It’s a well known fact here at Monarch that our staff love to eat (well, don’t we all!). That’s part of the reason why our annual Macmillan coffee mornings are so successful. Each year teams from each of our bases go all out to bake dozens of cakes, biscuits and home-made fudge, raising funds to help Macmillan support the families of those fighting cancer.
As Macmillan touches so many lives, and because we’ve wholeheartedly supported them for over 20 years, we never do our events half-baked. On Friday 30 September, hundreds of staff attended coffee mornings at our bases in Luton, Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester airports, contributing thousands of pounds through cake sales, donations and raffles.
The coffee morning is a much anticipated highlight on the company calendar but to be honest, all this baking is not entirely altruistic on our part. After all, how often do you get to eat almost your bodyweight in chocolate gateau, during working hours? A wise woman once said that eating cakes baked for charity don’t count towards daily calorie counts – and how could they, when they’re for such a good cause?
Raising money doesn’t have to be hard work, but we are serious about making our coffee mornings fun. In Luton, cabin crew went door-to-door through all the offices and departments, getting everyone jazzed up about cakes and exciting raffle prizes and rounding up the troops to join the party. Cute green and white cupcakes were a key feature of the “Great Gatwick Bake Off” this year, while at our Birmingham base even family and friends of staff got involved, producing mouth-watering biscuits, cakes, loaves and puddings to sell to airport staff. At the Manchester crew room, organisers dressed up as naughty schoolgirls for a bit of fun… and no, we’re not sure why either!
Macmillan Cancer Support works to improve the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. If you’d like to help, you can make a donation on your next flight, or visit the Macmillan Facebook page to learn more.
We hope your Macmillan coffee mornings were as fun as ours? Tell us your story in the comments below!