This month I’m delighted to be highlighting the amazing work of Macmillan Cancer Support.
This fantastic charity aims to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can by providing practical, medical and financial support, as well as campaigning for change.
Macmillan knows how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything, but they will help you find your best way through. From advice about money and work, to someone who’ll listen if you just want to talk – Macmillan is there when you need it most.
We all know that cancer can be tough. But Macmillan has helped millions of people through it and can do the same for you. To Macmillan you’re always a person, never a patient. Life with cancer is still your life and Macmillan will help you live it.
Macmillan was founded in 1911, when a young man called Douglas Macmillan watched his father die of cancer.
He set up the ‘Society for the Prevention and Relief of Cancer’ to help provide advice and information to all people with cancer, homes for patients at low or no cost, and voluntary nurses to attend to patients in their own homes.
Today, much of his legacy lives on. Although Macmillan has grown to become the UK’s leading source of cancer support, helping more and more people living with cancer.
Macmillan now has a broad range of cancer support services available – including a community of over 7,700 healthcare professionals, a support line and a 24/7 online community.
Macmillan – Lancaster
In February 2018, a brand new Macmillan cancer information and support service was officially opened at Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI).
Macmillan Cancer Support, in partnership with University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), set up the service to support anyone affected by cancer in Lancaster, Morecambe and South Cumbria.
It provides vital practical cancer information and emotional support to help people deal with the impact of cancer on their health but also on things such as work, family life and finances.
The Macmillan team at RLI also signposts anyone with a cancer diagnosis, or who is concerned about cancer, including family, friends and carers, as well as clinicians and health care professionals, to other local support services.
Macmillan’s Information and Support Centre at Royal Lancaster Infirmary is open from 8.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, (except Bank Holidays). It is a’ drop in ‘service allowing access to information resources, however, to ensure someone is there to greet you, please ring to make an appointment. For further information, phone 01524 519578 or email email@example.com
Macmillan – Fleetwood and Over Wyre
At the end of last year Julie Summers, who has worked for the NHS for 32 years, was appointed to the brand new role of Macmillan Cancer Care Community Support Worker in Fleetwood.
Julie liaises closely with Health and Wellbeing practitioners and district nurses based at three Fleetwood surgeries – Fleetwood Surgery, Broadway Medical Centre and Mountview Practice – who refer local people living with cancer to her for support. She also receives referrals from Blackpool Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service, and from hospital wards and Clinical Nurse Specialists at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to see patients from Fleetwood.
As part of her role, Julie works closely with the clinical teams to visit patients, and their carers, in their own homes and co-ordinates all aspects of their aftercare, including identifying the need for support, assisting with Macmillan grants and welfare and benefit applications, as well as signposting patients to support services and resources.
Macmillan’s Information and Support Centre at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals is open from 9.30am – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday, (except Bank Holidays). No appointments are needed. For further information, phone 01253 955710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Willow Garden Project, Fleetwood
In 2017, a gardening and crafts club was set up to help people from the Fylde coast who have been affected by cancer.
The joint project was launched by Macmillan Cancer Support, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Unique Estate Agency and The Willow Garden Project in Fleetwood.
The gardening and crafts sessions are held at The Willow Garden Project, based at Fleetwood Cricket Club, every month and cover a variety of different themes – from making hanging baskets and bird feeders to mini veg gardens.
Gardening can have many physical and psychological benefits, whilst crafting gives people the opportunity to learn something new and meet new people.
For more information contact Hannah McKearnen on 07879 428970 or email email@example.com
Out And About
Macmillan also runs a dedicated Mobile Information and Support Service (MISS) across the North West, which regularly visits Fleetwood and Lancaster.
The MISS team on their bus – called Basil – provide free information and support to people living with cancer, as well as their family, friends and carers.
Basil’s team of frontline health and social care professionals offer vital support, advice and information on a range of issues, including different treatments, financial advice, exercise, getting back to work, or what local services might be available. No appointment is needed, just stop by for a chat with one of Macmillan’s friendly specialists.
For further information about Macmillan’s mobile information service, and planned visits, go to www.macmillan.org.uk/mobileinfo
Unfortunately, one in two people now face a cancer diagnosis at some point in their lifetime and it’s important they have the right support to help them deal with its emotional impact.
And Macmillan can make a real difference to the lives of people living with cancer.
However, the charity relies almost entirely on public donations and can’t continue to be there for people with cancer without that vital support.
That’s why every donation and each and every fundraising event – from the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, Might Hike or Brave the Shave – is so important and will ensure Macmillan is here to help people living with cancer.
For more information on how you can get involved with fundraising please go to www.macmillan.org.uk
Thanks you so much for taking the time to read about the invaluable work of Macmillan.
If you can offer the charity your help or you need information, support or just someone to talk to, call 0808 808 00 00 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk