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Staff at the University of St Andrews will raise their cups of coffee today in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief.

The University is playing its part in Macmillan Cancer Relief’s record attempt to host the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning whilst raising much-needed funds with staff making a donation for every cup of coffee made.

Even though this week is one of the busiest for the University as it welcomes hundreds of new students and those returning from the summer break, many staff members are determined to do their bit for such a worthy cause with individual departments organising and hosting their own events.

Macmillan Cancer Relief first had the idea for the largest simultaneous coffee morning in 1996, setting the original record. Each year they aim to beat their record and to achieve that this year they need about 585,000 people to take part, although it is estimated that a staggering 1.5 million will participate this year!

Helen Gray, the Event Manager for Macmillan Cancer Relief said:

“We are delighted that the University of St Andrews is taking part in this flagship event for us, and it will be a great way of getting the staff together to enjoy a well-deserved coffee break during their busiest week!”

The money raised will help Macmillan Cancer Relief support people living with cancer in the local community. It will also go towards helping provide vital information and counselling centres, specialist Macmillan medical staff, buildings for cancer treatment and care, as well as grants for patients in financial difficulties.

The Students’ Association are also hosting a coffee morning and Ben Spiers, the Director of Services, has coordinated their participation as part of the Fresher’s programme, which sees attempts at several World records throughout the week’s events.

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Issued by Beattie Media On behalf of the University of St Andrews Contact Emily Saunders on 01334 462244, mobile 07713 149 186, or email ems4@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 260903 View the latest University news at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk

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