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 Worcestershire.
'Focus On' Macmillan in Worcestershire
With 2.5 million people in the UK now living with cancer, the challenge to make sure everyone gets the support they need when they face the toughest fight of their life has never been greater.
What’s more, last week Macmillan revealed that 1 in 3 people affected by cancer recently felt lonely or isolated. Worryingly, 88% wouldn’t want to make their feelings someone else’s problem.
But people affected by cancer don’t need to suffer in silence: volunteers in Worcestershire are making a meaningful difference to their lives with emotional support, as well as practical help. Sam Schiaffino and Bev Harrington are part of the team of buddy volunteers at npower who befriend people affected by cancer across the county.
Bev, from Worcester, said: ‘The support we offer to patients, friends and families can be emotional – a regular catch-up, a shoulder to lean on – or practical, such as gardening or helping them with their shopping. We can also help guide them to other support which may be available, such as help with utility bills and any financial grants.
‘I’m a real people-person, so I feel especially privileged to be able to help people when they’re at their most vulnerable. When you’re at your lowest, or if you feel like you just need a little support, it can be very daunting to reach out for help, especially to someone you don’t know.’
Sam, from Worcester, buddies two people: ‘I support one mainly over the phone with a weekly catch-up, which I have been doing for nearly two years now. We also meet up a couple of times a year for a few hours. I also visit another lady for a few hours every week. She likes to get out of the house as she doesn’t feel confident to drive on her own, either to get some food for the weekend, have a cup of coffee or just a chat. I’ve been supporting her for about 18 months.’
But the benefits of the scheme actually go both ways.
Sam added: ‘They’re an absolute inspiration to me. I get a lot from the time that I spend with them and I know that they do too. I know that my few hours a week when I see or speak to them make a massive difference. I think what I’ve realised since becoming a Macmillan buddy is how lonely people affected by cancer can be, and to know that if I can make a difference to them in a small way then that’s what it’s all about.’
If you think you could volunteer like Bev and Sam to help people affected by cancer, come and meet Macmillan on Monday 7th March at Kidderminster Town Hall, 10am – 2pm.
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87-90 Albert Embankment
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More about Macmillan in Worcestershire
Macmillan Cancer Support offers a wide range of clinical and well being support services for people affected by cancer in Worcestershire. These services are made possible by the donations raised by our dedicated supporters.
Our team of Macmillan health professionals in Worcestershire are helping people living with cancer in our hospitals and local communities.
Just a few of the cancer specialism’s we offer are:
Gynaecology, Urology, Occupational Therapy, Dietitian, Speech and Language Therapy, Chemotherapy, Dermatology, Lymphoedema, Upper Gastro-Intestinal and Palliative Care
In addition to the medical support we offer, Worcestershire patients benefit from the support of Macmillan's emotional and financial support services.
These include the telephone support line, which is free to call and can help with general information and advice about cancer, on 0808 808 0000, offering specialist advice about benefits and youth advice for children and young people affected by cancer.
We can signpost to the following information and well being services based within the county;
Cancer Information and Support Centres, with services operating within the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, Kidderminster Treatment Centre and Worcestershire Royal Hospital, providing free and readily accessible information, without appointment.
Financial Support Services from Worcestershire Macmillan Citizens Advice team, with benefits advisers based in Redditch, Kidderminster and Worcester. Contact the team by calling 01905 725946 or visit www.cabwhabac.org.uk
Macmillan also funds a patient welfare grant scheme, which in 2013 alone gave a total of £73,393 in one-off grants to 260 county patients who were in financial hardship. This has supported requests for fuel bill payments, clothing and house hold equipment such as washing machines and bedding.
As you can see from the current team of health care professionals listed above, the people of Worcestershire benefit from a wealth of experienced and professional cancer care specialists. With your support, we can help to increase the range of nursing support we can offer in our local community.
Share your story
Would you like to share your experience of cancer to help others?
By telling the personal stories of people like you, we help people engage with and understand our work. We also use real stories to influence government and, through the media, inform the public what living with cancer is really like.
We’d be grateful to hear your story - as little or as much as you’d like to share. If this is something that interests you, simply contact us by calling 07850 772981 or 0300 1000 200, or by emailing email@example.com