A TV PRESENTER has urged people to take part in Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning later this week.

Cat Cubie says the fundraising event this Friday (September 25) is a great opportunity to support the charity during a difficult period.

Macmillan, which is facing a dramatic drop in income due to Coronavirus, hopes Scots will get creative about how they take part this year, from holding virtual coffee mornings to signing up for its new Coffee Morning Challenge.

As part of the event, people are asked to complete a fundraising challenge such as a run, walk or cycle.

Cat said: “I urge everyone to get involved with Macmillan's fundraising this month.

“This year has been devastating, not just because of the impact of Covid-19 but what it has meant for cancer patients. A diagnosis is always so scary and can feel lonely but experiencing it through this pandemic has been really isolating for many.

“I have a personal connection to Macmillan and have taken part in the Big Coffee Morning for years but supporting them in 2020 is more important than ever.”

Macmillan funds hundreds of nurses, support workers, benefits advisors and other vital roles across the NHS and social care system in Scotland.

The charity also provides a support line, normally based in Glasgow city centre, that offers expert advice from cancer nurses, welfare rights and money specialists.

Each year Macmillan gives out around £2m in grants to people with cancer in Scotland to help them with everything from paying their rent to covering transport costs to and from treatment.

Janice Preston, Macmillan’s head of services in Scotland, said: “Right now people with cancer need Macmillan’s support more than ever before. Many of us are struggling right now but having cancer during a pandemic brings a huge amount of additional stress and difficulty.

“We want to be there for everyone who needs us but we rely on donations for almost all of all income. We’re so grateful to all of those who are holding a coffee morning or raising money for us in another way. We need support now more than ever.”

Although September 25 is the official day of Coffee Morning, events can be held at any time. To find out more about hosting a coffee morning or taking on a Coffee Morning Challenge, click here.

To get support from Macmillan call 0808 808 0000.