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.
“Over the past 14 years, the Fred Whitton Challenge has raised more than half a million pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Last year alone it brought in the unbelievable sum of £50,000 and is by far the single, most profitable, local event for Macmillan in Cumbria. The event continues to grows year on year helping Macmillan ensure that no-one faces cancer alone.”
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