Category Archives: Doing Good

Brewing something up

– Fab idea for a great cause


Isn’t it time you did a little something for the community? We know, we know – you’re at your limit! There’s hardly enough time to get yourself dressed, let alone hold a charitable event (no matter how small).



But with the world’s biggest coffee morning taking place on Friday 26 September 2008, it’s easier than ever. In fact, you don’t need to change your routine (or, quel horror! even think about changing Junior’s).

Free trade? Organic? Instant? You choose. Simply ask other mums to pay for their coffee (that calorie-free mouthful or two of cake) at your next mum and tot group, whether you meet in someone’s home or at your local coffee shop*.


Last year, Macmillan gathered over 50,000 coffee-drinkers and raised an amazing £7.5 million to help people living with cancer. This year the goal is £8.5 million.


Register online (to get your goodie box) and get brewing!


Wake up! And smell the coffee!


Learn more about the amazing work undertaken by Macmillan Cancer Support on their website, where you can also register for the World’s Largest Coffee morning. Also, although 26 September 2008 is the official Coffee Morning, if it doesn’t suit you, pencil another date in that diary.


What Mini says:

I’ll have mine with an extra shot.


* Either arrange with your coffee shop that you will give it all to MacMillan’s Cancer Support, or ask Mums to ‘pay’ a little extra on top of that extra hot, skinny cappuccino with chocolate sprinkles and arrange to send that money to MacMillan Cancer Support.


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I wish I may, I wish I might …

– Bright Birthday Bash for Starlight

A celebration!

Like most things, I’ll start my role as benefactor and philanthropist with a bang! And a bash! And it will be a very big bash indeed – Starlight’s 21st birthday bash.

I can’t wait. You’ll find me hobnobbing with the likes of Tana Ramsay. I’ll be “helping” her to make the world’s tallest cupcake tower. (Actually, I’ll be the one giving the instructions.) And there will be face-painting, art workshops, magicians and entertainers.

It’s all happening at my favourite club, Maggie & Rose. Usually only open to members, this is your chance for a sneak peak at one of London’s loveliest (and most exclusive) gems.

But the biggest bang will be from the proceeds of the party. Starlight is an amazing charity granting a once-in-a-lifetime wish to seriously ill-children, giving magic, fun and special memories to the whole family. (They also provide entertainment in all UK hospitals and hospices.)

I do wish you’d come too …

What Moi says:

Now that’s a bright star indeed (and, for once, I don’t mean my Mini).


Buy your Tickets now! Starlight’s 21st Birthday Party is taking place on Monday 12 May from 3-6pm at Maggie & Rose, 58 Pembroke Road, London W8 6NX. For tickets, call Starlight on 0207 262 2881. Tickets cost £10 per child in advance or £15 on the door (adults go free).

To refer a seriously ill child to Starlight or to make a donation, visit or call 020 7262 2881.

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Little Miss

– Shopping for a Good Cause

When it comes to shopping you’re in a league of your own. But it’s not all about you. You also love doing good. If only you could combine the two …

The Junior League of London is offering just that opportunity with its London Spree card. There are lots of exciting offers – like one year’s free service from Babylist (worth £100) – or invitations to attend the Gelato Kids private trunk show on 6 and 7 March. And, from 6 – 12 March, London Spree cardholders will receive a 20% discount at many of London’s finest children’s boutiques. Think WoW Baby, Jou Jou et Lucy and Nenuphar.

metm2.jpgPlus, while your burning that plastic, you’ll be doing it all in the name of a good cause. JLL’s focus is on women building better communities. What mummy doesn’t want that? So, with all that shopping and do-gooding, you’ll be a real little Miss Goody Two Shoes.

What Mini says:
Don’t miss out on making a difference!

Cards are available for a £40 donation and 100% of the money raised funds the JLL and its charitable mission. For details of other retailers (including spas and restaurants) and for more information on the JLL’s good work, see the website or call  020 7499 8159 .

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