The Woolverstone Macmillan Centre

Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face. Every year, more than 4,000 people in Suffolk are told that they have cancer. The total number of people in Suffolk living with or beyond cancer is set to almost double by 2030. But they don’t have to go through it alone. Help us build the Woolverstone Macmillan Cancer Centre.

At Ipswich Hospital the current chemotherapy unit can treat only 12 people at a time. Even with demand at current levels, things are difficult for staff and patients. 

In 2011/12, nearly 2,000 patients who needed chemotherapy were not able to be treated at the day unit, because of  lack of space. The only other option for patients was to admit them overnight in the hospital, causing additional disruption for them and their families. 

Families and carers can rarely stay with their loved ones while they go through chemotherapy, because the chairs are needed for other patients. This is hard on everyone – most of us want to be with someone we love when facing a demanding situation like cancer treatment. And while the dedicated and talented staff at Ipswich Hospital go the extra mile to care for and support each patient, they cannot be with everyone having treatment, all the time. 

We want to build a state-of-the art cancer centre in partnership with Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust for people affected by cancer in the county  – and we need your help.

The new centre will:

  • Be a significant step forward in meeting the rising demand for cancer services locally – at diagnosis, during and after treatment. It will be used by thousands of families in the local area.
  • Combine the current outpatient chemotherapy and day unit services in one purpose-built centre. The new chemotherapy suites will have space and equipment to treat 30 people at one time, not just 12. This means  21,000 people will be able to be treated each year, more than double the current number. 
  • The new, state-of-the-art building will allow patients to experience treatment in the best environment possible. Staff will be able to do their job even more efficiently in a space that helps, rather than hinders. 

We're raising funds for a Woolverstone Macmillan Centre at the Ipswich Hospital. There's a small chance we'll raise more than we need for this project, and if this happens then your gift will be used to provide much needed help and support to people affected by cancer in the Suffolk area.

Ross and Maria's story

Ross Weaver (53) from Felixstowe was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer in 2012. He was treated with radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and now travels to the hospital for treatment every two weeks. 

Ross and Maria his wife Maria (47), have both struggled to cope with their visits to the chemotherapy suite. Ross says: ‘The first time I went for treatment, I’ve got to be honest, I really hated going into a room where there were lots of people and not a lot of privacy. I thought I’d be going into a small room or a cubicle to have treatment – never thought I’d have it in a room with everybody else there.’

The very cramped facilities mean that sometimes patients cannot have someone with them during treatment. ‘Ross is needle-phobic which doesn’t help,’ says Maria. ‘When he’s getting the canula in, he’ll squeeze my hand and close his eyes and shake, and for him to have to go through that and I’m not there with him is upsetting for both of us.’

Frequently asked questions

What is happening at Ipswich Hospital?

Macmillan Cancer Support and Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust are building an innovative new £4.7 million cancer treatment centre at The Ipswich Hospital which will transform cancer care locally. It will be called the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre. The centre will open in the Spring of 2016.

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What is the need for the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre?

The number of people diagnosed and living with cancer is growing Every day 12 people in Suffolk hear the news they have cancer. There are over 27,000 people living with or beyond cancer in the county.  The now oversubscribed facilities at Ipswich Hospital do not always allow the outstanding staff to treat everyone as they would wish.

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Where will the funds come from?

The Ipswich Hospital Trust Charitable Funds have contributed £1m towards the centre including all monies raised to date from the Woolverstone Wish Appeal, but we need to raise a further £3.7m to make the dream of The Woolverstone Macmillan Centre a reality. So Macmillan, the Hospital and Woolverstone Wish are joining forces and launching a new appeal.

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What will the new centre include?

The Woolverstone Macmillan Centre will combine the current outpatient chemotherapy and day unit services in one purpose-built centre. The new chemotherapy suites will have space and equipment to treat 30 people at a time, a marked improvement on the current over-subscribed capacity of 12. This means the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre at Ipswich Hospital will be able to treat nearly 21,000 people each year, more than double the current number. 

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What else is special about the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre?

The new, spacious centre will improve the privacy and dignity of patients during their treatment and enable loved ones to remain with patients during treatment, which currently cannot always happen.The new centre will reduce waiting times for patients to access services and reduce the possibility of people having to travel to receive treatment. 

It will also provide an appropriate pharmacy facility within the chemotherapy unit to reduce waiting times, meet national standards and support the cancer patient pathway. The centre will be more spacious and environmentally friendly for both patients and staff. And it will enable friends and family to accompany their loved ones on the difficult patient journey.

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What is happening to Woolverstone Wish?

Woolverstone Wish is part of The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust Charitable Funds and have raised more than £770k in the past five years in support of providing refurbished cancer services at the hospital. This team of dedicated fundraisers – is now joining forces with Macmillan Cancer Support to help raise a further £3.7million to build the new Woolverstone Macmillan Centre. It is a hugely ambitious target which none of the groups could achieve on their own.

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Was this always the plan?

No. Woolverstone Wish’s work as one of The Ipswich Hospital’s charitable funds has been more successful than anyone could have imagined. Because of their success in raising more than £750k, the vision of completely transforming cancer services at the hospital was born. By joining forces with Macmillan Cancer Support to launch a fresh appeal, that vision can now become a reality. A £4.7m state-of-the-art cancer centre is an outcome that could only be dreamed of five years ago.

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How much has already been raised?

The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust Charitable Funds, including the work of Woolverstone Wish have already raised £1m towards the centre, but we need to raise a further £3.7m to make the dream of The Woolverstone Macmillan Centre a reality. So Macmillan, the Hospital and Woolverstone Wish are joining forces. It is a hugely ambitious target which none of the three groups could achieve on their own.

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What about money previously raised by Woolverstone Wish?

Every penny previously raised and given to Woolverstone Wish is going into building the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre. 

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So what is the status of Woolverstone Wish?

Woolverstone Wish has become a Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising group in order to more easily channel the funds raised by them into the appeal for £3.7m.

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Won't Woolverstone Wish lose its identity?

No. The planned transformation of cancer services at the hospital is only possibly because of the vision and passion of Woolverstone Wish, its committee members and the thousands of people across Suffolk who have supported their fundraising work over the past five years. That work will continue. While Macmillan Cancer Support is joining forces with the Trust and Woolverstone Wish, it is hoped that working together we will see the much needed extra £3.7m raised in the coming months.

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Where can I send cheques to?

Cheques should be made payable to Macmillan Cancer Support and sent to:
Woolverstone Macmillan Centre Appeal supporter donations
89 Albert Embankment
London
SE1 7UQ

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‘Astonishing’ £300k raised in seven months for new Ipswich Hospital cancer centre Wednesday 29 July 2015 29 Jul 2015

Extraordinary generosity from the people of Suffolk has seen over £300,000 pour in during the first seven months of an appeal to build a new cancer centre at Ipswich Hospital.
Nick Hulme, Chief Executive of The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust described the early fundraising efforts as ‘astonishing’.

'We need to raise £3.7 million in order to build the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre and transform cancer care for patients at the hospital. This astonishing start shows we can do it, with the continued efforts of people in Suffolk and our national partner Macmillan Cancer Support leading the fundraising appeal.'

Gwyneth Tyler, General Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, praised the work of local fundraisers such as the Macmillan Woolverstone Wish Fundraising Group, who before joining forces with Macmillan, had created momentum for a new cancer centre by raising £1million over five years.

'People have been running 10k’s and marathons, holding quiz nights, auctions, coffee mornings and much else besides. I would urge even more people in Suffolk to join in so that we can ensure the best possible environment for patients being treated at Ipswich Hospital,' said Gwyneth Tyler.

The Woolverstone Macmillan Centre, due to open next year, will bring to an end patients’ current experience of often cramped conditions, not always having the privacy and dignity they deserve and sometimes having to be admitted overnight or travel to other hospitals for treatment.

The Woolverstone Macmillan Centre will bring together outpatient chemotherapy, oncology and haematology day services. Planned new chemotherapy suites will be able to treat 30 people at a time, a significant improvement on the current over-subscribed capacity of 12. The centre will be able to treat significantly more people each year as a result.

Patient Roger Betts, 68, from Ipswich has already raised thousands of pounds for the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre appeal. Last summer, in the wake of intensive chemotherapy treatment, Roger travelled from Land’s End to Gretna Green – using only local buses.

His extraordinary bus trip took Roger five days, raising over £2,000 for the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre. He is determined to keep fundraising so that local people affected by cancer can benefit from the best possible facilities and support. 'It can be as simple as inviting friends round for a Macmillan coffee morning. Every penny counts, and there are so many ways you can do it.'

Roger adds: 'Macmillan has done so much for me, and I’ve seen them do so much for other people. Fundraising is a way of giving back, just a tiny little bit.'

Comments Lisa Nobes, Acting Director of Nursing and Quality at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust: 'It means such a lot to us that people are getting behind the appeal. There’s a lot of anticipation among staff about the new centre. They are thrilled at the prospect of seeing the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre open and making a difference in the lives of patients. I know it will be one of my career highlights to see it open and being used by patients.'

Cheryl Thayer, Chair of the Macmillan Woolverstone Wish Fundraising Group1, says: 'The generous response of people in Suffolk is continuing, which is simply fantastic. Pound by pound, the vision we had all those years ago for the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre is coming into being. I would like to urge everyone to redouble their efforts and continue to work hard together.'

Mandy Jordan, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, urged people wishing to fundraise for the new centre to contact Macmillan’s special fundraising support centre. 'We are seeing schools, businesses, groups of friends, sports clubs and many others all playing a part. Please do get behind the appeal and help us to reach the huge target we have set.'

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£50k raised for state-of-the-art Ipswich cancer centre in just 12 weeks Thursday 05 March 2015 05 Mar 2015

A £3.7 million fundraising appeal for a new state-of-the-art cancer centre at Ipswich Hospital has already hit an extraordinary milestone of £50,000 in just 12 weeks.

The Woolverstone Macmillan Cancer Centre, due to open in 2016, aims to transform cancer care for patients served by Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust. In late November an ambitious appeal to raise £3.7 million for the centre was launched.

Mandy Jordan, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Suffolk, says: “This is a fantastic early goal to have reached; I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community so far. The people of Suffolk have lent their support to the Woolverstone Wish appeal over the past few years, and they have thrown their weight behind our latest appeal with equal enthusiasm and heart. Thanks to everyone for their efforts so far; every pound raised helps us to transform cancer care at Ipswich Hospital.”

Nick Hulme, Chief Executive of The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust says: “The Woolverstone Macmillan Cancer Centre will be a huge asset not only to the Trust but to the thousands of people affected by cancer in Suffolk. The incredible amount raised so far, building on the £1 million raised by the Woolverstone Wish team over the past five years, brings us even closer to making our vision for transformed cancer care in Suffolk a reality.”

The Woolverstone Macmillan Cancer Centre will improve current cramped conditions, allow patients the privacy and dignity they deserve, and help avoid overnight admissions or patients having to travel to other hospitals for treatment. It will bring together outpatient chemotherapy, oncology and haematology day services and will enable the centre to treat nearly 21,000 people a year – more than double the current number.

People wishing to support the £3.7 million fundraising appeal are being urged to call Macmillan on 0300 1000 200 or visit the special Woolverstone Macmillan Centre appeal page www.macmillan.org.uk/ipswich.

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For more information, please contact:

Ellie Ball, Communications Assistant, Macmillan Cancer Support, 02070912368 or eball@macmillan.org.uk

Andie Hill, Communciations Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support, 02070914745 or ahill@macmillan.org.uk

Jan Ingle, Head of Communications and External Relations, The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, 01473 704770, Jan.Ingle@ipswichhospital.nhs.uk

Notes to Editors:

About Macmillan Cancer Support

When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. At Macmillan, we know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything and we’re here to support you through. From help with money worries and advice about work, to someone who’ll listen if you just want to talk, we’ll be there. We’ll help you make the choices you need to take back control, so you can start to feel like yourself again.

No one should face cancer alone. For support, information or if you just want to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk.

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Local community and business leaders back new £3.7m appeal for cancer centre at Ipswich Hospital Friday 27 February 2015 27 Feb 2015

Last night saw local community and business leaders wholeheartedly back the £3.7 million fundraising appeal for a new state-of-the-art cancer centre at Ipswich Hospital at a prestigious event.
The Woolverstone Macmillan Centre, due to open in 2016, will bring to an end patients’ current experience of often cramped conditions. It will be able to treat 21,000 people each year, more than double the current number.

Local fundraising groups and businesses, medical staff and volunteers were among around 100 people at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall to help launch the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre appeal and to see newly-released images showcasing the interior of the spacious planned new centre. Representatives from local business Greene King and the Woodbridge Committee also attended the launch in support of their charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support.

Nick Hulme, Chief Executive of The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust says: “I am thrilled that because of the wonderful work in recent years of the Woolverstone Wish fundraising campaign and the partnership with Macmillan we are going to be able to provide the best possible care for cancer patients treated by the our hospital.”

Macmillan Cancer Support has launched the appeal for £3.7million following Ipswich Hospital Charitable Trust’s contribution of £1million towards the build. This includes all donations previously given through Woolverstone Wish, who have raised more than £800,000. Since the first news of the build in November an extraordinary milestone of £50,000 has been raised in just 12 weeks thanks to the generosity of people in Suffolk.

Simon Philips, Fundraising Director for Macmillan Cancer Support, praised the ‘extraordinary’ fundraising efforts to date and urged a re-doubling of effort to help reach the ambitious target of £3.7 million: “It is people like you, out and about in Suffolk, doing all sorts of fundraising activities that helps us work towards the day when no one locally will face cancer alone.”

Tony Godden, a cancer survivor treated at Ipswich Hospital and a volunteer at the Cancer unit attended the event and shared his experiences:

“I know for certain that if it wasn’t for Ipswich Hospital I would be dead and it’s just wonderful to be alive. Because I volunteer on the cancer unit I see hundreds of patients and I talk too many of them, so I know what this new cancer unit means to them as well – it’s a lifeline.”

Tony continued:

“When you realise that we have thousands of people that come into the centre for radiotherapy, chemotherapy, infusion or for a clinical purpose but all we can do is seat a limited number, it’s ridiculous. The new plans mean that we can seat many more which is wonderful and I’m thrilled beyond measure that we will be able to help so many more people. It’s going to make such a difference to the cancer patients in Ipswich and surrounding area, and going to make an enormous difference to their families. I think it is a terrific project and I’m thrilled to bits to be involved and to have shared my story tonight.”

Gwyneth Tyler, Macmillan Senior Development Manager, says: “We want to build a treatment centre that brings together outpatient chemotherapy, oncology and haematology outpatient services to deliver a state-of-the-art future for patients and staff. The new chemotherapy suites will have space and equipment to treat 30 people at one time, a marked improvement on the current over-subscribed capacity of 12. This means the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre will be able to treat nearly 21,000 people each year, more than double the current number.”
Mandy Jordan, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Suffolk, adds:

“It is fantastic that word is spreading about the £3.7 million appeal. It is a huge target, but we hope that many local individuals, groups of friends, families, schools and businesses, will play a part in helping us to reach the massive challenge we have set ourselves and help make the new centre a reality.”

Mandy continues:

“All contributions will make a big difference to the care of local people affected by cancer. Around £200 could pay for a comfortable chair in the new, improved reception area, while £1200 could pay for a chemotherapy chair which would provide maximum comfort as patients undergo their treatment.”

People wishing to support the £3.7 million fundraising appeal are being urged to call Macmillan on 0300 1000 200 or visit the special Woolverstone Macmillan Centre appeal page www.macmillan.org.uk/ipswich

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For further information, please contact:

Andie Hill, Regional Communications Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support, Tel 020 7840 4757 (office); 07977 864281 (mobile). Keith Ewing, Communications Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support on 020 7091 2365 (office); 07595 243109 (mobile);

Jan Ingle, Head of Communications and External Relations, The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust on 01473 704770 (office); 07917 232451 (mobile).

Notes to Editors:

1.  Woolverstone Wish is now known as Macmillan Woolverstone Wish Fundraising Group.

2.  Photo left to right: Nick Hulme, Chief Executive of The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, Tony Godden, Simon Philips, Fundraising Director for Macmillan Cancer Support, Cheryl Thayer, Chair of the Macmillan Woolverstone Wish Fundraising group and Gwyneth Tyler, Macmillan Senior Development Manager.

3.  More photos from the Fundraising Launch for the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre are available.

About Macmillan Cancer Support

When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.

That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.

To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk.

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New £4.7m cancer centre announced for Ipswich Hospital Saturday 29 November 2014 29 Nov 2014

Fundraising campaign for £3.7m launched after £1m already raised

Cancer care for patients served by Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust will be transformed under plans announced today (Nov 28) for a new £4.7 million state-of-the-art cancer centre. The Woolverstone Macmillan Centre, due to open in 2016, will bring to an end patients’ current experience of often cramped conditions, not always having the privacy and dignity they deserve and sometimes having to be admitted overnight or travel to other hospitals for treatment.

The Woolverstone Macmillan Centre will bring together outpatient chemotherapy, oncology and haematology day services. Planned new chemotherapy suites will be able to treat 30 people at a time, a significant improvement on the current over-subscribed capacity of 12. The centre will be able to treat nearly 21,000 people each year, more than double the current number.

For the past five years, the Woolverstone Wish appeal has captured many Suffolk people’s imaginations with a vision of transformed cancer services at the hospital. In that time they have raised more than £770,000. A further £250,000 committed by The Ipswich Hospital Charitable Trust means that already £1 million has been raised toward the new centre, announced today. Macmillan Cancer Support in Suffolk has now joined forces with the Trust and is launching a fundraising appeal for the remaining £3.7 million need to build the new centre.

Patient Roger Betts, (67), from Ipswich, who has been treated for tonsil cancer and has already raised funds towards new facilities, says:

“The chemo unit was very busy and sometimes I felt I just wanted somewhere to sit and have 10 minutes’ peace. To have a little oasis would have been wonderful. Somewhere to sit, to be tranquil and take a little time just to calm down.”

Roger continues: “When the new building opens, I’ll really enjoy seeing all the new facilities and seeing people use them knowing there is hope. A lot of people have done much more than I have to raise funds, but I’ll be proud of the limited amount that I have done to help.”

Maria Weaver (47), from Felixstowe, whose husband Ross (53) is being treated for bowel cancer, says: “Sometimes there’s no space for me to sit with my husband Ross. He’s needle-phobic, which doesn’t help, so when he’s getting the canula in, he’ll squeeze my hand and close his eyes and shake. For him to have to go through that and I’m not there with him is upsetting for both of us.

“A more cheerful environment would make a big difference. More light would be good. It feels quite medical and the seats are all packed together. I have felt a bit upset in the past and said to Ross, ‘I’m just popping outside a minute’, and I just go outside and get myself together,” says Maria.

Nick Hulme, Chief Executive of The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust says: “We are here today because of the fantastic work of the Woolverstone Wish team and I am so looking forward to taking this forward with the amazing support of our national partner Macmillan Cancer Support.”

Gwyneth Tyler, Macmillan Senior Development Manager for Suffolk, says: “In 2013 more than 10,500 people were treated by the day unit at Ipswich Hospital. This number is expected to keep rising by 180 people a year. As the cancer story in Suffolk changes and becomes more complex, it is more important than ever that we, together with our partner Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust and passionate fundraisers like the Woolverstone Wish fundraising group, strive even harder to ensure better lives for everyone affected by cancer. We are absolutely delighted to be able to announce news of the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre and would urge everyone to support the fundraising appeal launched today.”

Cheryl Thayer, who has been Chair of the Woolverstone Wish appeal1 for the past five years, says: “I am overjoyed and humbled that people in Suffolk have already helped Woolverstone Wish raise more than £770,000. The dream of The Woolverstone Macmillan Centre can now become a reality if we redouble our efforts and continue to work hard together.”

Dr Lynne Wigens, Director of Nursing and Quality at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust:  “When we started to look at the new design, with Macmillan and the architect, it almost gave me goose bumps to think it could be so lovely for people. It’s a difficult time for people when they have to receive treatment and I think people deserve a really nice environment.”

Mandy Jordan, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan, urged people across Suffolk to join the fundraising effort for the new centre. “We hope that as many individuals, groups of friends, families, schools and businesses, will play a part in helping us to reach the huge target we have set ourselves.”

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For further information, please contact:

Jan Ingle, Head of Communications and External Relations, The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust on 01473 704770 (office); 07917 232451 (mobile).

Keith Ewing, Communications Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support on 020 7091 2365 (office); 07595 243109 (mobile);

Amy Guest, Regional Communications Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support, Tel 020 7091 2366 (office); 07764 483231 (mobile).

Macmillan Cancer Support 

More than one in three of us will get cancer. For most of us it will be the toughest fight we ever face. And the feelings of isolation and loneliness that so many people experience make it even harder.

But you don’t have to go through it alone. The Macmillan team is with you every step of the way.

We are the nurses and therapists helping you through treatment. The experts on the end of the phone. The advisers telling you which benefits you’re entitled to. The volunteers giving you a hand with the everyday things. The campaigners improving cancer care. The community there for you online, any time. The supporters who make it all possible.

For cancer support every step of the way call Macmillan on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk

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