07 - 10 July 2016 Fenstanton/Cambridgeshire
At Macmillan, we know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything. So we’re here to support you and help you take back some control in your life. From help with money worries and advice about work, to someone who’ll listen if you just want to talk, we’re here. Our ambition is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer, and inspire millions of others to do the same.
Every day 11 people in Cambridgeshire hear the devastating news they have cancer. This will see Cambridgeshire’s population of people living with cancer more than double between 2010 and 2030. There are currently 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK today. Cancer affects us all – either directly or indirectly.
What we do
The team at Macmillan is here to guide people through the system, giving them the support they need every step of the way.
- We provide medical support by funding nurses and other specialist health care professionals, and building cancer care centre’s such as the extension of the Macmillan Woodlands Centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon.
- We provide emotional support, listening, advising and sharing information through our cancer support specialists, website and trained professionals.
- We give financial support to cope with the extra costs cancer can bring, giving benefits advice, and grants for anything from heating bills to travel costs. A Macmillan Grant is a one-off payment for adults, young people or children with cancer, to cover a wide range of practical needs. Grants range from £15 to £500 depending on each person’s needs.
- We also work with people affected by cancer to improve cancer care, using our combined knowledge to make a positive difference. This could be anything from getting a coffee machine installed in a waiting room, to bringing about changes in the law.
- And we fight discrimination, from challenging unfair travel costs and insurance policies to improving the national benefits system.
Online Community & Cancer Voices
Don’t forget that Macmillan has a big online community that you can also be part of from fundraising ideas to help and support forums. You can also find out about cancer voices and maybe become one yourself. Cancer voices are people who have a cancer experience and want to help change the future of cancer care. Becoming a cancer voice is a unique and powerful way to make life better for everyone affected by cancer.
For more information about our history and how Douglas Macmillan started the charity please visit our website at: www.macmillan.org.uk
Where we are going
Today, there are 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK and this number will reach 4 million by 2030. In response, we’ve begun looking at what we need to do now to reach and improve the lives of people affected by cancer over the next 15 years.
So, by listening to and working with people affected by cancer, we’ve developed nine outcomes which we want people to be able to say by 2030. These are:
- I was diagnosed early
- I understand, so I make good decisions
- I get the treatment and care which are best for my cancer and my life
- I am treated with dignity and respect
- I know what I can do to help myself and who else can help me
- Those around me are well supported
- I can enjoy life
- I feel part of a community and inspired to give something back
- I want to die well
Going forward, we’ll also continue to campaign to improve services and support for people affected by cancer. We want to ensure that changes in things like the NHS, the welfare system and social care result in better outcomes and experiences for people with cancer and their families.
We know we have a very big task ahead of us this year and beyond. But we’re confident that we can achieve more than we ever have before, but we can only do this with continued support.
How you can help
- You can give money with a regular or one off donation
- You can raise money through coffee mornings, marathons and sponsored events
- You can give your time at events or fundraising groups
- You can share your experiences online, in the media and with each other
- You can get involved in campaigning for a better deal for people affected by cancer
- Become a cancer voice (see below for what a cancer voice is)
- And make sure you Gift Aid all the money you donate
- Set up a justgiving fundraising page online so people can donate to support them easily
More than one in three of us will receive a cancer diagnosis during our lifetime. With treatments improving and the population ageing, more people are living with the illness than ever before.
Our ambition is to reach and improve the lives of everyone affected by cancer, no matter who they are or where they live and inspire millions to do the same.
Macmillan in Cambridgeshire
Every year over 2,900 people in Cambridgeshire will be told they have cancer. 2 million of us are living with the illness today. Cancer affects us all – either directly or indirectly. Macmillan is here to provide support and help for people who need it today, through four main areas of support: Medical, Financial, Emotional and Practical.
Medical – In Cambridgeshire we fund over 90 medical professionals including nurses, GPs, dieticians and speech and language therapists, such as our head and neck support team at Addenbrookes Hospital. The team consists of three Macmillan head and neck cancer nurses, a Macmillan dietician and a Macmillan speech and language therapist. Head and neck cancers can be the most challenging and life changing, with gruelling treatment and, sometimes, long term scarring and disfigurement; some patients need to learn to eat and speak all over again. With specialist knowledge of these cancers, their treatment and effects, the Macmillan team provide the best possible support and care for patients and their loved ones.
"At Addenbrookes Hospital I was given a Macmillan cancer nurse specialist who was with me every step of my 5 year journey.
She was at the end of the phone if I needed her help and also in the clinic every time I had an appointment. I think that without her help at that dark time I would have given up. Macmillan do a great job in looking after not only the patient but also the families of the patient." Mick Pilling, Head and Neck Cancer Patient, Haverhill
Financial – When an individual receives a cancer diagnosis their second biggest worry after their health is their finances, as having cancer is expensive. In fact 1 in 17 people lose their homes as a result of a cancer diagnosis. Macmillan want to take the financial pressure off cancer patients so they can focus on their health. We offer a freephone support line number – 0808 808 00 00 which is manned by trained advisors as well as funding benefits advisers at the Fenland Citizens Advice Bureau. These advisers can direct individuals to the benefits to which they are entitled as well as providing support and guidance needed to complete the disability allowance claims forms. We also offer financial grants to cover the costs of anything from petrol costs to and from hospital, to a wig, to a new wardrobe due to cancer patients losing weight when undergoing treatment. In Cambridgeshire in 2011 we gave £120,073 in financial grants, of which £14,284 was in Cambridge alone.
Emotional – Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face and Macmillan are here to support you. Our nurses become an incredible emotional support during a cancer journey, not only to the individual but also to the family and friends support network. We also have a freephone support line number as outlined above, manned by trained advisers to listen and give advice. We fund 15 self help and support groups within Cambridgeshire whereby cancer patients can come together to share their stories and remove the possibility of feeling alone during a tough time.
Practical – Macmillan cares for carers too. When an individual receives a cancer diagnosis it is important to remember that the patient’s support network is also affected. We offer respite care to give carers a much deserved break. We also make homes more practical by making adaptations such as fitting a stair rail or ramp so that cancer patients can live at home comfortably and for as long as possible.
Interact with us
Visit our website at www.macmillan.org.uk for more information
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Why do we all do it?
We are MACMILLAN
All profits from this festival are being donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.