David Rees, AM for Aberavon, has taken to social media to support Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

Mr Rees has shared a ‘selfie’ photograph holding a cuppa, as part of Macmillan Cancer Support’s #raiseamug campaign to raise awareness of Macmillan’s flagship fundraising event World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 30 September 2016.

He also attended a coffee morning at the Senedd, where Assembly Members came together for a cuppa and a slice of cake and to hear more about Macmillan’s work supporting people affected by cancer in Wales.

David Rees is now asking the people of Aberavon to get involved by sharing their own #raiseamug selfie, or by hosting or attending a coffee morning in their local area, on or around Friday 30 September.

The AM for Aberavon said, “Cancer touches the lives of so many of us, whether that’s personally, or supporting friends, family and colleagues with a cancer diagnosis. One in three of us will get cancer. In Wales, more than 19,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year, with more than 130,000 people here currently living with a cancer diagnosis.”

He added, “Macmillan Cancer Support helps people from the moment they are diagnosed, with medical and practical help, as well as emotional and financial support. But they rely on donations from the public to help fund their work.

“That’s why I am supporting the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, as well as helping to raise funds and awareness for Macmillan, it’s also a lovely way to get together with friends, colleagues or neighbours over a mug of tea or coffee and a slice of cake.

“It would be great to see the people of Aberavon holding their own coffee morning – or afternoon or evening. It’s a really easy and fun way to support Macmillan, and every penny you raise will help people with cancer.”

Susan Morris, Head of Services for Macmillan Cancer Support in Wales, commented: “It’s great to see our elected Assembly Members supporting Macmillan in Wales through their own coffee morning, and we have loved seeing them joining in with the #raiseamug selfie campaign and spreading the message on social media. We’d like to thank David Rees for his support so far, as well as for agreeing to support individuals in Aberavon to hold their own World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

“With the number of people living with cancer in Wales expected to reach 240,000 by 2030, Macmillan Cancer Support wants to ensure that, in future, no-one faces cancer alone.

“Money raised by events such as World’s Biggest Coffee Morning help fund Macmillan’s work in Wales, including funding or nurses, physiotherapists, welfare benefits advisors and our information centres in some of Wales’s hospitals, as well as campaigning for better cancer care for patients.

“Now in its 26th year, World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is our biggest annual fundraising event. Last year saw an incredible £26.7m raised for Macmillan – and we are on track to equal if not beat that record this year.”

To sign up to host a coffee morning, call 0300 1000 200 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee.

For information or support relating to cancer, call Macmillan’s Support Line on 0808 808 00 00 (8am to 8pm Monday to Friday) or visit www.macmillan.org.uk.