At Macmillan we’re always looking for more ways to build up support and reach out to local communities. So we’re delighted to share these fabulous examples of innovative new services and generosity throughout the UK.
Salad days in Kent
Earlier this year we launched our new volunteer service in Kent, which sees people give their time to help out people with cancer – whether it’s by shopping, driving them to appointments or companionship.
And now, through our exciting partnership with Thanet Earth Marketing, salad boxes are also being delivered by these same volunteers.
Marnie Enever, Macmillan’s Volunteer Coordinator for East Kent, is delighted with the impact the new service is having: ‘Being able to offer practical support to someone living with cancer is very rewarding.’
Chi Gung in Glasgow
Macmillan has launched a Chi Gung programme in Glasgow – the first of its kind in the UK to be offered specifically for people affected by cancer.
And this new community based gentle movement and relaxation programme has proved so successful that it’s now being rolled out in other cities across Scotland.
Aislinn Gallanagh, who’s one of the many people enjoying the classes, says, ‘The Chi Gung classes have played a huge part in my recovery and opened up a bright new chapter in my life.’
Language matters in Wales
We were very proud to launch our first ever Welsh-language TV advert to show people in Wales they don’t have to face cancer alone.
Susan Morris, General Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Wales, says: ‘We want to ensure that people can access information and support in their native tongue wherever possible.’
Bang(or) on trend
The Fountain Cancer Support Group in Bangor (Northern Ireland) held an extremely successful and stylish fashion show – attended by over 100 people – to officially launch its services to the local community.
The group, which was established using a Macmillan grant, is going from strength to strength. Among other things, they’ve already created a website that enables people affected by cancer in the Bangor area to receive support via social media.
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