19 July 2016
Staffordshire people turned out in force to support Macmillan Cancer Support’s 'Takeover day' in Lichfield.
Claire Morden, Treasurer of the Lichfield & Tamworth Villages Committee was there along with hundreds of others.
The event took place on Saturday, June 18th at the Three Spires Shopping Centre in Lichfield. It was a family fun day, based in the town centre with a number of stalls including a teddy tombola, a raffle, a cake stall, a hog roast, a face painter, a Macmillan merchandise stall and a Macmillan professional on hand to offer any advice to people who may have cancer concerns. The day raised £2,000 for Macmillan.
Claire’s involvement in the day and many other events like this begins well before the event itself. She said: “It’s the matter of securing local collections, arranging events, getting donations for said events, counting and banking all monies raised and keeping in touch with our tiny but dedicated group of volunteers and the general management of the committee. I believe that we really make a difference to local people affected by cancer due to the sheer amount of money that we raise for the region, which in turn provides services and support that everybody with cancer should receive.
“In 2015 alone we raised £17,155.56,” said Claire. “The Lichfield and Tamworth Villages committee has been going since 2011 and there is a great mix of people involved which is fantastic. We have volunteers of all ages and from all different backgrounds; some are people who have personally been affected by cancer and we try to do something at least once a month, if not more. We are a small group, but the passion, dedication and willingness to support Macmillan these people have never ceases to amaze me. It is very inspiring.”
Claire added: “I got involved with Macmillan through my own personal experience and experiences around cancer. We had a terrible year with family and friends being affected by cancer. My Mum was diagnosed with breast cancer on New Year’s Eve 2009, then shortly after in the February of next year my brother was diagnosed with leukaemia. In May my uncle was diagnosed and subsequently passed away in September from cancer of the oesophagus. Both my brother and my uncle used Macmillan services and I just felt that I wanted to give something back as a way of thanking Macmillan and maybe helping others that were going through a similar experience. The best part about what I do with Macmillan is in the knowing that I’m making a difference to people at the most challenging time of their life.”
If you’re going through cancer and would like any advice, have any questions about cancer or to hear about the help available to you, you can get in touch with Macmillan Cancer Support by visiting www.macmillan.org.uk or call 0808 808 00 00.