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Leeds Agency Host Community Tea Party With Town Centre Businesses

Monday, 30 September 2013

A PR agency has united businesses in the local community by holding a World’s Biggest Coffee Morning fundraising event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Leeds PR specialists Beattie Communications, based on Church Walk, hosted a community tea party at their office to raise vital funds for the cancer charity. The PR team were on hand to provide local businesses with tea, coffee, homemade cakes and delicious ‘Cupcakes by Charley’, who are based in the Queen’s Arcade, in exchange for donations to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The ten strong team at Beattie joined forces with West Yorkshire Metro who were represented by Gerry Laverty manager at Leeds Bus Station and Councillor Vonnie Morgan from Leeds City Council, Catrina Forsyth from Cupcakes by Charley, Louise Green, her son Caleb and Victoria Byrom from Twinkles Nursery, and Reverend Canon Tony Bundock from St. Peter’s Leeds Minster to form the union of organisations and businesses in the area.  

Rachel Gladwin, Associate Director at Beattie Communications, said: “We all know someone who has been affected by cancer so it’s important to support charities that do such fantastic work to help sufferers and their families. By holding a World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event we have we generated £126 and we’ve also got to know our city centre neighbours a little better.”

There are more than 200 different kinds of cancer and one in three people will be diagnosed with the disease. There are currently two million people living with cancer in the UK and this figure is set to be double in 2030.

Martin Driver, Metro Public Relations Manager, said: “As a local body providing a service to the community, we were thrilled to be invited along with our near neighbours in Leeds to this unique and exciting fundraising event for Macmillan Cancer Support. We had great fun today and the Cupcakes by Charley were incredible.”

The World's Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support's biggest fundraising event and the charity invites employers, volunteers, families and friends across the UK to take part in the event held in September. The event helps to fund medical, emotional, practical and financial support to cancer sufferers and their families. Last year 115,000 people signed up to the coffee morning and a record £15 million was raised for the charity.