DAY 9: The value of volunteers


There was constant sunshine for the drive to Merthyr Tydfil although it was still a little cold and draughty in the Tuk Tuks!

The Macmillan Unit of Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil was tucked away from the main hospital, so it was a little tricky to find – but the smiling volunteers in their bright green Macmillan attire provided a very warm welcome.

These phenomenal volunteers are all members of the Merthyr Tydfil Macmillan fundraising committee who play a significant role at the centre.

Built in 2008, the Macmillan Unit wouldn’t have existed without the contribution of the Merthyr Tydfil committee, who raised almost £1 million in just 15 months – beating their three-year target of £750,000  – with help from the other local committees of Caerphilly and Aberdare. They collectively brought together the community to gather generous donations, through a series of events such as fashion shows, coffee mornings and quizzes.

Cardiff, over 20 miles away, used to be the nearest centre for cancer treatment. Explaining the committee’s motivation for fundraising, county chair Christine Meredith told the team that when someone suffers from cancer, the last thing that they want to do is travel far to receive treatment.

Alison Lewis, the chair of the Merthyr Tydfil fundraising committee, told the Biddies that she couldn’t be more proud to have the support of the wonderful ladies who have been volunteering at the Macmillan Unit for years.

So it was another uplifting experience for the team and, with only Manchester left to visit, the end of the challenge is in sight!