CAFFEINE & CAKE fighting CANCER #BloggersBeatingCancer

Every year the signature green and white envelope arrives, and I know what it is before I open it. An invitation to host another Macmillan coffee morning, having done one in 3 of the past 4 years. Each year I umm and ahh, deliberate the hows, whens and who’s, and ultimately, decide to go for it.

My reason to host was clear that first year, when I was bumbling through maternity leave. Life was a blur of playdates, coffee, new friends and new babies, and if we were really lucky, a bit of cake. Life was, and still is, pretty peachy. It dawned on me that not everyone might be having such a great craic right now. And although I might not be marathon ready, or have the logistical support to go off climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, I can certainly eat cake. And, I know a few other ladies partial to a mug of coffee or twelve.

And so it began. That year, blowing up green and white balloons excitedly whilst balancing a 6 month old Tigs on my hip, we went all out and invited everyone we could think of who’d be around. I asked everyone to bring a raffle prize, and a donation, and I hosted like a mad woman between dealing with jumperoo poonami incidents. (Yes that hapenned). It was an exhausting but rewarding affair, and I felt pretty good about doing a little, well, good.

The next couple were much lower key – when the babies turned into tots it was more like a kids birthday party than a coffee morning, leaving me somewhat traumatised. Yes, the third year was so low key it almost wasn’t worth the effort.

I can’t really remember why I skipped a year, but thinking back it was probably because of juggling work, a toddler and being 36 weeks pregnant. I think I’ll let me off that one.

This year I’m rebranding my coffee morning – we’re now referring to it as Caffeine & Cake day, because, quite frankly we aren’t wearing twin sets and using fine china just yet. I like to think I’ve cooled it up, just slightly. There isn’t too much to plan, other than attempting to bake my signature Lemon drizzle (shizzle dizzle) and my good old Nannys trademark chocolate cake, which I’m pretty rubbish at. The rest? I’m just going to roll with it (and pray for Autumn sunshine so I can throw all the toddlers and their cake out in the garden).

So, here we go. If you’re reading this on Tuesday morning, I’ll be well in the midst of a banging shin-dig, cake will be being trodden into the carpet and I’ll be serving tea and coffee to my various circles of Mum pals in the good old real world in exchange for a donation towards a pretty amazing cause.

This year, I’ve seen first hand for the first time the damage cancer causes – how it challenges the young, the elderly, and everyone around them. Pushes our health system to it’s limits and brings life to a devastating standstill. Next year, I believe I will see Cancer being beaten.

This Friday is The Macmillan Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning. There are loads of ways you can get involved! You could get your Mum-mates over, like me for a bake off. If you can’t be arsed with all that you could sniff out where the cakes on offer – loads of central places will be getting involved so keep your eyes peeled. Restaurants, cafes, schools and shops…

Or, failing that, there is one more way. Hang out with your online #MumTribe – Those ingenious gals Emma & Sarah over at IslandLiving365 and Mumzilla are throwing an online Coffee morning this Friday at 10.30am. Find them on Twitter using the hashtag #BloggersBeatingCancer. We can’t promise cake (unless it’s in an emoji form) but there’s sure to be banter and you can still have a brew. Just please make sure you include that all important donation…remember that’s the most important bit.

Donate HERE:

And of course, don’t forget to add cake to your shopping list, get baking with the kiddos or swing by the bakery after the school run. Enjoy!



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27 thoughts on “CAFFEINE & CAKE fighting CANCER #BloggersBeatingCancer

  1. Helen Reply

    You are a good egg! I hope the bakes are a success and you don’t end up with too much shizzle in your carpets Xx

  2. Sunita Reply

    I’ll be there for #BloggersBeatCancer! Looking forward to it. X

  3. Rhyming with Wine Reply

    Such an amazing cause. I’m working on Friday but there shall be cakes and donations aplenty. Hope your morning is going well. Yay to you lovely xx

    1. Rhyming with Wine Reply

      Just me again lovely! Hope all went well. #coolmumclub x

  4. Nicole Reply

    Wow, hosting with baby/ toddler in tow, year after year… pat on the back to you Sarah! But it’s all the worth the effort when its for a good cause! Hope the Lemon Drizzle and the shindig was a rocker! Great going.

  5. thefrenchiemummy Reply

    Lovely idea! I have seen it all over different blogd and it’s great! #coolmumclub

  6. justsayingmum Reply

    Cooling it up a little with Caffeine & Cake – LOVE it! Such a good cause and I’m impressed with your efforts. I’ll be there for #BloggersBeatingCancer for sure xx #CoolMumClub

  7. Back With A Bump Reply

    Hope the coffee and cake was a great git and you raised lots of money. Fab cause. #coolmumclub

  8. Back With A Bump Reply

    Or even a great hit. Agghh!

  9. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) Reply

    Caffeine and cake is a good way of describing it! Good luck with your coffee morning – I’m looking forward to joining in with the virtual one tomorrow 🙂 #coolmumclub

  10. teacuptoria Reply

    I would LOVE to do this! I work every day but someday I’m so going to be throwing charity tea parties. Well done for getting involved and doing something kind, positive and inspiring. Have a fab time! Tor xx #coolmumclub

  11. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    Yeah nice work mama! I’m out for the day tomorrow but will be thinking of you with a slice of coffee and cake somewhere in solidarity! Much #coolmumclub love xxx

  12. Life Love and Dirty Dishes Reply

    When I had my first son I attended a first time mums group where I met some amazing ladies who are today my best friends. Sadly we didn’t get to know one of the girls for very long. She died from cancer when her baby was just 10 months old. We honour her memory every year by getting together for cake and donating to Macmillan. Although we do wine not coffee! #coolmusclub

    1. Mess and merlot Reply

      That’s so sad – your idea of wine and cake sounds WAY better 😉 x

    2. Mess and merlot Reply

      Wahoo – good luck for tomorrow, I’ve got my cupcakes ready for the school MacMillan morning tomorrow where i shall be stuffing my face and donating to such a great fundaiser! x #coolmumclub

  13. Island Living 365 Reply

    Just popping back again to say thank you for your support 🙂 xx #CoolMumClub

  14. Anne Marshall Reply

    Love the name. Hope it goes well. I don’t have time to bake a cake and no one would really want to eat it if I did – but will be definitely be buying some cake and caffeine Friday am at school in memory of some brilliant people…x #CoolMumClub

  15. Mess and merlot Reply

    Wahoo – good luck for tomorrow, I’ve got my cupcakes ready for the school MacMillan morning tomorrow where i shall be stuffing my face and donating to such a great fundaiser! x #coolmumclub

  16. Jo (Mother of Teenagers) Reply

    Both my parents are cancer survivors – my mother against all the odds and my husband lost his mother to cancer when he was young so for our family the Macmillan Coffee Morning has strong personal resonance. The Macmillan nurses provide an invaluable service and as you say munching cake and downing coffee in honour of such a great charity is not really a hardship. Love a bit of lemon drizzle! #coolmumclub

  17. rockandrosesmama Reply

    Good luck! I shall be there in spirit with my homemade millionaire shortbread I’m currently making and a huge mug of coffee before work <3 #coolmumclub

  18. Reply

    Wish I was available, but this is a great idea! I didn’t know an independant person could be a host for this, I will have to talk to my mum circle about maybe doing a group hosting renting the local church hall between us, pretty sure we could get all the baby group mums to come to it! Thanks for the inspiration! x #coolmumclub

  19. letyourlightshinemummy Reply

    I hope your caffeine and cake morning went well. It’s such a great cause, and who doesn’t love cake. #coolmumclub

  20. anywaytostayathome Reply

    I love the Macmillan coffee mornings, I used to them every year I was in the office and just donate now I’m at home, whilst solo eating cake. I hope you have a great day with your caffeine filled event and if I get a moment tomorrow I’ll be at the Twitter party but that’s not looking too likely at the moment. #CoolMumClub

  21. Emma Plus Three Reply

    Such a great cause and good luck ladies! x #coolmumclub

  22. Hooks and Dragons Reply

    This is such an inportant cause. I havent been to any coffee mornings myself (because that would involve going out and speaking to people) but I have donated crochet softies to a couple of friends for raffles and have donated a littlw money too. #coolmumclub

  23. crummymummy1 Reply

    Such a great idea – I hope it went well! #coolmumclub

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