Residents living in Sanctuary Retirement Living’s communities have enjoyed a socially distanced World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

This year marked the 30th anniversary of Macmillan Cancer Support’s “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning”, which encourages people to get together, enjoy a slice of cake and a cuppa, and raise awareness and funds to help them support people who have been affected by cancer.

Sanctuary Retirement Living’s retirement communities provide accessible and homely apartments for older people, or people with long-term care needs, and many of them take part in the event every year, collectively raising hundreds of pounds for charity.

Due to social distancing rules, staff were not able to organise their usual big coffee mornings for residents in the communal lounge areas, but they didn’t want to let restrictions stop them from taking part, so many of them held coffee mornings with a difference instead.

Staff at some services organised for residents to have smaller meet-ups in groups of fewer than six people and others had socially distanced cake stalls in the reception area. Some services even decided to take hold a ‘Mobile Macmillan’, taking trolleys laden with cakes and sweet treats and delivering them directly to residents’ apartment doors, so everyone could get involved.

As well as raising money by selling cakes and hot drinks, many services also held raffles, with prizes kindly donated by local people and businesses, and cake-themed competitions. Thanks to the generosity of all involved, over £2300 has been raised across Sanctuary Retirement Living’s 29 services this year.

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