Macmillan Cancer Support
Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will 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 campaigners improving cancer care. The supporters who make it all possible. Macmillan Cancer Support provides help and care in so many ways.
How we Help
When Mario was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006 he had no one to turn to for emotional support.“My family were in Italy, my brother was in Bermuda and I didn’t want to lay anything on my kids. I felt like I was falling from a great height but Pat, my Macmillan nurse, was there to catch me.”£27 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for an hour, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.
Elaine McLurg, 47, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. She lost her home because she was too ill to work and couldn’t pay her mortgage.“I’ve lost my home and I’ve lost my dignity. I can’t work anymore, I rely on benefits but the money coming in isn’t enough to live on. It’s a struggle to keep fighting.”£150 could pay for a Macmillan Grant that would make a big contribution to the cost of a person’s travel to hospital for treatment.
Knowing that her terminally ill father had a Macmillan Cancer Support ‘buddy’ to help him prepare a hot meal and keep him company while she couldn’t be there was a great comfort to Blanche Seymour.“If it wasn’t for Macmillan, I would have had to leave my job and family to look after Dad.”£40 could help a cancer self-help and support group hold their first meeting.
When Nicola Craffey was told she would never have children after being diagnosed with cervical cancer aged just 29, being told she also had also lymphodema was devastating. However she was able to access specialist medical support from Macmillan Cancer Support.“Being told I’d need a radical hysterectomy when I was still in my 20s was devastating. The Macmillan specialist nurse supported me and guided me through the difficult times.” £8 pays for assessment pack that enables a cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist to assess and plan the care needs of 100 people with cancer.
With your help, this project could fund:
£10,000 could keep a Macmillan information and support centre stocked with all the information resources it needs to support people affected by cancer for 3 years. These would include booklets, guides, directories and leaflets.
£24,000 could pay for a Macmillan social worker or family support worker for six months. They work with community and social services agencies to help people manage the social and practical problems of living with cancer
£50,000 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for a year, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support
£60,000 could operate our phone service for a week. In this time, our cancer support specialists could answer 1,933 calls and emails from people who want questions answered, need practical or financial support, or just want to chat