As 2016 gets underway, a local fundraiser wants to issue a heartfelt message of thanks to all who raised funds for Macmillan Cancer Support last year.
Alice Dewsnap-Smith, Macmillan Senior Fundraising Manager in Hampshire says; ‘Because of all your efforts, in 2015 Macmillan was able to commit £923,540 in the county alone, helping to support the 56,000 people living with or beyond cancer locally. That means there are now over 100 Macmillan professionals working across Hampshire.
‘I just want to say a personal thank you to everyone who hosted or attended coffee mornings, volunteered their time, took part in challenge events, braved the shave, went sober for October, put a pound in a collection box, or held their own events to raise money for Macmillan.’
Sally Sawyer is the latest addition to the local Macmillan team – she started a new role in January as a Macmillan Advanced prostate cancer clinical nurse specialist, working across Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Sally said; ‘I split my time between Basingstoke and Winchester hospitals and work closely with the Clinical Oncologists. The advanced prostate cancer CNS role is relatively new; there aren’t many of them around the country but they are starting to become more commonplace.
‘It’s important to support people with advanced prostate cancer because they can experience complex problems associated with advanced disease; either undergoing current treatment or maybe managing difficult side effects of treatment such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy, or dealing with issues after radiotherapy or surgery.
‘My aim is to help patients cope with treatment and improve their quality of life. People often say that they appreciate having someone they can talk to; someone walking their pathway beside them who they can come to if they have a problem or question, or just for help and advice.
‘My job can be stressful and emotionally involved, but it’s also incredibly rewarding being able to help people when they have advanced disease, supporting them to self manage and live as well as they possibly can.’
Fundraiser Alice concluded by saying; “Macmillan’s ambition is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer. By 2030, the number of people living with the disease will have doubled, so it’s a huge task to support each and every one of those in some way.
‘With the support of local fundraisers and volunteers, we can keep supporting services like Sally’s, and team up with partners like Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to provide the best cancer care possible here in your community. With your help, we can make sure no one in Hampshire has to face cancer alone.’
If you would like to find out more about fundraising groups, are interested in holding or attending a fundraising event, or would like to choose Macmillan as your charity of the year, please contact Alice Dewsnap-Smith on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07595 091877.
Anyone who has questions about cancer can call the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 00 00, Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm or by visiting macmillan.org.uk.