1 March 2016
Macmillan Community Support volunteer, Rebecca Ashworth, with Brenda Beck
A volunteer-led scheme run by Macmillan Cancer Support is widening its reach to help support more people affected by cancer in Cheshire.
The Macmillan Community Support: Cheshire West and Chester initiative was originally established in 2013 as a Bereavement Support Scheme, and has been successfully supporting people who have lost a loved one to cancer.
However, as the number of people affected by cancer grows, the new-look scheme is expanding to help more people from the point of diagnosis through to bereavement support, and also assist both the person with the diagnosis and their loved ones.
Brenda Beck, from Ellesmere Port, has been supported by a Macmillan volunteer, Rebecca Ashworth, following the death of her husband Cliff, after being advised to contact the service by her GP.
She said: “Rebecca’s such a sweet person and so easy to talk to. My eldest daughter lives in America and said she couldn’t believe the difference in me since she saw me last – she says I’m much more positive and back to being ‘mum’ again.”
Macmillan volunteer, Rebecca Ashworth, says that people are often more comfortable talking to volunteers about things they would never discuss with their families. She said: “Everyone’s different and sometimes it takes you a few visits for people to know you’re genuine and to trust you with their memories.
“It’s not a ‘one glove fits all’ approach. I have helped a lady who needed support sorting through her late husband’s items, I accompanied a lady to a bereavement support group, I’ve done charity shop runs for people and now I’m supporting Brenda. I just like helping people. That’s it.”
The new Macmillan Community Support: Cheshire West and Chester provides both practical and emotional support to people affected by cancer. All the volunteers have completed an application process, hold a DBS Certificate and are fully trained.
For further details contact Macmillan Community Support: Cheshire West and Chester on 07455 758717