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 Staffordshire.
'Focus on' February - The Beth Johnson Foundation
This month Macmillan Cancer Support is supporting the Beth Johnson Foundation which is the national charity dedicated to making the UK age-friendly and whose roots are in Stoke-on-Trent.
Staffordshire and Wolverhampton Cancer Advocacy and Support Project Manager, Kathleen Curley (pictured) works in partnership with the Beth Johnson Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Support. She says: “My role is to manage the Volunteer Co-ordinators and to establish the service across Staffordshire and Wolverhampton. Our team supports older people (50+) affected by cancer, and this can be the patient, the relatives or even the carers. No matter what your circumstances; nobody should face cancer alone.”
The significance of being a part of Macmillan Cancer Support is not lost on Kathleen as she says herself about her job: “Macmillan has a good reputation and is a trusted brand. People recognise the Macmillan brand and therefore have confidence in the service we can offer. “
One particular story which has stuck with Kathleen is that of Joan, a 78-year-old woman who was referred to the advocacy service when she was due to be discharged from hospital. She tells us: “The staff nurse who referred Joan was concerned about her isolation when she returned home as Joan lives on her own in a rural village and has no close relatives. As she is undergoing treatment for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and had been suffering from depression when she was admitted to hospital, we knew that she needed the extra support Beth Johnson can offer. I went to visit her in hospital and we talked about what she might want to do when she goes home and what her interests were; I agreed to do some research about what was available in and around her village.
“Once she was discharged I visited her at home to check that she had enough support and to discuss the potential social activities I had found for her. Joan wasn’t coping very well on her own and was concerned with even the smallest of details as we know that it is the small things in life which can go on hold when you're going through cancer; showering, cooking, the worry of paying bills - and thanks to all the work we have put into our services we were able to help Joan with these everyday things. We also wanted to ensure Joan was as sociable as possible so we found her a Widows’ Group which she goes along to with her neighbour as we appreciate that while you’re going through cancer you still want to live.”
In addition to these projects, there is a new partnership launching shortly with Macmillan Cancer Support; The Over 50s Cancer Lifestyle Project. Working closely with a local community gym, Whitfield Valley Centre this project will deliver a lifestyle service to those who are recovering from cancer. The service is open to anyone living in North Staffordshire over the age of 50 at any stage of their cancer journey, even if they finished treatment many years ago.
Encouraging these people to take a holistic approach to managing their health by providing information and guidance on the benefits of physical activity and implementing a healthy diet, the project aims to ensure that individuals achieve long-term lifestyle behaviour changes which benefits their health and wellbeing.
If you're facing cancer, you're not alone.Get in touch with Macmillan Cancer Support if you have any questions about cancer; visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call 0808 808 00 00.
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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.
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Transforming Cancer and End of Life Care Programme
The Transforming Cancer and End of Life Care Programme is a pioneering iniative to transform the way people with cancer or those at the end of their life are cared for and supported in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
This is the first programme of its scale for cancer and end of life care and we are proud that it has been announced as one of 14 national NHS pioneer sites for integrated care in England. You can learn more about the Transforming Cancer and End of Life Programme here.
More about Macmillan in Staffordshire
Macmillan works with the NHS and other health and social care partners to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.
Being diagnosed with cancer can bring financial difficulties. People may have to give up work or face increased fuel bills or travel costs. Macmillan can help to cover expenses or to finance breaks for patients and their families.
We have helped hundreds of Staffordshire people to manage the costs that cancer can bring. In 2010 we gave £126,809 to 386 beneficiaries in Staffordshire. This helped:
168 people with the cost of fuel to keep warm
25 people with the cost of a stair lift
72 people with the cost of travel to get to their treatment
160 people with the cost of clothes
76 people with the cost of new beds and bedding.
It’s these practical things that Macmillan understands. We talk with people affected by cancer and find out what is important to them.
Macmillan is campaigning for a better deal for people in Staffordshire affected by cancer. We want everyone with cancer to receive the same level of care, regardless of who they are and where they live. Together we can challenge inequalities, push for change and make sure that cancer stays a priority for the government.
How you can help us raise money in Staffordshire
By making a donation: Every donation, big or small, makes an essential difference to people living with cancer.
By organising an event: Why not climb Mount Snowdon? Bike from Lands End to John O'Groats? Tackle The Three Peaks challenge? Run in the many local marathons?... These are just some of the events that supporters have done this year for Macmillan in Staffordshire. 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 London Marathon, or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, there is a Macmillan event for you and we'll support you all the way.
Find out more and what events you can get involved in at www.macmillan.org.uk/fundrasing
Campaigns - There's strength in numbers
Help us campaign for a better deal for people living with cancer. Join our E-campaigner network. You will be able to take action online and receive the latest campaign news by email.
‘It was such a struggle paying for prescriptions that I’d stay awake at night crying. The success of Macmillan’s campaign will help thousands like me. I’m thankful I was able to play a part in making change happen.’
Amanda, 45, Surrey
Find out more and sign up now at www.macmillan.org.uk/campaigns