Two care and support service in London and Burgess Hill took part in the MacMillan Coffee morning to raise money for cancer at the end of September.
Greet Street, a mental health support housing scheme in London, and Prescott House, an extra care scheme in Burgess Hill, organised a range of delicious treats for staff and customers in return for a small donation towards the charity.
For the older residents of Prescott House this was also a great opportunity to socialise, especially as they can sometimes feel lonely and isolated.
Many of the residents were very keen to join in, especially when they heard the event was to raise funds for MacMillan. Some of them may have had experience with MacMillan nurses during their lives but on the whole they liked the idea of being able to give something back and to help someone else.
In Greet Street staff supported two of their customers to bake cakes for the event. Support Worker Monique helped Rebecca and Serena make some vanilla cupcakes and a gorgeous lemon drizzle sponge cake. They then helped them decorate the cakes ready for everyone to enjoy.
Along with the homemade treat there was also a Victoria sponge, chocolate chip cookies, cream cake, jam tarts, carrot cake and much more.
After customers and staff at Greet Street had finished enjoying the treats, they played bingo. They all enjoyed competing against each other to see who would be crowned King or Queen of MacMillan bingo, and the game was eventually won by resident Chris Flanagan.
Residents at Prescott House enjoyed sitting and chatting whilst enjoying their cake and tea. Some residents even brought their relatives along which was lovely to see.
Everyone enjoyed the event at both schemes including Serena from Greet Street:
It was nice to meet up with the other residents, the staff organised the day very well. I enjoyed making a cake from scratch. It was good that we raised money for a good cause.
Jo, a resident at Prescott House, also enjoyed being able to support the cause:
It’s great to do be able to do something for charity, and such a worthy one.
Staff were also impressed by how their customers got involved. Sayeda Afroz, a Support Assistant from Greet Street, could see the benefit for her customers:
It was nice to see the customers enjoying themselves and it was nice that they got involved in the baking. It’s also good for their mental health to get out, meet others and help raise money for a good cause.
Shelley Rose, Interim Care Manager at Prescott House, also noticed the impact on her residents:
They have really enjoyed the event. They have especially embraced the idea of doing something positive for others.
All in all 26 customers and staff came along to the events and they raised over £150 for MacMillan.