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Macmillan Cake Sale

Who doesn’t love a bit of coffee and cake?

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. Every year people from all over the UK host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year the charity raised an impressive £25 million.

Emma and Karen from Henry Schein Gillingham both support Macmillan Cancer Research whenever they can, and wanted to bring the World’s Biggest Coffee morning to Team Schein.

I asked Emma and Karen why they particularly wanted to support Macmillan Cancer. They kindly shared these very personal and powerful stories about why this charity is so close to their hearts.

“I started to support the charity when my brother was diagnosed with cancer. My brother was 25 at the time and Macmillian were fantastic and supported my brother and us as a supporting family all the way through treatment and beyond. One of my best friends has also just been diagnosed with Bowel cancer and Macmillian are also supporting her through this time.” – Emma Farmer

“I lost a very good friend due to Advanced Pancreatic Cancer. Unfortunately it was discovered far too late. She was a very active and outgoing 35 year old and her whole world fell apart the day that she was diagnosed. With the help of Macmillan, who provided all the help and information that she needed and also helped her parents to cope with what to expect and how to be there for her & how to cope with the loss of a child. Macmillan helped my friend so much and answered questions that no-one could with understanding and most-importantly with honesty & integrity. Macmillan was there for her in the good times & the bad” – Karen May

On Monday 3 October, the two aspiring bakers hosted a whole day of delicious baked and “faked” goodies donated by themselves and colleagues. There was also a “Teddy Bear Naming” competition and a guess the “spots on the cake” competition.

The “Spots on the cake” competition was won by Ruth Foley with the closest guess of 501 spots.

The “Guess the Bear’s Name” competition has been won by Tina Armstrong who named the bear Barnie.


Emma and Karen wanted to express their thanks for the extraordinary support and generosity of all the staff at Henry Schein Gillingham, who helped to support this fantastic and well deserving charity.

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