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“Macmillan Caring Locally” formerly The Macmillan Cancer Trust was formed in 1974 and evolved from the fund raising committee for the building of the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital, the first of its kind in the Country. This Committee included amongst its members representatives from the League of Friends at the Royal Victoria Hospital (now Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital) and the National Society for Cancer Relief.

During the final building stages of the Unit it was decided to form a Trust to be identified with the Unit and it was registered as a Charity on 25 July 1974 as "the Macmillan Cancer Trust"

In 2009 the Trust was re-branded as “Macmillan Caring Locally”. The aims of the Charity are to support those who are suffering from Cancer and other terminal diseases where no cure is expected, and to provide help and support for the whole family. Latterly the Charity has aided services which provide early diagnosis of Cancers with a view to enabling early treatment and, ideally, recovery.

“Macmillan Caring Locally” acts as the custodian of all funds donated towards its aims and both initiates and responds to a wide variety of needs supporting the N.H.S.,  primarily for the Macmillan Unit but also for other Cancer sufferers in South East Dorset and West Hampshire. Macmillan Caring Locally is not connected in any way to the national charity Macmillan Cancer Support.


Mike Emsley (Chairman of the Trustees)

Mike Emsley, Deputy Chairman Mike Emsley spent 35 years working in the Newspaper Industry in Leeds, Barnsley, Southampton and finally in Bournemouth where his role was Director & General Manager of the Daily Echo.
This was followed by 10 years in Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations as a director of Aylesworth Fleming Limited in Bournemouth, including six years as Chief Executive of Aylesworth Fleming PR.
Mike was a director of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (now entitled Dorset Business) for 15 years including President of the Chamber in 1995/96. He was also a non-executive director of Yellow Buses, Chairman of Bournemouth Town Centre Management Board, a trustee of The Police Partnership Trust and has been Chairman of The Streetwise Partnership Trust since 1999.
He is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MIMI) and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (MIR).
Having been heavily committed within the community since arriving in Bournemouth in 1986, Mike welcomed the invitation to become a trustee of The Macmillan Cancer Trust in 1998 and became Chairman in 2016.

Keith Lomas (Deputy Chairman of the Trustees)

Keith Lomas, Chairman Keith was born and educated in Yorkshire. He served in the R.A.F. in the late 1940s. He became a Bachelor of Laws at the University of London, and was admitted as a Solicitor in 1953.
Keith spent his career in legal and managerial appointments in the Local Government Service in Wakefield, Warrington, Eastbourne and Bradford; and with I.C.I. in London and Bristol.
He came to Bournemouth in 1967 and for the last twenty years of his career was Chief Executive and Town Clerk of the Borough of Bournemouth until his retirement in 1992.
Keith was appointed a Trustee of the Macmillan Cancer Trust in 1978 and was Chairman of the Trust from 1996 to 2016.
Keith is a member of the Bournemouth and District Law Society, of which he was President in 1978/79. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Bournemouth, of which he was President in 1996/97.
Keith is married to Betty, a retired J.P. on the Bournemouth Bench. They have two sons and four grandchildren, all of whom currently live in Australia.

Jean Kelleway

Jean Kelleway, Trustee Jean was born on a farm on Exmoor, and educated in a boarding school in Taunton. She did her General Nursing followed by Midwifery Training in Bristol Hospitals in the early 1950s. After that she spent seven years in the Kenya Colonial Nursing Service just at the end of the Mau Mau uprising
On returning to the UK, Jean went to Southampton University to train as a Health Visitor, subsequently working in the Southbourne area of Bournemouth for twenty three years. During this time her husband was Mayor of Bournemouth, and she very much enjoyed her hectic year as Mayoress. Jean also sat as a Magistrate on the Bournemouth Bench for eighteen years.
Since retiring Jean has been Chairman of a local Housing Association, and the Retired Nurses National Home. She is currently a member of their Board of Trustees.
Jean has been a Trustee of Macmillan Caring Locally for many years, and is proud of her involvement with such a worthwhile Charity.

Jonathan Harvey

Jonathan Harvey, Trustee Jonathan is an Associate Solicitor in the Dorset based Solicitors firm Farnfields. His expertise is in Family Law, Collaborative Law, Personal Injury and General Civil Litigation.

Keith Wilkinson

Keith Wilkinson, Trustee Keith was born and educated in the Reading area and studied engineering at Bournemouth University. He decided to settle in Bournemouth and a change of career path saw him move into hospitality management in 1996. He worked in many different positions (including duty manager) within the hotels across Bournemouth but eventually left the industry due to the long and anti-social hours. Keith now works for Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and has done so since 2001.
Keith has been supporting Macmillan Caring Locally since 2010 after he heard of the help given to his friend's mother. In memory of her, Keith took on a challenge to cycle across the Andes and Amazon. Keith funded the trip himself and hosted a number of events to raise as much as possible for the charity. Since then Keith has supported the charity by running the London Marathon (& several fun runs), working in a children's home in Nepal and he is now planning a SkyDive.
Keith has numerous friends and colleagues whose loved ones have been helped by Macmillan Caring Locally and the charity will always be extremely important to him. Keith was delighted to become a Trustee in 2015.

Dr. Mike Penn - a tribute

Dr. Mike Penn, Trustee Michael Anthony Penn - passed away on Saturday 17th February 2018 aged 82 years. “On 27th March 2018 we paid our respects and said goodbye to Dr Michael Anthony Penn, our Trustee and a great friend. Our thoughts are with Des, Nick and Claire at this difficult time. There were so many at the service that once all the standing room had been taken, many people had to stand outside and listen through the open doors – such was Mike’s popularity. We will remember Mike for his dedication to our charity for 20 years, for his valuable advice and guidance, and for his wonderful sense of humour – he would often have us in stitches with his stories and anecdotes. Mike, thank you for all you did for our charity over so many years, for your friendship, and for all the laughs - we will really miss you”.

Born and educated in the London area, apart from a period of evacuation to the West Country during the Blitz of WW11, Mike entered St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in the mid 1950's and qualified in medicine in 1961. Mike worked in junior hospital posts in the Windsor group of hospitals, then onto Sheffield for two years of gynaecological training. He arrived in Bournemouth in 1967 as Obstetric and Gynaecological Registrar at the then Boscombe Hospital. Mike moved into general practice in Southbourne until retirement in 1970. He continued to work part time in the gynaecology department of Bournemouth Hospital. Mike's hobbies included cryptic crossword solving, occasional D.I.Y. and most especially golf, as a member of Parkstone Golf Club. Mike said "Theoretically as I grow older I should be able to play a round of golf achieving a score below my age. Alas this goal remains tantalisingly out of reach". Mike was invited to become a Trustee of the Macmillan Cancer Trust (now Macmillan Caring Locally) in February 1998.


Lin Sharp, MInstF (Cert), MSDT, BHSI

Keith Wilkinson, Trustee Lin is a multi-million pound fundraiser with over 35 years’ experience in management, sales and fundraising. She is Institute of Fundraising Certified. Working with organisations such as Vodafone, RNLI, The Gurkha Welfare Trust and PDSA, Lin has recruited, led and motivated teams to achieve outstanding success in raising funds and building long term mutually beneficial relationships.

Lin has personally secured six and seven figure gifts from Major Donors, Grant Making Trusts and Corporate Partnerships. She has visualised, secured and managed fundraising, engagement and cultivation events at prestigious venues such as The House of Lords, Goldsmiths, Highclere Castle and the Royal Hospital Chelsea securing six figure corporate sponsorships to fund the events. She has successfully engaged and managed celebrity support for several charities and has led on Capital Appeals and Major Campaigns, producing compelling and emotive cases for support and funding proposals.

Lin loves the ocean and prefers British beaches in the winter. She loves to travel and has visited 25 countries, many of them several times. Her favourite European City is Rome and her favourite beach is 7 mile beach, Grand Cayman where she rode horses in the sea. Linda is a bit of a daredevil and only has diving with great white sharks left on her bucket list. She loves all animals and shares a retired guide dog called Prince with her sister. Linda has a great sense of humour and lives a busy fun filled life.

Lin is delighted to be heading up the Capital Appeal for the new Macmillan Unit building for Macmillan Caring Locally and is looking forward to the opening ceremony!


Brian Ford FCA (Treasurer)

Brian Ford FCA, Honorary Treasurer Brian was born and educated in Bournemouth and has never moved any further than Ringwood where he now lives. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1972 and practiced locally with a firm that eventually became, on merger, the local office of Touche Ross the international firm.

Brian took the opportunity of a career change in 1992 and has since then been a non executive director, business consultant and expert witness. He has been President of the Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Southern Society of Chartered Accountants.

Brian has been a Non Executive Director of Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a director of Poole Arts Trust and is currently a Poole Harbour Commissioner.

Brian is a keen sports follower and has been Chairman of Hampshire County Cricket Club, and a board member of the England & Wales Cricket Board. Brian was originally a Trustee of the Macmillan Cancer Trust, but resigned to become Treasurer in 2001.

To contact Brian please email brian@macmillanlocal.org


Neal Williams (Trust Secretary)

Neal Williams, Trust Secretary Neal was born and educated in South Wales. He moved to the Christchurch area in 1988 to start various businesses offering Corporate Hospitality, Food Manufacture and Equipment Hire. He ran these businesses for twenty years.

Neal is a past Trustee of a national Children's Charity and a past Chairman of Poole Round Table. He lives in Bransgore with his wife and two children.

Enquiries regarding Macmillan Caring Locally should be addressed to:~

The Trust Secretary
Macmillan Caring Locally
Christchurch Hospital
Fairmile Road
BH23 2JX

Tel: 01202 477628
Fax: 01202 705315
email: neal@macmillanlocal.org


Neal Williams and Geraldine Staples Macmillan Caring Locally employs three full time members of staff and three part time members of staff.

A Trust Secretary, a Personal Assistant to the Trust Secretary, a part time Administrative Assistant, one part time Gardener, an Aromatherapist and a Welfare Benefits Adviser.

The Charity also owns and operates The Grove in Bournemouth, a 'not-for-profit' Holiday Hotel for people with a life threatening condition and their families or carers.


Ward Volunteers At the Macmillan Unit we are very lucky to have over 100 Volunteers who give up their valuable time to help our Patients.

Our Volunteers help out in many ways including helping the Staff on the wards, bringing Patients in to our Day Centre, giving Art Classes, providing aromatherapy, and companionship.

It is quite clear that the Macmillan Unit could not offer the care that it does without the dedication of our Volunteers.


Investment in the Macmillan Unit
1975 25 bed Macmillan Unit established
1976 Extension built onto the Macmillan Unit for the Specialist Palliative Care Sisters
1980 Completion of a 15 person Day Centre attached to the Macmillan Unit
1983 A Teaching Wing and extra office Accommodation added to the Unit
1985 Arts & Crafts, Aromatherapy and Day Excursions started for Day Centre patients
1994 A new Macmillan coach, a coach garage and stores for community beds was built. An extension was built to upgrade relatives overnight stay accommodation. Alterations were made to accommodate two extra Palliative Care Sisters
1995 The Unit garden was landscaped, a new aviary sited in the garden and a conservatory for the Day Centre
1996 Macmillan provided a major contribution towards the building of the Macmillan Unit Chapel
1997 The Macmillan Coach was replaced
1998 The Macmillan Unit had a major upgrade including double glazing, variable height baths and ceiling mounted televisions above every bed
1999 A new entrance with extra car parking built. Alterations to X-ray department including funding of ultrasound equipment. Specialist community hospital beds and other home care equipment purchased
2003 The Unit garden wins Christchurch in Bloom Award
2004 The Macmillan Coach was replaced
2005 A new specialist bathroom and store built
2008 A new specialist wet room for MND patients constructed
2009 Children's play area built to include computers, games machines and arts & crafts area
2010 The Aromatherapy treatment room was completely refurbished
2011 The Grove Hotel opens after a complete refurbishment
2012 A new agreement to increase annual funding of the Macmillan Unit
2014 Funded two new posts to support and improve end of life care at Royal Bournemouth Hospital
2015 Funded three new Community Specialist Palliative Care Sisters based at the Macmillan Unit

Further projects funded by Macmillan Caring Locally
• Substantial contributions to the capital costs of two bedded facilities at Wimborne and Wareham Hospitals
• Half the capital costs of building Forest Holme Hospice at Poole including initial funding of some staff
• Purchasing and operating Albany Lodge, the unique hotel for cancer patients and their carers
• Funding of Specialist Consultants at both Royal Bournemouth and Poole Hospitals to aid early diagnosis and treatment of cancers
• Contribution to capital cost of building Cancer Care Centre at Poole Hospital
• Donation to Positive Action and Care Treatment (PACT) for Women's Health at Royal Bournemouth Hospital
• Donation to Ladybird Appeal for Breast Cancer at Poole Hospital
• Substantial assistance to Youth Cancer Trust which provides holidays for young cancer sufferers
• Donation to Jigsaw Appeal for new MRI and CT scanners at Royal Bournemouth Hospital
• Provision of PET scanning services at Royal Bournemouth Hospital
• Support of Dreamcatchers and Mosaic providing support to the children of the bereaved
• Funding of Prostate Brachytherapy treatment
• Further funding of Mosaic Family Support
• Major contribution to building of Avon View Care Home


Macmillan Caring Locally has set aside funds for the building of a new Macmillan Unit and a capital appeal to raise the remaining funding will launch in 2018. The future plans of the Charity are to continue supplying vital funds to improve the care of cancer patients and people with life threatening illnesses, in the local Community.


There are currently no job vacancies.
If you would like to Volunteer at the Macmillan Unit please contact Anita Rigler – Volunteer Co-ordinator – tel 01202 705353.

For more information about volunteering opportunities go to our volunteer page Click Here


We spend approximately 3% of our charitable income on administration. We are very proud of this as it means that more of your money is spent on the care of our patients.


Macmillan Caring Locally is a small independent Charity. We are not connected in any way to the national Charity Macmillan Cancer Support.

Gift Aid. If you are a UK taxpayer you can Gift Aid your donation to us and we can claim approximately 25p in the pound back from the government. This means that for every £1.00 you donate, we actually receive £1.25.
On a donation of £100.00 we would claim an extra £25.00 from the government. In other words you have given £100.00, we have received £125.00. It is plain to see that this is a very effective way of helping us, and all you have to do is fill in a form.

On our download page you can download a Gift Aid form, or alternately telephone 01202 477628 and we will post one to you.