Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support provides medical, financial, practical and emotion help & information to cancer patients and wants to ensure that no-one faces cancer alone.
Nearly 1 in 4 newly diagnosed cancer patients lack support from family and friends during their treatment and recovery. Of these, many will receive no help whatsoever, facing cancer completely alone. More than half of isolated patients have skipped meals or not eaten properly due to a lack of support at home. More than one in four have not been able to wash themselves properly, while three in five have been unable to do household chores. 80% say the financial impact of cancer means they can’t afford to see their family or friends as much. Isolation can have a truly shattering impact. Patients are going hungry, missing medical appointments and even deciding to reject treatment altogether which could be putting their lives at risk – all because of a lack of support.
The number of people living with cancer is set to double by 2030 we need to tackle this issue now. A small financial grant from Macmillan can make a real difference:
- Grants for clothing are very important. We get these requests because cancer patients don’t feel presentable or comfortable in ill-fitting clothing post weight or body shape change – and as a result don’t go out. Our grants have also helped reduce the feelings of isolation by assisting with: outings, help for family to visit patients in hospital.
- A grant to cover the cost of a laptop would ensure a cancer patient could keep in touch with loved ones or, if unable to sleep through worry, (during the night is when many cancer patients feel alone) could access the blog on our website and chat with others in a similar situation.
- Help with the cost of a stair lift so that people can continue to participate in family life – without being confined to one level of the home. An outdoor/lightweight wheelchair that is not covered by NHS provision can provide a lifeline for a cancer patient.
- Bed and breakfast accommodation so that a partner or family can be close to the treatment centre when someone is an in-patient can make a massive difference.
In addition to the examples above, which help offset the feelings of ‘being alone’ we also provide grants to assist with many other things to make living with cancer a little less stressful e.g. grants to combat fuel poverty.
Sue McDonald Fundraising Manager – Cumbria
The Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team
A charity funded solely by donation from the public based just outside Broughton in Furness. It comprises of 35 volunteers and with three vehicles we are prepared to help others 24 hours a day 365 days a year in any weather. It costs us around £40,000 per year to function and so our relationship with the Fred Whitton Challenge has been an essential fund raiser. Over the last few years FWC donations have helped us to convert two Landrovers to Mountain Rescue Ambulances. These have been used on around 25 incidents per year since then, but the number of call-outs are increasing. We rescue all kind of people: walkers, climbers, mountain bikers, folk in swift water and road cyclists. But we are often involved in incidents involving local residents like missing adults or children or victims of flood. We often assist Cumbria Police, the North West Ambulance Service and HM Coast Guard carry out difficult tasks as well as the odd dog or sheep rescue for local farmers! We could not do any of these without state of the art response vehicles and the FWC has played a big a part in helping us do this. We are indebted to the FWC for their generosity over the last few years, thank FWC and thank you to all the riders. Please keep up the ‘Good Effort’.
Paddy Gannon – Deputy Team Leader
The Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team
The North West Air Ambulance
The North West Air Ambulance provides Care from the Air. It operates 365-days a year and is a registered charity which receives no mainstream funding. The charity has to raise £4.2 million to keep its two helicopters in the air – but you can never put a cost on a life!
Zoe Casson Regional Fundraiser
The Dave Rayner Fund
We have helped the fund now for the last 14 years contributing over 150 Thousand pounds to The Dave Rayner Fund with its excellent policy of helping young promising riders to develop their skills on the continent, the fund this year are helping over 20 riders to achieve their goals by helping with accommodation and advice.
Although we will not now directly be contributing to the fund we would like to encourage riders to do so directly via www.thedaveraynerfund.com
Prize Winning Fund Raisers for 2013
Dominic Slade – Bay Horse Velo - £5,048.00
“Can’t thank my colleagues, staff and patients of Salford Royal enough for their overwhelmingly generous support. I would add that of everything I have done this year, taking part in the Fred Whitton, completing it, and being the largest fundraiser for Macmillan have been the absolute highlights. I am a cancer surgeon, so Macmillan is a charity close to my heart.”
Martyn Holmes – Sigma Sport - £2,717.00
Jonathan Slade – Bay Horse Velo – £1,932.00
Also we had 16 individual riders that raised over £1,000
In total this year we have given (a record) £94,000 to our various charities…
Macmillan Cancer Support received £50,000.00
North west Air ambulance received £10,000.00
Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue received £10,000.00
The Dave Rayner Fund received £10,000.00
Various other charities that have had special connections to riders taking part received between them £14,000.00