11 June 2015
Macmillan Cancer Support turned Wolverhampton green on Friday 5th June with events held across the city, including a free cancer awareness and support event at the Wulfrun Shopping Centre providing information, advice and support to those who dropped in.
The event was a great success with many local people attending to find out more about cancer and the support services available in the community. Jade Secker, recently crowned Miss Black Country, also came along to show her support.
In addition to the event at the Wulfrun 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 healthier lifestyle, or how they could now support 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 knowing 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 Advocacy, 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.'
An estimated 1,490 people are diagnosed with cancer in Wolverhampton every year and each of these people will require support. When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about the physical effects, it also has an impact financially and emotionally. Macmillan want to ensure people are aware of the support available in the local community.
You can access support at the Macmillan Information and Support Centre at New Cross Hospital, on 01902 695 234 or through the Wolverhampton Macmillan Library Information and Support Service on 01902 550089. The Wolverhampton Macmillan Welfare Rights Service offers a free, confidential benefits advice service to people living with cancer, their carers and relatives, on 01902 695 780.
If you have any questions about cancer, need support or just someone to talk to, call free, Monday to Friday 9am-8pm on 0808 808 00 00 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk.