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
This month we want to introduce you to our very own Kelly Whitehouse. Kelly has been working for Macmillan for an incredible 13 years, and her current role is Fundraising Manager for Worcestershire.
Working in fundraising is busy and varied, in the morning she can be meeting students to thank them for their fund-raising efforts and then find herself with a company’s Chief Executive in the afternoon, encouraging them to invest their time and energy in raising the profile and funds for Macmillan’s services.
Kelly’s role brings her into contact with the majority of cancer services provided by Macmillan in Worcestershire and ensures she is part of the team that provides a seamless level of support for people affected by cancer.
For Kelly, the best part of her job is simply the people she meets along the way, she says, “From the volunteers, to those who just walk up to you when you’re holding a can at a supermarket and share their personal experience with you and pop a donation in the can. They are the people are who we’re here to support and they are the biggest motivator.”
“Being part of Team Macmillan gives me a sense of belonging and I can’t imagine not being part of this valuable and supportive team. The people we help and those that help us become friends as well as colleagues and supporters.”
The sense of Macmillan as a supportive family is highlighted in the story of Calvin who she first met in 2002. Calvin had lost his wife to cancer and first came to Macmillan for support, wanting to speak about how the loss of his wife had affected himself and his two daughters. He also spoke of wanting to turn his horrendous experiences into something positive if he could, and so he became a volunteer.
He devoted much of his life to raising funds for Macmillan. Sadly Calvin was diagnosed with lung cancer and lost his own battle with the illness four years ago. Since then, Calvin’s eldest daughter has taken over the fundraising reins and is now training for her second London Marathon. Kelly says, “This story shows how valuable a part of people’s lives Macmillan becomes and how in turn Macmillan wouldn't be able to support the cancer patient community without the dedicated support of people like Calvin and his daughter.”
Kelly has also found a personal strength from the Macmillan team. Her father is currently living with a bowel cancer diagnosis. “Chris, our Macmillan Community Nurse has been wonderful to me and my family. She’s answered any questions we’ve had and been there to signpost us to other avenues of support when we’ve needed it. Karen our Macmillan Benefits Adviser has helped my dad apply for a blue badge so that going to the supermarket isn't an impossible feat, and he no longer has to worry about not being able to work.”
No one should face cancer alone. We want to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer, to find out more about how you help support Macmillan to make this possible visit www.macmillan.org.uk/getinvolved or call 0300 1000 200.
If you have any questions about cancer, need support or just want someone to talk to, call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00.
Macmillan would like to thank the many volunteers who dedicate their time to support people affected by cancer.
How to reach us
For fundraising support and information you can contact the Fundraising Support Team.
Opening hours Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Call 0300 1000 200
Note 0300 numbers are charged at the same rate as 01 and 02 numbers, including calling from mobiles.
How to donate to Macmillan
Pay in online.
Send a cheque to the Freepost address:
Macmillan Cancer Support
87-90 Albert Embankment
Pay directly into the bank. Contact the Fundraising Support Team for how to do this and more information on how to donate to Macmillan.
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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
Community Nurse Teams operate across the area, based in Bromsgrove, Evesham, Kidderminster and Malvern, supporting people affected by cancer in their homes.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org