Author: Macmillan Local

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...

Job Vacancy: Welfare Benefits Adviser This is a role where you can make a difference. If you have experience of welfare benefits advice and dealing with complex or crisis situations, this is a brilliant opportunity to work with Macmillan Caring Locally as an adviser. You will be responsible for the delivery of a high quality welfare benefits advice service for patients and their families under the care of the Macmillan Unit. You will provide comprehensive advice, extensive casework and advocacy concerning welfare benefits. This will involve visiting patients in their homes, telephone calls and emails. You will be part of the multi-disciplinary...

He did it!! Our incredible Marathon Man completed all 27 marathons in 26 days – what a superhero! If you’ve been following our social media pages and reading our blogs, you will have seen that Paul O’Boyle smashed his £10,000 target by completing his incredible challenge. He finished his final marathon at the Mac Unit on Monday 26th October and was met by a emotional crowd of staff, volunteers, supporters, family, friends and tv / radio crews cheering him over the line. We are all in absolute awe of Paul and want to say another huge thank you to him...

Newshome Candles to donate share of profits to UK hospices and Macmillan Caring Locally is on the list! • Every website sale until 31 December 2020 will result in a donation • £2.50 per candle will be donated to chosen hospice • 50p per wax melt will be donated to chosen hospice Between now and 31 December 2020, Newshome Candles will be donating £2.50 per candle sale and 50p per wax melt sale to hospices across the UK. Each customer is able to choose where the donation from their purchase goes, through the simple process of adding the name of their chosen hospice in the order notes section...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Christmas Dip supporters urged to “Donate don’t Dip” The two Bournemouth cousins who organise the popular Macmillan White Christmas Dip, say they have no choice but to cancel the event - for the first time in 13 years. Tom Baker and John White said they are “deeply upset”, but that the current COVID-19 restrictions make organising the charity sea plunge “impossible”. The annual Dip routinely attracts around 1200 participants of all ages, many in fancy dress, who brave the icy sea close to Boscombe Pier to remember loved ones they have lost and to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally which supports...

Just when we thought you fabulous lot couldn’t get any more daring, along comes Marathon Man! Yes, as we settle into October with our thick socks and jumpers and the morning alarm opens our eyes to a cold, dark and drizzly scene outside, we can still feel rather grateful that we are not out running a marathon at 3am. And this is not just one marathon. Oh no, this is 27 of them! In 26 consecutive days!! Mr Paul O’Boyle (now AKA Mr Incredible) has made an amazing commitment to run a marathon every morning from 1st to 26th October to...

We are delighted to share the news that we have been awarded a grant from the Ridgeon Family Endowed Fund this month which has been gifted via the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation. The donation of £2,500 has been kindly given to support the day to day running of the Macmillan specialist palliative care unit, associated services and community nurses to support patients with life limiting illnesses and their families. We are extremely grateful to the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation and the Ridgeon Family for their support and look forward to working with them in the future....