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 Birmingham and the Black Country.
Focus on Macmillan in the Black Country
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Breast Care Team at Walsall Manor Hospital provides a range of support to local patients through their entire breast cancer journey.
Jenni Hodgetts, Macmillan Breast Care Clinical Nurse Specialist in the team, ensures people affected by breast cancer have the support they need right from diagnosis, during surgery and beyond.
Jenni said: ‘This makes a difference to the local people as they are introduced to their breast cancer nurse from day one and have access to a first-class service from our dedicated team.’
Jenni and her team also provide support over the phone: ‘We give our patients contact details for their breast cancer nurse so they’re able to contact us on a direct line whenever they have any questions or need support.’
As part of her role, Jenni also works with a variety of Macmillan and other cancer support services: ‘I work closely with lymphoedema services, citizens advice, complementary therapy services and palliative care teams to name just a few.
‘The best part of my job is being able to follow a patient from their day of diagnosis through to the end of their cancer journey and being able to help them at every step along the way. It’s also really nice to see the difference that your help makes when you get good feedback from patients. It means a great deal to me to be a part of the Macmillan team and to be able to help people affected by cancer in this way.’
Jenni and her team regularly fundraise for Macmillan to help meet the needs of people affected by cancer in the Black Country: ‘In April we held a bring-and-buy, cake sale and raffle event in the Atrium of the hospital. The whole team pitched in and we raised over £700 for Macmillan as well as giving out breast awareness information. And most recently we held a World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in September at the Hospital.’
The most common symptom of breast cancer is a lump in the breast. However other signs and symptoms to be aware of are:
a change in the size or shape of the breast
dimpling of the skin or thickening in the breast tissue
a nipple that’s turned in (inverted)
a rash (like eczema) on the nipple
discharge from the nipple
swelling or a lump in the armpit.
Most breast lumps are not cancerous. But it is important to get a lump or any of the above symptoms checked by your GP straight away.
No one should face cancer alone. For information, advice or a simply a listening ear, call the Macmillan Support Line on 0800 808 0000. Lines are open are Mon-Fri 9am-8pm.
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Macmillan Cancer Support
87-90 Albert Embankment
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I am the Area Fundraising Manager for the Birmingham and Black Country region and together with Emily, Louise and Eloise, we make up a team absolutely dedicated to supporting as many local people and businesses with their fundraising as we can. My job is a great one, I get to meet so many inspirational people, doing incredible things for Macmillan. Of course, there is always more that we have to do to be able to continue to support the increasing number of people affected by cancer, and with your help, we will be able to do so. Thank you to everyone who has supported us, you're amazing.
I am the Fundraising Manager for North Birminghamand the Black Country. My first position in fundraising 5 years ago was with Macmillan as a Fundraising Support Assistant. Since then I have worked at a local children’s hospice and an autism charity and gained a great understanding of the local area.
I am really excited to be working for Macmillan again, this time with a greater knowledge of fundraising and experience of working with a variety of supporters. Over the years I have worked with many local businesses, community groups and individuals supporting them to achieve their fundraising goals.
I’m really excited to get out and meet the supporters in my area and see all the fantastic things people are doing to support Macmillan.
I am the Fundraising Manager for Central and West Birmingham and Black Country West, think of the three corners of the area being Birmingham, Dudley and Wolverhampton and then all the bits in between! I have been with Macmillan almost two years and love the variety of the day to day work. I’ve worked in fundraising since graduating, originally working in London before coming to the West Midlands a few years ago. My colleagues describe it perfectly, every day is different and we speak to such a wide range of people it’s amazing to hear our supporters stories. No one should face cancer alone and I’m very proud to work for a charity that does so much to help people affected by cancer.
Liz Shiels is the newest member of the fundraising team and is looking forward to meeting our fantastic supporters.
Hi, I’m Liz Sheils and I’m the Fundraising Manager for North Birmingham and the Black Country. I joined Macmillan in May 2015 and I have loved every minute so far!
Before joining Macmillan, I worked for Cancer Research UK as a Fundraising Manager in Worcestershire. At CRUK I had the opportunity to work with some amazing companies and supporters, and enjoyed helping to organise events from fashion shows to coffee mornings. Before this I was a Store Manager for years in a large retail chain, and gained lots of experience of managing teams and working with the public in a fast paced environment.
However, after having been very poorly with a bone tumour in my shoulder, I decided that I wanted to change careers and do a job where I know I can make a difference to people affected by cancer, and here I am! I love meeting the amazing people who support Macmillan, and still wake up every morning feeling so lucky to be in such a fantastic job that means so much to me.
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