12 June 2015
Miss Black Country, Mario and the rest of the Macmillan team at the takeover - the event was a great success
The Macmillan takeover in Wolverhampton was a great success, with many local people attending to find out more about cancer and the support services available in the community, including Miss Black Country.
Macmillan turned Wolverhampton green on Friday 5 June with events held across the city, providing information, advice and support to those who dropped in interested in finding out more about cancer, including the recently crowned Miss Black Country, Jade Secker, who came along to show her support.
As well as the free Cancer Awareness and Support event at the Wulfrun Shopping Centre, there was Work and Cancer training arranged by Macmillan for local businesses at Wolverhampton Race Course and volunteers from RBS in Wolverhampton were collecting for Macmillan across the town centre.
There was a real buzz throughout the day: some of those who dropped in at the Wulfrun Centre wanted information on signs and symptoms to watch out for, some were newly diagnosed and wanted to find out more about what to expect from treatment and some wanted advice on financial support they could access while they are unable to work. Many people also accessed information about how to live a healthy lifestyle, or how they could get involved with Macmillan.
Mario Barlaba, Macmillan Information and Support Assistant at New Cross Hospital, was there to talk to people about their worries and concerns and to help signpost them to where they could get further support. Mario was supported by Macmillan through his own cancer experience so he spoke firsthand about how important it is that people are aware of cancer and where to go for help.
He said: 'It has been fantastic to have been involved in this event for the people of Wolverhampton, it was a really uplifting and inspiring day. It’s so important to make people aware of all the support that is out there locally so people don’t have to face a diagnosis of cancer alone. Many people commented on how useful they had found the event, and how being able to ask questions and share concerns had lifted a weight from their minds.
'We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported us, from the team at New Cross Hospital, to the local Macmillan Boots team, Beth Johnson Foundation, Brain Tumour Support, the staff at Compton Hospice, the Wulfrun Centre, PACT, all the volunteers who helped on the day and so many more, everyone has been so enthusiastic and keen to give their time to come along and support this event.'