Macmillan improves the lives of people affected by cancer locally. We provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support and push for better cancer care. Cancer affects us all. We can all help. We are Macmillan in Herefordshire.
Focus on Herefordshire and the Forest of Dean
This month we turn our spotlight on Emma Garvey, one of our talented and hardworking team of Fundraising Managers. Emma has only been working for Macmillan for eighteen months fundraising in Herefordshire and the Forest of Dean and has already made her mark with supporters and colleagues alike.
Whilst Emma was, of course, aware of the work of Macmillan in supporting people affected by cancer, she had little detailed knowledge of the sheer depth and range of services the charity provides. Now, thanks to the excellent training she has received, she can, with confidence, signpost people to particular Macmillan services or staff members who will best be able to help and advise them.
'We’re lucky in Herefordshire to have a variety of services from Boots Macmillan pharmacists and Macmillan trained No7 beauty advisors, to specialist welfare benefit advisors, as well as Macmillan nurses and other professionals,' says Emma. 'In Ross On Wye we have Hope Support Services supporting young people in the county in a number of different ways. Even though my signposting is only a small help, I feel as though I’m making a difference for people.'
Being a Fundraising Manager is a busy, varied and rewarding job where, as the saying goes, there’s never a dull moment. One day Emma can be visiting a local school to give a presentation to students about Macmillan services and encouraging them to organise events to raise funds for Macmillan’s work in the county. Her next call might be a meeting with staff at a local company to help them plan a fundraising event in memory of a special colleague.
One of the more exciting aspects of Emma’s role is working with the annual Mac 4x4 event, which is an off and on-road navigational and orienteering weekend for drivers of 4x4 vehicles. The event has been run for 16 years by two Herefordshire supporters, Peter Rowland and Selwyn Kendrick, and has raised a staggering £1.25m so far.
'This year a slightly different format event was held at Bovington Camp, the army base in Dorset,' says emma. 'I was able to team up with my colleague Catherine North, Fundraising Manager for Gloucestershire, and enter a vehicle in the competition. It was great fun and a real pleasure to be working with our two incredible supporters Peter and Selwyn.'
Emma’s role brings her into contact with the majority of cancer services provided by Macmillan in Herefordshire and the Forest of Dean and ensures she is part of the team that provides a seamless level of support for people affected by cancer.
'Being part of team Macmillan gives me a real sense of belonging and I can’t imagine not being part of it. The people we help and those that help us become friends as well as colleagues and supporters.'
No one should face cancer alone. We want to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer, to find out more about how you help support Macmillan to make this possible visit macmillan.org.uk/getinvolved or call 0300 1000 200.
If you have any questions about cancer, need support or just want someone to talk to, call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00
How to reach us
For fundraising support and information you can contact the Fundraising Support Team.
Opening hours Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Call 0300 1000 200
How to donate to Macmillan
Pay in online.
Send a cheque to the Freepost address:
Macmillan Cancer Support
87-90 Albert Embankment
Pay directly into the bank. Contact the Fundraising Support Team for how to do this and more information on how to donate to Macmillan.
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More about Macmillan in Herefordshire
Macmillan Cancer Support and the Health Services in Herefordshire work together to provide:
Herefordshire PCT Macmillan Community Palliative Care Team based at St Michael’s Hospice
Herefordshire PCT Macmillan Lymphoedema Team based at Bromyard Community Hospital
Wide-ranging specialist nursing services based at Hereford County Hospital
In addition, people affected by cancer in Herefordshire benefit from Macmillan’s many other services – such as the free telephone support line, which can offer general information and advice about cancer, benefits advice, practical help and youth advice for children affected by cancer.
Five ways you can help us
By giving money:
Every donation, big or small, makes an essential difference to people living with cancer. Please donate online, or remember us in your will.
By organising a collection or event:
Could you use your hobby, or get together with friends to raise money for Macmillan. Why not set yourself a challenge and get sponsorship? What about making us your charity at work or at school? We will help with any events you might like to plan.
By joining a Macmillan event:
Whether it's the World's biggest Coffee morning, the Flora London Marathon, or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, there is a Macmillan event for you and we'll support you all the way.
By sharing your skills:
Could you give us some of your time? All help with events, collections and administration in the office is always very welcome.
By making us your charity:
Through you workplace, your school, your club could you get together with friends and colleagues and raise money for the Macmillan Renton Appeal?
Tell us your story
Would you like to share your experience of cancer to help others? By telling the personal stories of people like you, we help people engage with and understand our work. We also use real stories to influence government and, through the media, inform the public what living with cancer is really like.
We’d be grateful to hear your story - as little or as much as you’d like to share. If this is something that interests you, simply contact Laura Mitchell on 01264 343 807, or by emailing LMitchell@macmillan.org.uk.