Last Friday, 29 September was ‘the world’s biggest coffee morning’ – Macmillan’s annual fundraising event for people facing cancer.
Many individuals and organisations throughout the UK hosted coffee mornings, with donations made to Macmillan, and TCES Group were no exception.
Each School and Service (including Central Services) throughout the Group participated, with many pupils building on their existing leadership skills to bake, sell and organise events with minimal input from staff.
North-West London Independent School (NWLIS) Community Charity Ambassador Tia, who represented the Student Council, took charge of setting up the cake sale outside the school premises on the high street. Staff, parents and pupils brought in cakes, which were sold by pupils from across the school. NWLIS raised a fantastic £261.00 for Macmillan, reflecting the pupils’ hard work.
Meanwhile, Essex Fresh Start School (EFS) in Witham organised a bake-off for pupils and parents with the church warden invited to judge the competition. The prizes were awarded to:
1st Mrs Storrar
2nd Jo Chittock
3rd Mrs Simpson
EFS Witham received a fantastic response to the bake-off and coffee morning, with parents from Thurrock, Suffolk and Essex participating in the event. A grand total of £159.90 was raised; a brilliant effort. Pupils were a credit to the school, welcoming guests, serving drinks, manning the cake stall and leading school tours. The staff team enjoyed meeting the parents, and sharing our successes.
Parents gave very positive feedback:
“Caleb was very happy to show off the cakes he made and I was so proud to see he had won 3rd place. Wonderfully friendly welcome from all pupils and staff. I cannot wait for the next event. Thanks for inviting me.”
“Ethan enjoyed helping and selling his cakes. It was nice to see everyone have a good time, the pupils did very well with their cake making. All in all very good, thank you.”
“What a lovely morning, it was a very warm welcome from everyone at the school. I hope you raised a lot of money for charity.”
“Thank you for a wonderful time at the Macmillan coffee morning. Tim really enjoyed helping with the buffet and making the cakes. Fantastic school. Thank you all.”
“Thanks you for a great day and thank you to everybody for all the fabulous things you do.”
Said Andrew Rudd, local church warden: “Thank you for the invite and the tour of the school. I look forward to working with the school and the wildlife projects in the churchyard……… I would like to be invited to other school activities and build links with yourselves… thanks again.”
EFS Clacton also held a bake-off, with pupil William taking first place with his delicious chocolate orange cake, and Tyrese in second and Dillon in third with his beautifully decorated gingerbread men. Cheryl Rutter, Head Teacher of EFS School said, “A very successful Macmillan coffee morning was held in both Clacton and Witham Schools and was very well attended.”
Create London also held coffee mornings in Barking and Romford, with tutors and pupils baking cakes and serving drinks to their local communities with a grand total of £130.00 raised across both sites. Create Romford Student Council president Luke and his Tutor Ife baked and decorated the cup cakes and also collected the donations. Staff and pupils came together to hear about the Macmillan charity, with pupils reflecting on the importance of charity and how being involved helps both themselves and the school understand the circumstances of others, in turn making us more considerate individuals.
East London Independent School (ELIS) also held their own cake sale, with pupils Jordan and Furkan baking a cake together to raise money for Macmillan. They reliably informed us that the cake was “delicious, and really fun to make!”
Last but not least, Central Services raised 57.60 by holding their own cake sale at the head office in Wimbledon.
Last Friday’s efforts represent the largest ever turn-out from TCES Group pupils and staff for this year’s Macmillan coffee morning fundraiser. Well done to all staff who participated; the bar has been raised and next year will prove ever more successful!
Pupil Jordan from ELIS gets creative in the kitchen!
Central Service staff tuck in…
EFS Witham pupil F helps with the activities