Let’s set the kitchen table for Maggie’s

Tu Edwards, Maggie's fundraising manager, and Louise Duncan, fundraising organiser, sit down to a ready meal served by Eadie Manson on Kirkcaldy Prom. Pic: Steve Brown
Tu Edwards, Maggie's fundraising manager, and Louise Duncan, fundraising organiser, sit down to a ready meal served by Eadie Manson on Kirkcaldy Prom. Pic: Steve Brown

The kitchen table – it’s the heart of the home, the place to share the day’s events over a meal or a cuppa and to come together as a family to spend quality time.

That’s why the kitchen table has been chosen as the focus of our Maggie’s Centre’s latest fundraising venture, aptly named ‘Maggie’s Kitchen Table Day – Gather and Give.’

I can’t wait to see the wonderful events people in Fife come up with

Alison Harrow, centre head of Maggie’s Fife

Taking place on Friday, February 26, 2016, Maggie’s Kitchen Table Day will see friends, families and colleagues create their own events so they can “gather and give” to make a difference for people affected by cancer.

Maggie’s Kitchen Table Day was launched on Monday by Eadie Manson, celebrity chef and Fife College catering lecturer, on a freezing cold Kirkcaldy prom.

The big kitchen table is at the heart of Maggie’s Fife, a place where people come together to talk and share their experiences. Maggie’s Kitchen Table Day aims to celebrate that togetherness by inviting people to come up with their own event which can be as creative and original as they like, from a tea party or coffee with friends to a table-top craft sale, book club, bake off or a night of cocktails and card games.

It could take place at home, at work, in school or even on a mountaintop!

Eadie Manson said: “It’s a real honour to be asked to be an ambassador for Maggies Kitchen Table Day. This fantastic new campaign will raise vital funds for the incredibly important work that Maggie’s Fife does supporting people with cancer and their family and friends.”

Alison Harrow, centre head at Maggie’s Fife, said: “I can’t wait to see the wonderful events that people in Fife come up with to help make Maggie’s Kitchen Table Day a success.

‘‘We rely on voluntary donations to allow us to keep developing our unique programme of support for people affected by cancer and to be able to offer that support to everyone who needs it.”

Funds raised can help make a difference to people in Fife who have been affected by cancer: £30 pays for an exercise class for up to 10 people, £50 pays for a centre visitor to spend an hour with a benefits advisor getting financial advice and £65 pays for one hour of psychological support for a family.

To sign up online, go to www.maggiescentres.org/kitchentableday where you will also find further information and event inspiration.

Once you have registered, you can start planning how you will make your event special. If you can’t hold your event on February 26, you can do it any day from January through to March.

Maggie’s would love to hear and see what you have planned, so please share your photographs on Facebook and Twitter using #maggieskitchentable.