On October 5, 1996, history’s biggest coffee break occurred when 513,659 people drank coffee simultaneously in 14,652 groups, offices and other gatherings throughout the UK. The event raised $28,460,000 or £21,690,420 for the Macmillan Cancer Relief charity.
The first Coffee Morning took place in 1990. It was a rather small affair with a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cup to Macmillan. It was so effective, they did it again the next year – but this time nationally. Since then, Coffee Morning has raised over £165.5 million (nearly $214,000,000 in US dollars) for Macmillan.