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
Sylvia Green has been a volunteer at the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch for four years. After retiring she was keen to feel involved with her local community and following the stories and experiences of close family members she was inspired to join Macmillan and help people affected by cancer.
The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre at the Alexandra Hospital is one of three Macmillan Information Centre’s across Worcestershire supporting people affected by cancer and helping them to access other Macmillan support services, ensuring that no one affected by cancer has to face it alone.
Sylvia helps provide support on all aspects of cancer, from providing written information about types of cancer or treatments, to signposting towards further help with practical or financial support, she is there with a listening ear at all times.
She says, “People often say it is easier to talk to someone they don’t know as they feel reluctant to burden their loved ones, it’s a good feeling to be able to help people to start to talk about their worries and concerns. We often see people from diagnosis to the end of their treatments and get to know them well and it’s an enormous privilege to share in their story in some small way.
“When I go home after my morning shift sometimes I feel emotionally drained, it can be challenging, but it feels good to think I have helped someone. I would recommend volunteering for Macmillan. You will find a warm welcome and support with training whilst you find your feet.
“I have supported one lady with a blood cancer for three years. She regularly comes in on my shift for a chat and it has been wonderful to see her health improve. When we first met she was struggling physically, we helped her sort out her finances and get her some help with her housework and Macmillan local community scheme enabled her to have some gardening done which had been a worry to her. I was so delighted that she was able to visit her son at the seaside just before Christmas – the first time she has been well enough since her diagnosis.”
If, like Sylvia, you are interested in supporting people affected by cancer locally, then there are a fantastic range of opportunities available, with varying amounts of time and input required. From volunteering at your local Macmillan Information Centre, lending a hand at a fundraising event, or supporting someone affected by cancer with practical help, we've got a role for you. To find out how to get involved contact Macmillan Information & Support Service Lead Kay Tandy at Worcestershire Royal Hospital Tel 01905 733837 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Macmillan would like to thank the many volunteers who dedicate their time to support people affected by cancer.
How to reach us
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Call 0300 1000 200
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How to donate to Macmillan
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Macmillan Cancer Support
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
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 email@example.com