Author: Macmillan Local

The nearest sites for Lateral flow testing are Christchurch Civic Centre and the Village Hotel near the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. You can book individual or block bookings: Block booking - you can block book six tests, one a week for six weeks at the same time, same day, same location. If you would like two tests every week (recommended), you can make another block booking, ideally leaving a gap of three days. For more details and to arrange tests please go here...

Cricketers go double the distance in lockdown Mudeford Cricket Club players who are attempting to reach all 18 county championship grounds in England and Wales inside a month, have got off to a stunning start – and may even manage it twice! A group of 30 cricketers from their teens to their 70s have set themselves the challenge of running or walking a combined 1008.6 miles, the equivalent distance to Hampshire, Surrey, both grounds in London, Cardiff, Durham and all the way back again, by March 31. The cricketers are dotted across Dorset and Hampshire and cover their miles in their own neighbourhoods,...

The son of former Ferndown Mayor Steve Lugg, who died of cancer aged just 54, has completed a punishing physical challenge in memory of his father. Rhys Lugg, 29, ran four miles, every four hours over a 48-hour period, carrying 20kg - the equivalent weight of a four-year old child on his back. Rhys, a soldier in the Household Cavalry Regiment, completed the challenge while on base at Bulford Barracks in Wiltshire last month and has so far raised £2,889 for Macmillan Caring Locally and the military mental health charity Head Up. He said: “The run challenged me mentally as well as physically...

The former General Manager of The Grove, our Bournemouth hotel which provided holidays and respite for people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, has received an award from Her Majesty the Queen. Brenden Howard was recognised for great and valuable services to the community by George Streatfeild, the High Sheriff and official representative of the monarch in Dorset. “The first I knew about the award was when I received a call from the Town Hall,” said Brenden. “I was pretty taken aback. But once it sunk in I felt really honoured and thankful to the wonderful guests and people who nominated me.” He continued:...

Well, hello sunshine, what a welcome sight you are! After the last few months of lockdown and cold, wet weather, we really are feeling a little lighter and brighter in ourselves now the children are back with their school mates and the first stages of lifting restrictions has begun. Like many others, here at the Mac Unit we are so excited to start returning to some kind of normality and, more than anything, to indulge in that wonderful sense of community again. Meanwhile, we have thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of your amazing pieces of artwork coming in for the 50/50 project...

What a joy it is to see those first few daffodils pushing through the frosty ground in an attempt to declare that spring is coming. We may well have put on a few more jumpers recently and perhaps we’re even feeling that lockdown has its upside when it’s minus five degrees outside but there are definitely seeds of hope for the coming weeks. The rollout of the first Covid-19 vaccines appears to be going well, taking us one step closer to getting some normality back in our lives. Most of our team have had their first vaccine now and it is...

Nigel Howe It is with great sadness we announce the death of our retired colleague and friend Nigel Howe. Nigel’s family and friends are in our thoughts at this very difficult time. Nigel was our much-loved gardener at the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital for 15 years. During that time he and his gardening team worked ‘rain or shine’ to ensure the Macmillan Unit gardens were a feast of colour and interest all year round. The award winning Macmillan Unit gardens are a very important part of the care of our patients, and they are cherished by patients, visitors, staff and volunteers. Nigel...

Welcome to 2021! Ok, so it’s not quite what we had hoped for the start of a fresh New Year but there is, at least, hope on the horizon. With the introduction of the vaccines, we are all pleased to see a shining light at the end of this very long tunnel. For now though, our focus is on supporting our amazing team at the Mac Unit as we see Covid-19 cases surge across our county and further challenges brought on by another lockdown. Our nurses, doctors, clinical and administrative and staff and volunteers are once again proving that nothing will...

2020 is almost over. Looking back, I think we all wish we had bought shares in Zoom, hand sanitisers and toilet paper! The pandemic has made some of the most important parts of the care provided for patients and their families very challenging, and our clinical teams have needed to adapt to new ways of working in order to meet our patients’ needs. We are incredibly proud of the Macmillan Unit team, and the lengths they have gone to in order to put what is important to our patients at the heart of their care. We would like to thank all our staff, volunteers...

As 2020 draws to a close, we have been reflecting on this somewhat extraordinary year. It would be fair to say it has been challenging, arduous and sometimes a little depressing to be honest. However, we are also feeling extremely grateful for all that we have learned and achieved this year and most of all, for all the wonderful people that make the Mac Unit what it is – an incredibly special place of which we are all so very proud. Our nurses, doctors, staff and volunteers have shown unwavering bravery and selflessness in the face of coronavirus with the care...