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 Coventry, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire.
Focus on Coventry and Warwickshire
November marks Lung Cancer Awareness Month and with around 43,500 people diagnosed with the disease each year, it is the UK’s second-most diagnosed cancer. Macmillan wants to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone and its services across Coventry and Warwickshire provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support to people affected by the disease.
Constantly improving the quality of cancer and palliative care services across the country are Macmillan GP Facilitators. Working with local healthcare professionals to raise the standards of cancer care, they assess services that are already in place and identify any areas that could be improved.
Hazel Blanchard is a Macmillan GP Facilitator in south Warwickshire and supports GPs in the community to provide end-of-life care for patients with cancer and their families.
‘The best part of my job is going to visit practices to meet the teams and find out how it’s going in the real world. Giving GPs practical tools to help when caring for patients, or signposting them to services they hadn’t known about that actually make a day-to-day difference, is great.
‘I have always had a passion for palliative care even when I first qualified as a doctor. General practice is a brilliant opportunity to provide excellence and compassion for patients and families. I had heard of the role of GP Facilitator in other parts of the country and was delighted when the opportunity came up locally.’
Hazel’s role also sees her work closely with independent hospices in the area, as well as cancer services in the local trust, to achieve the high standards of care set out by the national healthcare authorities.
However, it’s not just Hazel who plays a vital role in supporting Macmillan services: ‘My Mum has faithfully held a Macmillan coffee morning every September for years’, she added.
Lung Cancer Signs and Symptoms:
a cough for three weeks or more
a change in a cough that you’ve had for a long time
a chest infection that doesn’t get better, or repeated chest infections
feeling breathless and wheezy for no reason
coughing up blood
chest or shoulder pain that doesn’t get better
a hoarse voice for three weeks or more.
No one should face cancer alone. Call the Macmillan Support Line, whatever your worries, on 0808 808 0000. Lines are open Mon-Fri 9am-8pm.
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Call 0300 1000 200
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Macmillan Cancer Support
87-90 Albert Embankment
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Meet the team
I am the Fundraising Manager for Coventry and North Warwickshire, and have been with Macmillan for three years.
I want everyone to have Macmillan help. My Dad didn’t, and after speaking to people who had a Macmillan nurse, they had such a better experience when a loved one was diagnosed with cancer. My dad felt very alone and I want to make sure no one else faces cancer alone.
I am the Fundraising Manager for South Warwickshire and I absolutely love my job. It is so fulfilling and I meet so many passionate and lovely people.
In 2012, my amazing best friend lost his fight with cancer. I made a promise to my friend that I would continue to help others by running the Birmingham Half Marathon and raising money to make the lives of people affected by cancer and their family’s lives more comfortable.
In July 2013, I started working as a Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support. Through making presentations to a range of audiences and supporting local fundraising events, I feel that I am giving something back to this amazing charity and helping to make a positive difference to people whose lives have been touched in some way by a cancer diagnosis. We are all affected by cancer, and we can all help.
I am Fundraising Manager for Northamptonshire. I've been fortunate to meet some amazingly inspirational people during my time with Macmillan. I love the fact that this doesn’t feel like a job, its more of a passion.
My background is in marketing mainly for technology companies, but I sadly lost my wonderful husband to Pancreatic Cancer after a very brief illness.
Our daughter was very young at the time and I used my energy to set up my own business and also to carry out some fundraising events. This felt far more fulfilling than other career paths I had chosen, and I am delighted to be helping other companies, groups, associations and individuals to reach their fundraising goals for such a wonderful and worthwhile cause.
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