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 Herefordshire.
Focus on Herefordshire and the Forest of Dean
This March is ovarian cancer awareness month. Every year, 7100 women are diagnosed with the disease and many need help coping with its emotional impact.
One way of getting help is through one of the many support groups up and down the country which help thousands of people cope with the emotional impact cancer has.
Someone who works with these groups on a daily basis is Jo Scott, Macmillan’s Involvement Coordinator in the West Midlands, including Herefordshire.
‘My role as an Involvement Coordinator is so varied. One day I might be meeting a cancer support group to talk about the “Macmillan Supporting You to Help Others Development Grants”, another I might be helping a new volunteer though the process of setting up a new support group, which can seem really daunting at first.
‘Another element to my role is ensuring that people affected by cancer are involved in setting up cancer services by getting their voices heard at a local, regional and strategic level. I do this by helping train them so they can effectively share their personal experiences of treatment and care. This helps influence the development of the new services or improvements to existing ones so that they meet the patients’ needs.
‘I also help run networks for cancer support groups across our area, enabling them to meet up and share their experiences and knowledge. This helps them improve access to a number of different cancer services, including self-management programmes. And I work with NHS trusts to improve their cancer patients’ experience and help healthcare professionals to see how existing cancer services can be made better.
‘I’m part of the Macmillan’s service development team in the West Midlands and the best part of my job is supporting people affected by cancer to set up something which will help others going through their own cancer journey. So that might be a support group for children whose parents have cancer or a choir to help people regain their confidence. It’s such an enormous variety of things that people want to do and every call I get about a start-up grant will have an inspiring story behind it.
‘Outside of work I am a trustee for Headway and I was very excited to see a partnership developed in the West Midlands with Macmillan for people affected by brain injury to support them and their families through cancer.
‘From April I’ll be joining Macmillan’s Mobile Information and Support Service and will be travelling around the Midlands with Betty Bus. My role as an involvement coordinator has been a fantastic grounding for me and will mean I can now signpost people to the local groups I have worked with over the past year.’
No one should face cancer alone. If you need information, support or just a chat, call us on 0808 808 0000 Monday – Friday, 9am – 8pm.
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
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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Our organisation was started by a volunteer nearly one hundred years ago, and today they’re still at the very heart of everything we do. Join us and together we can make a difference.
Find the latest volunteering opportunities near to you on our volunteer pages.
More about Macmillan in Herefordshire
Macmillan Cancer Support and the Health Services in Herefordshire work together to provide:
- Herefordshire PCT Macmillan Community Palliative Care Team based at St Michael’s Hospice
- Herefordshire PCT Macmillan Lymphoedema Team based at Bromyard Community Hospital
- Wide-ranging specialist nursing services based at Hereford County Hospital
In addition, people affected by cancer in Herefordshire benefit from Macmillan’s many other services – such as the free telephone support line, which can offer general information and advice about cancer, benefits advice, practical help and youth advice for children affected by cancer.
Five ways you can help us
By giving money:
Every donation, big or small, makes an essential difference to people living with cancer. Please donate online, or remember us in your will.
By organising a collection or event:
Could you use your hobby, or get together with friends to raise money for Macmillan. Why not set yourself a challenge and get sponsorship? What about making us your charity at work or at school? We will help with any events you might like to plan.
By joining a Macmillan event:
Whether it's the World's biggest Coffee morning, the Flora London Marathon, or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, there is a Macmillan event for you and we'll support you all the way.
By sharing your skills:
Could you give us some of your time? All help with events, collections and administration in the office is always very welcome.
By making us your charity:
Through you workplace, your school, your club could you get together with friends and colleagues and raise money for the Macmillan Renton Appeal?
Tell us 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 Laura Mitchell on 01264 343 807, or by emailing LMitchell@macmillan.org.uk.