Macmillan in South Birmingham have issued a huge THANK YOU to fundraisers throughout the area, after being able to commit a massive £2.5 million to cancer support in the West Midlands region in 2015.

Due to fundraising activities by members of the public, Macmillan were able support 35,000 people in Birmingham alone last year, and there are now around 200 Macmillan professionals working in the region.

‘Thank you!’

Liz Sheils, Macmillan Fundraising Manager in south Birmingham, issued a heartfelt thank you to all who have contributed. Liz said: “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.”

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ROH Macmillan Navigator, Lorraine Mole

Making a difference

One of the latest additions to the team is Lorraine Mole, the new Macmillan Navigator based at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Northfield.

Lorraine’s role involves helping patients get through the system with the information and support they need. She said: “I see myself as the first point of contact for any queries they, their relatives or carers might have. I receive a lot of calls after a patient’s first visit to an oncology clinic, especially things like ‘I wish I had asked this at my appointment.’

“It’s very important that, whatever their treatment journey involves, it runs as smoothly as possible to cause them as little distress as possible. It’s hard enough having to deal with a cancer diagnosis without worrying about appointments and tests that may or may not have been arranged.”

Lorraine assists patients and their carers and relatives with a wide range of issues, such as applying for Macmillan grants which can help families who suffering financial difficulties due to the illness, making sure test results are ready for when they attend clinic and liaising with other health professionals involved in their care.

Lorraine said: “It is really important to feel that you make a difference.”

Help Macmillan support more people

Liz added: “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 posts like Lorraine’s, and team up with partners like the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital to provide the best cancer care possible here in your community.

“With your help, we can make sure no one in Birmingham has to face cancer alone.”

If you’re interested in holding or attending a fundraising event, getting involved with a fundraising group or committee, or would like to choose Macmillan as your charity of the year, please contact Liz Sheils on 07713 392643 or email lsheils@macmillan.org.uk

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

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Macmillan’s South Birmingham fundraising manager, Liz Sheils (R) and team member Hannah (L)

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