The most iconic caterpillar gets ‘Macmillan makeover’ to help raise funds for World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event

Macmillan makeover

Macmillan makeover

Everyone’s favourite cake Colin the Caterpillar has been given an extra special ‘Macmillan makeover’ to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event on Friday 28th September.

The limited edition ‘coffee morning Colin’ with his brand new purple feet and green and purple sprinkles, will be available in M&S stores across the country from 1-30th September. He’ll be accompanied by super cute mini Colins – also decked out in Macmillan colours.

As well as Macmillan Colin, customers will also be able to pick-up a host of other tasty treats in M&S Foodhalls, with 10 percent of each sale throughout September supporting the growing number of people living with cancer in the UK.  These include a brand new Macmillan doughnut available at in-store bakeries, M&S’s Teatime Cupcake Selection and much-loved classic cakes such as Victoria Sandwich, Chocolate Fudge, Coffee and Walnut, and Lemon Drizzle with gluten free options available.

On Friday 28th September, M&S Cafés nationwide will host coffee morning events,

with 5p from every hot drink and slice of cake sold throughout the month going to the charity. This is the ninth year that M&S has partnered with Macmillan to support its popular coffee event. Last year, £3.5million was raised by M&S to help fund 65 Macmillan professional roles.

M&S stores across Northern Ireland join forces with Macmillan Cancer Support for ninth year to host World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event on 28th September

M&S stores across Northern Ireland have partnered with Macmillan for the ninth year to support local people living with cancer. M&S stores will host a Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning alongside colleagues across the country to bring communities together and raise crucial funds to help people with cancer live life as fully as they can.

Last year, stores in Northern Ireland raised £66,000 to fund Macmillan professional roles in local hospitals and within the local community, such as nurses, occupational therapists and dieticians. Local M&S stores will join forces again this year, along with M&S Cafés, nationwide to host Macmillan Coffee Mornings on Friday 28th September.

A partner since 2010, M&S customers and colleagues have helped raise over £13 million for the charity to support people living with cancer, including £3.5m in the last year alone. The money raised funded 65 Macmillan professionals in the last year, bringing essential medical, practical and emotional support to people living with cancer and their families.

M&S stores across the province are inviting customers to join them for an extra special cup of coffee and slice of cake throughout September, in aid of the charity’s fundraising efforts. M&S will also be launching a special Coffee Morning themed ‘Colin the Caterpillar’ cake in aid of the Macmillan’s Coffee Morning. Millions of people will come together to host or attend a Macmillan Coffee Morning this year, and, with the number of people living with cancer constantly growing, their support has never been more important.

Simon Layton, M&S Head of Region for Northern Ireland said: “Cancer has such a devastating impact on so many people in Northern Ireland so it’s fantastic to see communities come together year after year in such a positive way to raise vital funds.

“Whether you are attending Macmillan Coffee Morning events in our M&S Cafés or hosting your own and attempting to bake the iconic Victoria Sponge using our at home kits, there’s no better way to raise money for such a worthy cause than catching up with friends and family over a slice of cake.”

From 1 September, M&S customers will be able to enjoy a host of tasty foodie treats on sale in M&S Foodhalls, with 10 percent of each sale going to Macmillan. As well as the limited-edition Macmillan ‘Colin the Caterpillar’, mini Colin cakes and Macmillan themed doughnuts, products including the much-loved Victoria Sponge, Chocolate Fudge, Coffee and Walnut and Lemon Drizzle cakes, the Teatime cupcake selection, and a bespoke coffee and tea blend selection will be on offer to help people enjoy their own coffee morning events. M&S Cafés will once again be supporting by donating 5p from every coffee, tea, herbal tea and cake they sell throughout September, to Macmillan. Limited edition Macmillan mugs will also be available in stores and online, with 10 per cent of each sale going to Macmillan.

Natasha Parker, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Macmillan Cancer Support, added: “One of the most wonderful things about Macmillan’s Coffee Morning is its ability to bring so many people together in support of people living with cancer. Quite literally millions of people across the country take part every year, and with the fantastic support of M&S staff and customers I have every faith that this year will be our best yet!”

Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is taking place on Friday 28 September 2018. To get involved visit and join the conversation on social media using #CoffeeMorning.

To learn more about Macmillan’s partnership with M&S, please visit


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