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 Somerset.
'Focus On' Macmillan in Somerset
Sue Bridger (pictured left), from Sydling St Nicholas, near Dorchester has received a Macmillan volunteer award this weekend in recognition of her work as Area Chair for Dorset and Somerset.
Sue received the ‘Hugh Dundas volunteer of the year’ award at our Volunteers’ Award Conference in Manchester, which marked the start of Volunteer’ Week (1st-7th June).
On hearing she had won the award, Sue said; ‘I felt very surprised and honoured and wondered if I really deserved it! I enjoy it so much you see. Volunteering has given a focus to my retirement. It has also enabled me to use skills and contacts from my working life to help others.’
Talking of her future plans, Sue has a very clear aim; ‘To reach £100,000 for Macmillan from “The Maunsel House Christmas Fair” - we are up to approx £60,000 at the moment.’
The Sir Hugh Dundas Volunteer of the Year Award is for individuals who make an exceptional, highly innovative and outstanding contribution over a significant period of time that goes beyond the criteria for the other Macmillan volunteer awards. Only one volunteer from each of Macmillan’s regions and nations is awarded it each year.
Sue was nominated by Chrissie, our Fundraising Manager for Dorset who said; “When Sue lost her mother-in-law to cancer, the family were supported by Macmillan and she was inspired to join the Castle Cary Committee after retiring in Somerset. Since then Sue’s gone from committee member, to Chair, to County Chair, and is now Area Chair for the whole of Somerset and Dorset – leading and inspiring fundraising teams in both counties.
‘Sue’s widely seen as an exceptional leader who’s always ready and willing to make the most of her networking skills to raise funds and awareness for Macmillan. For example, thanks to her, Sir Benjamin Slade offered the beautiful Maunsel House at no cost to the charity, to host for the annual Somerset Christmas Fair – an event that brings in up to £10,000 for Macmillan each year.
‘From opening her own garden to the public, to delivering cookery demonstrations and doing an annual reading on Macmillan’s behalf at Wells Cathedral – Sue really does go above and beyond the expectations of her role with a particular passion and drive.’
Macmillan was set up by a volunteer over 100 years ago, and our volunteers are crucial in helping us to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone. We want to use Volunteers’ Week to say a well-deserved ‘thank you’ to everyone who gives their time to help us - including Sue, and her incredible efforts to help people affected by cancer.
We have a variety of local volunteering roles and we always like to hear from people that might be interested in helping us out, because whether it’s minutes or months, hours or days, whatever time you can give really will matter.
If you’re interested in finding out about how to volunteer for Macmillan please visit www.macmillan.org.uk/volunteer, email email@example.com or call 0300 1000 200.
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For fundraising support and information you can contact the Fundraising Support Team.
Opening hours Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Call 0300 1000 200
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How to donate to Macmillan
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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.
Find out more about Macmillan's work in Somerset .
Dine for Macmillan
Dine for Macmillan is a simple way to give your friends a great night and support people affected by cancer. All you need do is host a dinner party, ask your guests for a donation instead of bringing flowers or chocolates and then have lots of fun. Find out how to take part.
- Monday 23 (16:00) - Tuesday 24 November (16:30)
Our organisation was started by a volunteer nearly one hundred years ago, and today they’re still at the very heart of everything we do. Join us and together we can make a difference.
Find the latest volunteering opportunities near to you on our volunteer pages.
More about Macmillan in Somerset
Around 3000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Somerset every year and they need treatment and support. Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, medical, emotional and financial support to people living with cancer, their families, friends and carers. Without the help of our fantastic supporters, we really couldn’t help so many local people affected by cancer. Whether you're retired or working, busy or with time to spare, you can really make a huge difference.
Macmillan Cancer Support is working in partnership with the NHS and Citizen’s Advice Bureau in the county to improve cancer treatment and care given to people with cancer and their families.
People in Somerset already benefit from more than 20 Macmillan professionals: nurses, doctors, therapists, counsellors, dieticians, social workers and information providers who are specialists in cancer care. They help people manage their symptoms and aim to make living with cancer easier.
We are currently funding a breast cancer nurse specialist and chemotherapy nurse specialist based in the Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton.
Someone to talk to
Macmillan is there for people with cancer, their families and friends, to talk, listen and understand what they are going through. Macmillan supports a network of self-help and support groups around the country. One such group is Somerset Cancer Care, a local charity who recently received a grant to expand their successful ‘Cancer For Everyone’ drop-in clinic. The grant has been put towards a co-ordinator to set up groups in Yeovil and Weston Super Mare.
Having cancer can bring extra costs – hospital parking and travelling expenses, extra heating or different clothes. Macmillan can help – last year we gave over nearly £63,000 in Macmillan grants to people in Somerset to help with some of these costs.
We are currently funding a Macmillan Benefits Advisor based at Yeovil District Hospital in conjunction with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau. The adviser can offer specialist information to help ease financial concerns, including help with benefits, tax credits, grants and loans. You can speak to these advisers face-to-face or over the phone, and they'll help you work out what financial help you could be entitled to.
And the great news is we have just agreed to fund the same in Taunton, this new service again in conjunction with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau will make such a difference to people and the families living in the local area affected b y cancer.
Research done by Macmillan in 2010 showed that more than £1.9million in disability benefits is going unclaimed by people with terminal cancer in Somerset. The figure across the whole of the UK is a staggering £90.8m
Macmillan believes no one should be financially deprived as a result of their illness.
Having the right information about cancer at the right time is essential. The Macmillan free phone service, 0808 808 00 00, is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm, providing free information and emotional support for people living with cancer.
Macmillan is only able to provide support such as this thanks to the generosity of our many supporters.