Author: Macmillan Local

[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....

Hayley Bryson, A 38-year-old Bournemouth woman battling Motor Neurone Disease came home to find her new bedroom had been decorated with rainbows by hospice staff. The surprise came a year after staff from the Macmillan Unit in Christchurch also helped Hayley Bryson arrange her wedding to her fiancé Calvin. Hayley was diagnosed with MND in July 2019. Motor neurone disease (MND) destroys the nerve cells which control the muscles allowing a person to move, speak, swallow and breathe. Hayley’s husband Calvin, 47, explained: “Last summer Hayley was walking and speaking normally and enjoying her job working with adults with learning disabilities. But she is...

Paul O'Boyle, a Bournemouth school caretaker who suffered a bleed on his brain when he was hit by a drink driver five years ago, is to run 27 marathons in 26 consecutive days for a local hospice charity, Macmillan Caring Locally. Paul O'Boyle, 56, from Boscombe, sustained fractures to his skull, ribs and collarbone when he was knocked off his bike in Wallisdown Road in July 2015. The drunk driver was imprisoned for 15 months and banned from driving for three years and seven months. Father-of-one Paul spent a month off work from his job at the Bishop of Winchester School, recovering from...

And just like that, Autumn arrived. For many of us, it’s been back to school, back to work, back to a bit of normality but as expected, with the change of the season comes further change with Covid-19 restrictions. Our team at Macmillan Caring Locally are looking to the future and trying to decide what is best for our supporters regarding fundraising plans and events over the next few months and it is clear that the continuing restrictions will have an impact on charitable giving. However, there are still plenty of ways that everyone can get involved and do something fun...

So…. Did you indulge in a little cake to celebrate 46 years of the Mac Unit? And how did you fair in the 70s quiz night? If you joined us last month for any of our virtual birthday celebrations, thank you and we hope your enjoyed yourselves. Thanks also for all your wonderful birthday fundraisers and donations, including the ones made during the quiz (the extra donations to get Barry to face-plant the bowl of mashed potato were very much appreciated 😊). Your support, as ever, really is so important to us. Unfortunately, as many of you will be aware, we had...

The sun is shining, hints of normality are returning and we are all beginning to feel a little brighter. To add to the rejoicing, we celebrated the 72nd birthday of the NHS on 5th July. Did you go outside to join your neighbours for the 5pm clap? We are so proud of our NHS and later this month, Macmillan Caring Locally will be celebrating its very own birthday. On 25th July, the Macmillan Unit will have been open for 46 years! We have been looking through some fabulous photos from ‘back in the day’ and even the original agreement for the...

As we get closer to ticking off a third month of lockdown and distancing measures, many of us are adjusting to a very new normal. If you have seen the “Return of The Mac” news article on our website, you will know that our heroes have returned from their stint at The Royal Bournemouth Hospital, back ‘home’ to the Mac Unit. They were greeted with celebrations, welcome messages and balloons and as you can see from the photo, they were all very happy to be back. However, due to the risks associated with Covid-19, there have been quite a few changes...