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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...