Focus on July
"It gives me pride to know I am spending my life giving something back"
Chairman of Macmillan Cancer Support’s Wells Fundraising Committee Mark Tobin shares why he thinks giving back is so important and what being part of the charity’s fundraising work gives to him
What inspired you to dedicate time to contribute to the work of Macmillan?
I lost both my parents to cancer — my mum was very young and my dad died ten years ago — plus we lost two of my grandparents and an aunt to the disease. My sister is also currently living with cancer, she has three metastatic tumours, so I feel very passionately about helping in the fight to prevent others suffering from cancer. All my family have been supported by Macmillan I wanted my efforts to go towards supporting the charity and giving something back in return for caring for my family members.
How did you get involved with Macmillan’s Wells Fundraising Committee?
The Wells Committee is very well established and has been supporting Macmillan for 100 years. I joined the group 15 years ago. When some of the more senior members left the group, it seemed the natural progression for me to step up and lead the committee. I am General Manager for the Best Western Plus Swan Hotel in Wells having climbed the ladder right from working as a Bellboy at the hotel 25 years ago. The hotel is very supportive of my work with the committee, so we get to hold events at the hotel which I am very thankful for.
What do you enjoy about giving your time and working on the committee?
Working in a fundraising group is a phenomenal opportunity to give something back and to meet some fantastic people. I can really recommend it. It’s wonderfully social and fulfilling. The highlight of my year is our committee’s annual luncheon which we have the hotel every November. Around 130 local people come together to hear about what the committee has been up to and what we have planned, and of course we get the chance to enjoy lunch together!
How do you work with the Macmillan’s local team?
The local Fundraising Team at Macmillan are extremely special – they support you when you need it but also leave you to get on with it.
What have you managed to achieve as a committee?
I am extremely proud of what the committee has achieved. Since 1994 it has raised almost £350,000 for people affected by cancer and over £58,000 has been donated via the committee in the last three years.
How do you see your involvement with the committee and Macmillan continuing?
I'm very excited about everything we are doing over the next few months and hope we have a long lifetime of fundraising ahead of us!
It gives me life pride to know that I am giving something back – without fundraising groups, we can’t get the word out to the local community about the great work that Macmillan are doing. The committee members and I will do everything we can to try and raise funds for Macmillan so that we can ensure no-one has to face cancer alone and that everyone has access to support when they need it.
What would you say to someone looking to make use of their time and help Macmillan?
Every fundraising committee needs new input and to keep fresh ideas coming through. Our committee is no exception and I would say please come forward and get in touch.
You’ll get as much from helping Macmillan as you give and we need you!
Hi! I’m Ceris Bradley, Fundraising Manager with Macmillan.
Our fundraising groups bring in £8 million a year and are such a vital part of Macmillan. We couldn’t reach people in the community without these committed volunteers. They are helping us get closer to our goal of reaching everyone affected by cancer.
If you would like to support the work of the charity, we are currently setting up a new social group in South Gloucestershire and we need you!
The first meeting of this new fundraising group will take place on 8th August at 3pm, at Hawkes House, Thornbury, BS35 2AB.
You are welcome to join us on the day and if you’d like to discuss the meeting further beforehand, please contact me on 07710 307049.
No one should face cancer alone. For support, information or if you just want to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk.