Charity of the Year
We are delighted to have Macmillan Cancer Support as our charity of the year.
Macmillan is regarded as the country’s leading cancer support charity providing services very much at a local level. Our mission is “To reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer… And inspire millions of others to do the same”
Most people would associate Macmillan with our Nurses, all of which provide truly invaluable support to people affected by cancer. The number of clinical professionals we have in post is increasing across the county and now stands at 28. As well as our nurses and other clinical roles we also have a number of other services in place to provide support and assistance.
People affected by cancer can often find themselves facing reduced income due to the effects of the illness and the impact this has on their capacity to work. Our Macmillan Grants are available to help people with essential one off expenses, and last year we gave just over £75,000.00 to people in Wiltshire who needed our help. Our Benefits Specialists are in place to assist people who may be entitled to claim benefits to assist with living costs but need help in understanding the applications. Last year we were able to unlock almost £340,000.00 in entitled benefits to people. Our Mobile Cancer Information support specialists saw a great number of people across Wiltshire and beyond, providing essential support and information to people, their carer’s and families.
In Wiltshire there are around 23,000 people living with cancer, by 2030 this figure will rise to over 48,000. With an average of 10 people every day hearing the devastating news they have cancer the demand on our services is immediate and ever growing. Steve Goodrick, Fundraising Manager Wiltshire says “We know we can’t reach everyone, but with the fantastic support of Haine & Smith Opticians our aim is to inform local people how Macmillan help in our community, and give a little insight into how giving their support to Macmillan can help change lives. Thank you so much!”