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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...

Wow! What a fabulous bunch you are! The last month has shown how everyone connected to the Mac Unit sees a challenge and just rises right on above it…. and that definitely includes our amazing supporters. Despite the limitations of lockdown, lots of you are taking part in fitness challenges, our Barry’s Friday night quizzes (more on that later), lots of family fun and some innovative ways of fundraising at home. Meanwhile, our amazing team of staff and volunteers at the Mac Unit and at The Royal Bournemouth Hospital have been rising right above the many challenges they are facing...

There are moments when we are reminded of the wonder of humanity and right now, seeing the way everyone at The Mac Unit is handling this incredible challenge, is a time we will always remember. Amidst the Coronavirus crisis, our nurses, doctors and volunteers are showing incredible courage, kindness and selflessness and we could not be more proud of them all. To quote our Trust Secretary, we have “the greatest respect for our colleagues whose dedication and professionalism is always exemplary and whose skills, knowledge and compassion are needed now, more than ever before.” As you may be aware, our staff and...

Spring is a hopeful season. It brings transformation and light, and our expectations for brighter days grow with the daffodils. Hopes and expectations are running high at the Mac Unit as we eagerly await the approval of our planning permission and start taking tentative steps towards the official launch of Brick by Brick. We are raring to go and hope you are all ready to join us! January saw over 600 people coming to Christchurch for our public engagement events! The three days showcased the designs for the new Macmillan Unit along with the plans RBCH and AHH have for the...

New Year, New Beginnings…. New Website! A very warm welcome to 2020 and also to our shiny new website! We hope that you enjoy browsing through our news and plans for the year ahead and find all the information you need. Any feedback or comments are welcome! As a new year dawned at Macmillan Caring Locally, a wave of anticipation drifted through the charity office and Mac Unit. The prospect of significant developments with our new building has triggered a hive of activity within the fundraising team and staff and volunteers throughout the unit are full of enthusiasm for the new year...