6 January 2016
Brian Wright, cancer survivor
A group of Doncaster residents who work to represent the views of people living with and beyond cancer have been awarded £500 by Macmillan Cancer Support.
A group of Doncaster residents living with and beyond cancer have been awarded £500 by Macmillan Cancer Support. The newly formed group aims to bring about positive changes in cancer services that represent the views of people affected by cancer.
Doncaster Cancer Survivors Action Group (DCSAG), who formed in 2015, are actively helping to shape local cancer services by talking to all the major health and social care decision makers.
Brian Wright, Cancer survivor and founding member of DCSAG said:
'Our aim is simply to improve the experiences of people affected by cancer in Doncaster, we believe we’re the experts in that field because we’ve been through it personally.
'The funding we received from Macmillan helps to cement that we are in this for the long haul, we’re delighted that we’ve been given this boast to help us continue to ensure our voices are heard'
Ian Margerison, Macmillan Cancer Support said:
'DCSAG impressed us with their commitment to securing real change for people in Doncaster. In the short time they have been formed they’ve secured a seat on the local cancer board, hold regular meetings with health providers, commissioners and Doncaster Council.
'Through establishing these links they have put the views of people affected by cancer firmly onto the agenda.'
DCSAG are looking for new members for the group, if you have been affected by cancer and are interested in becoming a member of DCSAG please contact the group secretary Richard Rimmington (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Macmillan funds around 176 new groups a year nationally and has been working with people affected by cancer in Doncaster since 2011.
DCSAG will continue to be supported by Macmillan as part of their collaboration with Commissioners Working Together. Macmillan Living With And Beyond Cancer Programme is a partnership with eight Clinical Commissioning Groups across South and Mid Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire, including Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group.