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
Earlier this year Macmillan research showed that more than half (54%) of people in Worcestershire – an estimated 254,000 people – currently have, or have had, a family member or a close friend with cancer. Cancer can have a huge impact on all aspects of your life and Macmillan want to help ensure no one faces cancer alone.
Sarah Beaven is a Mobile Cancer Information and Support Specialist working on the Macmillan Mobile Cancer Information and Support Service. Sarah travels across the country with one of the Macmillan Mobile units (a big green bus) providing information and support for those with questions or concerns about all aspects of cancer, from raising awareness of how to reduce your risk of cancer and spotting the signs early, right through to people undergoing cancer treatment or supporting those who have lost someone to cancer.
Sarah says, ‘We support people around a range of issues: medical, emotional, practical and financial. Our bus has a wide range of information available and a private space for people to have a confidential chat. We also signpost people to local cancer support services. Often local Macmillan Professionals from the Macmillan Information Centres, Macmillan CAB service or Macmillan Relate service in Worcestershire come and volunteer with us for the day as well. Our team is made up of various professionals coming from a number of oncology backgrounds to ensure that we can answer a wide range of questions.
So far this year the bus has visited Kidderminster, Droitwich, Redditch and Bromsgrove, and also spent three days at the Three Counties Show. At the show the team handed out awareness information to over 1000 people and gave over 200 people one-to-one support.
Sarah adds, ‘I sadly lost a few close members of my family to cancer and wanted to contribute something positive to ensure others don’t have to face this alone. I really enjoy meeting so many different people. The variety of my role means that you can be supporting people at many different points in their cancer journey and being able to help to find a way through, either the little things or the bigger issues, you really feel like you’re making a difference.
‘We recently supported a young man who had been caring for his mum alone and had no idea about any of the help he could get. He was truly struggling by this point both financially and emotionally. We were able to give him the space to talk about how he was coping but also were able to give him practical advice on ways to move forward: signposting to local organisations and ensuring he knew about the potential for financial help from Macmillan.
‘My message to Macmillan supporters would be a huge thank you. We see every day the impact that Macmillan services have for people at the most difficult of times for them and this wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our supporters.’
The Mobile Unit will be returning to Worcestershire in 2016, in the meantime if you need local support there are three Macmillan Information and Support Centers across Worcestershire at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Kidderminster Hospital and Worcestershire Royal Hospital and a Macmillan Information Area at the new Oncology Centre.
For more information contact Kay Tandy, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service Lead on 01905 733837 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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.
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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