Author: Macmillan Local

Welfare Benefits Adviser About the role: 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 a respected local charity as an adviser. You will be responsible for the delivery of a high quality welfare benefits advice service for clients (Macmillan Caring Locally 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...

A man whose father received palliative care at the Christchurch ‘Mac Unit’ has walked the 192-mile Coast to Coast trail to raise money for the hospice. Computer software coach Steve Katon took two weeks to walk the famous un-signposted route starting at St Bees on the Irish Sea and ending at Robin Hood's Bay on the North Sea. His adventure took him through the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors and involved ‘wild’ camping beside mountain tarns (small lakes). It has also raised an incredible £2705 for Macmillan Caring Locally, the charity which supports the Mac Unit. Steve, who lives...

The Diamond Divas ladies’ choir - which has raised over £40k for the Macmillan Unit hospice - returns to rehearsals next month (Sept) and needs a new pianist to join the team. The 20-strong choir, based in Highcliffe, has for the last eight years been performing in aid of Macmillan Caring Locally (MCL), the charity which supports the palliative care unit based in the grounds of Christchurch Hospital. The Diamond Divas’ concerts traditionally take place in care homes, local churches and at WI groups, as well as outside local supermarkets over Christmas. During lockdown the choir was unable to perform, but simply diversified...

Bournemouth school caretaker Paul O’Boyle, 56, who last year ran 27 marathons in 26 days, is embarking on a new challenge. A man, who was seriously injured, having been a victim of a drink driver, is to run an average of 42 miles a day over a five-day period. Bournemouth school caretaker Paul O’Boyle, 56, is no stranger to huge challenges, as last October he ran 27 marathons in 26 days. His latest feat will take him on the South West Coast Path from Old Harry Rocks in Studland on Sat 31 July to Plymouth Barbican on 4 August, a distance of 212...

As many of us are taking stock of the last 14 months and looking to brighter days ahead, the team at the Mac Unit are looking to the next few months and making tentative plans around events and activities with a real hope in our hearts that we will be able to see all of you again soon. It’s been such a difficult time and many are understandably concerned about returning to social contact and larger groups. We would be so interested to hear from you, our valued supporters, about how you feel and if you are keen to start taking...

UK staff from the global manufacturer Curtiss-Wright showed their mettle by running, cycling, rowing and even fishing to raise hundreds of pounds for the Macmillan Unit in Christchurch. Curtiss-Wright UK launched its Wellbeing Challenge at the beginning of 2021 and pledged to donate £20 for every employee who agreed to take part in fundraising for the hospice and two other nominated charities. Forty-one employees from its subsidiaries across the UK, including Christchurch, signed up and between them managed to run 2140 miles, cycle 285 miles, walk 3311 miles and row 126 miles during January and February. Karen Moss, Senior Human Resources Manager for...

Covid couldn’t stop the music when Christchurch University of the Third Age (U3A) tuned up to help the Macmillan Unit hospice. Each year the U3A Vintage Brass Band raises money for Macmillan Caring Locally by playing Christmas Carols to shoppers in Saxon Square. Restrictions meant playing activities were limited in 2020. But band member Tony Kent arranged with Christchurch Council for the band’s quartet, Brass in Harmony and small ensembles of Vintage Brass members to play in the Square on December 14th. As in previous years the U3A musicians were titled Santa’s Band and Rudolph’s Band and their efforts not only cheered up shoppers,...

RESOURCEFUL Rotarian Robin Scott made a rod for his own back when he delivered his club’s latest donation to the Macmillan Hospice in Christchurch, Dorset. Reluctant to hand over the money by hand due to COVID restrictions, the President of Boscombe and Southbourne Rotary devised his own delivery method, using a giant cheque and a fishing rod. Robin explained: “In normal times, we present our donations to the Macmillan Unit as a group with celebratory photographs and a party atmosphere. We have a fantastic relationship with the Trust Secretary Neal and the whole team, and it’s always something to enjoy." “Unfortunately, get-togethers aren’t safe...

Welcome to the latest blog post, bringing you up to date with news from the Mac Unit. We hope you are keeping well, all had a fabulous, chocolatey Easter break and are managing to enjoy some of the sunshine! It is incredible to think that it was over a year ago now that Boris Johnson made that first public announcement asking us to stay at home. It seemed almost surreal in those early days of lockdown but after twelve months, so much has happened and a lot has changed. On 23rd March, the nation came together to remember those we have...