28/09/2017 12:18 BST | Updated 28/09/2017 12:18 BST

We're Hosting The Smallest World's Biggest Coffee Morning From Inside A Lift

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It was a fortnight ago when we started to ask our listeners in Barnsley about where we should hold our radio station's annual World's Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The nationwide fundraiser takes place every September and all money raised helps Macmillan continue to provide emotional, financial, medical and practical support to people living with cancer across the UK.

Dearne FM, based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, is a big advocate for the work Macmillan does and this year we wanted to have a coffee morning with a twist, so who better to ask than our loyal breakfast show listeners?

True to form, the weird and wonderful ideas came flooding in. We had suggestions for everything from farms and swimming pools to tennis courts.

But the one that really stood out completely turned the idea on its head - to host the smallest 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning' from inside a lift.


Having a chat with a cake and cuppa is an intimate affair and what better place to get up close and personal for a brilliant cause?

So on Friday, Dearne FM will be broadcasting live from the glass lift at our local shopping centre, The Alhambra, from 10:30am until 12pm.

Travelling up and down the three floors of stores throughout the morning, shoppers and listeners will be invited to squeeze in with us and help change lives with every slice.

A true community affair; it's our fantastic listeners who came up with this idea and they will also be generously donating cakes on Friday.

I'm looking forward to sampling some of Barnsley's finest baked goods, even if I am terrified of heights. It is all for a truly fantastic cause, after all.

The charity is a huge support for people with cancer and provides 32 Macmillan professionals, such as specialist nurses, here in Barnsley. The Macmillan Welfare Benefits Team, which provides grants and benefits to help ease the financial burden of a cancer diagnosis, also supported more than 500 people with cancer in the town last year alone.

And as a sign of our appreciation, last year residents raised £70,000 from Coffee Mornings organised at homes, schools, offices and other community centres.

This will no doubt be the first one held inside a lift, mind.

We couldn't miss another opportunity to eat cake and have a cuppa for a really good cause, and we want people in Barnsley to join us on Friday to #RaiseAMug.

It will certainly be a morning of ups and downs!

One in two of us will get cancer at some point in our lifetime, so find a Coffee Morning near you - by visiting .

Or go to the Dearne FM website for more information on the smallest World's Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support.