEO “I would like to say how much the lady I work with and I enjoyed the coffee morning….everyone was very welcoming and they were wonderful hosts. They had obviously been very busy, the variety of cakes and sandwiches on offer was amazing and much to my delight even my special dietary requirements were catered for. Thank you! It was a fantastic event and I’m looking forward to the next one already!”