Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning raised £27.6m last year, the highest amount since the event began 25 years ago.
The charity said its annual flagship fundraiser, which took place in September, involved more than 225,000 people registering to host coffee mornings, up from 210,000 in 2014, when it raised £25m.
Last year’s event attracted celebrity support from the Gavin & Stacey actors Larry Lamb and Alison Steadman and the comedian Jo Brand, as well as a significant contribution from Macmillan’s charity partner M&S, whose employees raised £1.6m of the total.
Home Retail Group, which launched a two-year partnership with the charity in March, contributed £121,000.
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning has raised more than £165m since it was launched in 1991. In its first year, 2,600 supporters raised £208,000.
Richard Taylor, executive director of fundraising, marketing and communications at Macmillan, said in a statement: "The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is so simple but really resonates with people, who continue to come together to drink coffee, eat cake and raise vital funds."
This year’s fundraiser will take place on 30 September.