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New Staffordshire Day oatcake celebrations to boost local charities

Local charities an groups are being encouraged to join the county’s biggest oatcake morning for this year’s Staffordshire Day celebrations.

With the help of Staffordshire County Council and other local authorities, Enjoy Staffordshire is coordinating the World’s Biggest Oatcake Morning, with events expected to take place across the county on Tuesday 1st May.

Taking inspiration from Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, the events will see guests make donations to charity, to cover the cost of their oatcakes and other refreshments.

Hosts can support a charity of their choice, or pick from a list of good causes suggested by Enjoy Staffordshire, who will help publicise the events and provide promotional materials including posters.

Enjoy Staffordshire is also encouraging charities to organise their own oatcake morning fundraisers, with The Douglas Macmillan Hospice, Stoke-on-Trent, the first to come on board.

Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth at Staffordshire County Council and Vice Chair of Enjoy Staffordshire said:

“There is no better way to celebrate Staffordshire Day than by tucking into a great local delicacy like an oatcake.

“We thought we could embrace the love of the oatcake this year and help some amazing Staffordshire charities at the same time.  We’ll also be encouraging people to share their oatcake photos on social media too.

“Many groups have already come forward but we want as many oatcake mornings going on across the county as possible, so we urge you to get in touch with the Enjoy Staffordshire team if you’re interested.”

Suzi Smith, Head of Corporate Fundraising and Events at the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, said:

“We’re really looking forward to joining the first Staffordshire Day World’s Biggest Oatcake Morning. This year, Dougie Mac celebrates 45 years of providing priceless care, free of charge to patients and families across North Staffordshire.

“As well as holding our own event at the main hospice in Blurton, we will be encouraging our supporting companies to use the Oatcake Morning as an opportunity to fundraise for the hospice.”

For more information on Staffordshire Day, visit www.enjoystaffordshire.com/staffsday