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.
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Lisa Dadswell is the Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist (BMIP) working at the Maybird store, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Lisa said: ‘Having a BMIP in store means people have a new way of accessing cancer information and support in the community through me. I use my skills to identify and support individual needs and work with local cancer services. It’s a voluntary role which involves completing an e-learning package developed by Macmillan. I do it as part of my day-to-day Boots Pharmacy activities and it allows me to be part of the local Macmillan team.
‘I was one of the first BMIPs to complete the training in September 2012. After losing my Dad to lung cancer in March that year, there was no hesitation for me to become a BMIP. I wanted to do anything I could to make sure everybody affected by cancer got the right information, support and signposting possible.
‘For the last two years I have been a key member in the Macmillan One Voice for Warwickshire group. This is a quarterly meeting of Macmillan Professionals in our area which allows us to work together to involve people affected by cancer in local healthcare and improve their experience of it. The group allows me to work with the Warwick District Macmillan Benefits Advice team and the Macmillan Information and Support Centre at the local hospital, meaning we can refer people directly to each other’s services. I also have links with the local hospices, helping with medicines management.
The Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisers also come along on Carers Days and deliver pamper sessions. I’ve even established links with the Macmillan Mobile Information and Support Unit: they’ve been coming to visit me at the store on the Maybird Retail Park for the last two years, supporting over 150 people affected by cancer in our local community.
‘My ambition is to lead the way in promoting the role of community pharmacy within cancer care. Qualifying as a pharmacist 20 years ago, I would never have thought that I could be in such a privileged role helping people affected by cancer. I do feel honoured that I can play a small part in somebody’s cancer journey by providing information and support.
‘I was recently helping a lady with cancer choose a headscarf as she was getting ready for her second lot of chemotherapy. We thought we had got through all the treatment in the summer, so we are even more prepared and determined this time round. We will take it week by week and with the whole healthcare team’s support, lots of hugs, a few tears along the way, nine weeks of chemotherapy will be over in no time.
‘Being a BMIP just enforces why I became a pharmacist and I hope to continue to support many more people affected by cancer in the pharmacy.’
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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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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