Fundraising for Macmillan reaches £80k landmark
Residents and staff at Housing & Care 21 have now raised more than £80,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
By taking part in everything from sponsored walks, abseiling and leg waxing to coffee mornings and summer fetes, residents and staff have brought in the impressive total for our official charity partner over the last three years.
One staff member, retirement housing manager Martin Sawers, has raised thousands after setting himself the task of completing 25 separate challenges, including everything from abseils to eating challenges, in memory of his dad Daniel who died of cancer.
Bruce Moore, our chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have raised such a fantastic total for what is an incredibly worthy cause.
“A great deal of credit must go to our residents and staff who have put in a tremendous amount of effort since we chose Macmillan Cancer Support as our official charity partner.”
The money will be used to help fund Macmillan’s cancer services including specialist nurses working throughout the NHS, a nurse-run support line and grants for cancer patients with money problems.
Locally the charity has already funded the Macmillan palliative care therapy team at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Macmillan chemotherapy navigators at Good Hope and Heartlands Hospitals, and the Macmillan benefits service at Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau, which provides financial support to people affected by cancer.
Over an 18 month period a Macmillan Nurse on average helps 222 patients with cancer, not including the many friends, family and colleagues around them too.
Macmillan Nurses possess a wide variety of skills and expertise and use this knowledge to ensure that cancer patients experience the best possible care and support.
They help to improve quality of life for people with cancer through assisting with decision making, symptom management and emotional support. They also help empower patients to self-manage their conditions leading to reduced costs for healthcare providers through savings in hospital appointments, emergency admissions and consultant time. They take a holistic approach to treatment and link different health and social care services together.
Elaine Bovey, Head of Regional Fundraising for Central and South West England at Macmillan, said: “I would like to offer my sincere thanks for the tremendous effort everyone at Housing & Care 21 has put into this charity partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support since 2013.
“The dedication and drive that you have all shown has been second to none and in doing so helped to ensure that Macmillan Cancer Support is there so that no one has to face cancer alone.”
Visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call 0808 808 00 00 for more information.
Pictured: Goldfield Court residents Pat Walker (left) and Rita Handley (right), pictured with care assistant Laura Smart (centre), got busy raising funds for Macmillan.