Shrewsbury furniture store staff and customers prepare to enjoy a coffee for cancer charity.

Bosses at a Shropshire furniture department store today called on their customers to help them raise hundreds of pounds by simply joining them for a coffee.

Alan Ward in Shrewsbury will take part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s annual World Biggest Coffee Morning by hosting a fundraising event in the store’s café on September 27 from 11am.

The charity is hoping that this year’s nationwide event will be the biggest ever, with thousands of coffee mornings taking place across the country on the same day.

Customers will be able to relax in Alan Ward’s Coffee Pot café, which serves a selection of lunches, snacks and drinks, while also raising money for charity.

“I don’t think there is a family in the country which sadly isn’t touched by cancer in some way and Macmillan Cancer Support is a charity which is close to the hearts of all our staff.

“It’s important for Alan Ward to give its support and as we have our own coffee shop which is open to all we thought it was perfect.

“We hope all our customers come down on September 27 and enjoy a coffee with us, while helping raise money for a good cause.

“Of course there will be some very tasty cakes and we’ll have a few surprises up our sleeves too.”

Mayor of Shrewsbury Councillor Jon Tandy and his wife Diane have given their backing to the event and visited the store to meet organisers ahead of the big day.

Helen Knight, fundraising manager for Macmillan, said the charity aims to raise over £15 million from the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning across the UK, with £97,000 of that coming from Shropshire.

She said: “We are really grateful to everyone who has signed up to hold a coffee morning for Macmillan so far, and to Alan Ward for taking part.

“Their support is very much appreciated and we hope they have a fantastic time at their event.

“We want people to know there is still time to sign up to hold a coffee morning and help us raise more money than ever before.

“We want to make sure no one has to face cancer alone but we can't do it without the amazing people who fundraise for us.”

The official event day is September 27, but the charity says it is happy for people to hold their coffee morning on a day that suits them.

Ms Knight said: “If you can’t do it on September 27 then just pick another day.

“If you’re not keen on coffee and would rather have cocktails or even herbal tea then that’s fine as well.

“All that matters is that you invite some friends, family or workmates along to help raise money for Macmillan.

“Every pound raised matters and helps us fund our fantastic local services including our nurses and therapists within the Lingen Davies unit in Shrewsbury, and our nurses and GPs at the Princess Royal Hospital.”

To find a local coffee morning or register to host one, visit or call 0845 070 1315.


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