Monday, 24 September 2012

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Macmillan Coffee Morning
On Friday 28th September VQ is participating in The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to raise funds for Leeds Macmillan Cancer Support.
As well as the centre’s food retailers, including Harvey Nichols, Opposite Cafe, Bagel Nash & Anthony’s Patisserie, a number of other stores are also taking part including Liz Earle and TM Lewin.
VQ Centre Director John Bade commented, “Macmillan Cancer Support does an incredible job in helping cancer patients and their families cope with their illnesses, obtaining over £3 million in grants & benefits for patients in the Leeds area over the last three years. The Coffee Morning is an excellent way to raise funds for the charity as well as a good excuse to enjoy a coffee and a cake!”
As part of this great fundraising event, VQ has also joined forces with local amateur photographer Nick Hodgson to produce a set of five unique postcards depicting different views of the centre.
“Nick approached us some months ago asking if he could take pictures in the centre early one Sunday morning,” said Mr Bade, “and having seen the excellent quality of his images we thought producing postcards of them would be a great way of supporting Macmillan.”
“Nick’s images perfectly reflect the fantastic Victorian architecture of VQ,” he continued, “and each card will feature a different view of the centre. All proceeds from the sale of the cards will go to Macmillan, along with a percentage of every coffee sold on the morning.”
Additionally, there will also be an opportunity to win a fabulous raffle prize, which includes an Indulgent Treats hamper from Harvey Nichols worth £100, a beautiful Moorcroft Queen Titania vase designed by Rachel Bishop from James Macintyre & Co worth £365, along with VQ Shopping Vouchers and other goodies.
Macmillan Intern Sophie Bambra said:
“We are so grateful to the Victoria Quarter for their fantastic support of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 2012. We are hoping that this year we can raise more money than ever to help support cancer patients and their families.”
Every day 29 people in West Yorkshire are told they have cancer and 42% of us will receive a cancer diagnosis at some point in our lifetime.

In Leeds Macmillan supports three information centres at St James’s Hospital which all provide expert care and support to patients and their families. This includes the Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre where they can drop in for a drink, some time out, or just a chat. There are also lots of complementary therapies available such as massage and Reiki and all services are free to anyone affected by cancer.