Friday 13th July 2012
Project Manager Danielle Tanner explains how Macmillan is helping family and friends affected by cancer pay tribute to their loved ones.
Nearly half of Macmillan’s supporters get involved with us in memory of a loved one. Many people have received care and support from a Macmillan professional and would like to give something back. People like Lynn, whose husband Neville died from cancer in 2010.
‘We had help with benefit forms from a Macmillan benefits adviser and started having regular visits from our Macmillan nurse. She visited on a daily basis towards the end and gave such fantastic support to Neville and the whole family. The care and help we received allowed him to stay at home, something that meant a lot to us both.
‘My family and I decided to set up a Macmillan tribute fund for Neville, as we were so grateful for the help and support that we received during this difficult time.
‘We’ve held a whole host of events to raise money, including a coffee morning, regular bake sales, sponsored walks and even a Stars in Their Eyes themed evening. And we’ve already raised our target of £10,000.’
Many supporters like Lynn have told us how much fundraising for Macmillan has helped them through their loss. So, Macmillan has created a website for online tribute funds, where family and friends can create a place to remember and celebrate the life of their loved one, and keep track of the fantastic difference they’re making to the lives of people with cancer and their families. People can add their support in any way they choose, by giving donations, adding photos and messages, or fundraising for an event.
Louise Stewart's story
In the video below, Louse Stewart talks about creating a tribute fund in memory of a friend.
How you can help
To find out more about creating an online tribute fund, visit macmillan.tributefunds.com or call 0300 1000 200. You can also direct family and friends to the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00, where they can find a local support group or just have a chat. They can also share their thoughts on Macmillan’s online community.