Virtual Macmillan Coffee Morning a big success!

Last Thursday, staff took part in a variety of virtual games and competitions to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

It is an annual tradition for Carpenter Box to run a Macmillan Coffee Morning and this year was no different – except that it all took place virtually!


Lara Golds: the winner of the 2020 Carpenter Box bake-off competition.

The bake-off is usually the pinnacle of the coffee morning event, with bakers competing for the coveted title of ‘Star Baker’ judged by a panel of taste testers. In light of current regulations, we adapted this competition to be the ‘best looking cake‘ with entrants instead submitting photos with their bakes.

Congratulations to our ‘bake-off’ winner Lara Golds who baked this magnificent looking cake! Lara won a bottle of champagne which was kindly donated by one of the Carpenter Box Charitable Foundation trustees.

Competitions and games

As well as the main bake-off competition, staff were able to take part in some games and activities in exchange for donating to charity. This included:

  • Funniest mug competition: Natasha Gravett’s mug won the staff vote for the most amusing mug. 
  • Guess the number of sweets in a jar: A classic! Staff submitted their guesses by examining photos of the jar of sweets from different angles. The closest guesser was once again Lara Golds who won the jar of 122 individually wrapped sweets.
  • Football cards: staff paid 50p to pick their favourite football team from a scratch card. The person who chose the team with the picture of a football behind the box won half the prize money. Congratulations to Matt Roberts for selecting Swindon as the winning team!

In spite of current restrictions this year, through a combination of online and cash donations, we managed to raise £328 for Macmillan Cancer Support – beating last year’s total!

Thank you to all our amazing staff who participated in the competitions, baked and of course, donated.

One in two of us will face cancer, and the money we raise will help make sure no one has to face it alone. Read more about the incredible work that Macmillan do to support those with cancer on their website.