The cat(erpillar) that got the cream: hugely popular M&S cream cake range joins Colin the Caterpillar to celebrate 10 years of Macmillan partnership

Macmillan Cancer Support is celebrating 10 years in partnership with Marks & Spencer as headline partner of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, the charity’s flagship fundraising event. To celebrate the anniversary, M&S is introducing more products into its Macmillan Coffee Morning range than ever before, including its hugely popular fresh cream cakes, which it anticipates it will sell over two million packs of in September alone.

Available from September 1st, the range will include customer favourites such as Chocolate Eclairs (£1.70), Strawberry Tarts (£3.75), and Jam & Cream Horns (£1.70), as well as a delicious box of six Assorted Cream Cakes (£3.60). 10% from sales of each of the products in the range will be donated to Macmillan, to help the charity continue its vital work to support people living with cancer.

Georgina Blundell, Senior Desserts Buyer at M&S said, “Our fresh cream cakes range is so popular with customers, we thought adding them to the Macmillan Coffee Morning range would be a fantastic way of celebrating the tenth anniversary of our partnership. We’re thrilled to have raised over £16m for the charity since 2010 and can’t wait to see what happens this year with our even bigger range and other fun initiatives in stores.

Colin the Caterpillar (£7.00) will also be donning a special purple and green outfit once again, as the iconic M&S celebration cake returns with a Macmillan ‘makeover’. Colin can be found amongst a host of other well-loved cakes, including a Lemon Drizzle (£2.80) and four-pack of Mini Victoria Sponges (£2.30), all donating to Macmillan this September.

Joining the cakes this year will be limited-edition “Fancy a Coffee?” and “Fancy a Cuppa?” mugs (£5) as well as a stylish and sustainable new travel cup (£3) for hot drinks on the move.


M&S Cafés will also be doing their bit, with 5p from every coffee and slice of cake throughout September going towards funding Macmillan professionals.

Over the past 10 years, M&S has raised £16.3m for Macmillan, whose income is almost entirely reliant on the generosity of public donations. All donations from M&S goes towards funding Macmillan professionals who support the growing number of people living with cancer to live life as fully as they can. As the number of people living with cancer is constantly growing, their needs are becoming increasingly complex and the support of the public has never been more important.

Adam Nash, Senior Partnerships Manager, at Macmillan Cancer Support said, “We’re thrilled to be celebrating this milestone anniversary with M&S Food and delighted Colin the Caterpillar is having a Macmillan makeover again and donning his purple and green sprinkles in aid of Coffee Morning. All the money raised by M&S staff and customers goes towards funding Macmillan professionals to help people with cancer live life as fully as they can.”

Head to M&S Food stores and Cafés from Sunday 1st September to purchase special Macmillan Coffee Morning products, or visit to find sweet and savoury recipe inspiration, or learn about hosting your own coffee morning event.

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