11 November 2015
L-R: Kath Curley, Project Manager at Beth Johnson Foundation; The Mayor of Wolverhampton; The Mayoress of Wolverhampton; Anna Lynall, Associate Macmillan Development Manager.
A cancer advocacy and support project has officially been launched by the Mayor of Wolverhampton, extending it into the city from Staffordshire.
Run by the Beth Johnson Foundation, the project provides advocacy and support for people aged 50 and over who are affected by cancer. It was set up in Stoke-on-Trent two years ago with funding from Macmillan Cancer Support, then last year it was extended Staffordshire-wide. Having been awarded an extra £120,000 from Macmillan, the project has now officially extended into Wolverhampton as well.
In 2014, the project helped 124 people with resolving or speaking out about a wide range of issues or problems including attending meetings with consultants and GPs, getting benefits advice and giving much-needed emotional support.
The Mayor of Wolverhampton said: ‘We all know someone affected by cancer, and those numbers are only going to increase. So it’s wonderful that Macmillan and the Beth Johnson Foundation are working together to provide some fantastic support to people in Wolverhampton. I’d encourage anyone who thinks this project might be able to help them to get in touch.’
Kath Curley, Project Lead, said: 'Our Cancer Advocacy and Support Project is led by highly experienced health and social care professionals and is free, confidential and independent. Being diagnosed with cancer is the toughest thing most of us will ever face, not just for the person diagnosed but for everyone caring for and supporting them. It’s been a very busy two years since we started, and we’re thrilled to be able to help people affected by cancer in Wolverhampton express their views and get the support they are entitled to, allowing them to focus on what’s important: their health and well-being.'
Anna Lynall, Associate Macmillan Development Manager for Staffordshire and Wolverhampton, said: 'More than 1,200 people are diagnosed with cancer in Wolverhampton every year. That diagnosis can bring with it a huge amount of anxiety, from confusion about treatment and side effects, to worrying about reduced income. So we’re extremely pleased to help this project expand and give people that source of support so they don’t have to face it alone.'
To get support from the Staffordshire and Wolverhampton Cancer Advocacy and Support Project or to find out how you can become a volunteer advocate and support people affected by cancer, call 01782 844036 or email firstname.lastname@example.org