Help Macmillan to raise £50,000

PUBLISHED: 10:22 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010

KEEP ON CARING: Macmillan nurses and fundraisers with Hertfordshire fundraising manager Carla Poole at Lister Hospital, Stevenage. am09mac

KEEP ON CARING: Macmillan nurses and fundraisers with Hertfordshire fundraising manager Carla Poole at Lister Hospital, Stevenage. am09mac

THE Crow s Charity of the Year for 2009 is Macmillan Cancer Support, and with the help of our readers we hope £50,000 can be raised for the cause. Macmillan receives no Government funding and relies entirely on fundraising and donations to keep going. The

THE Crow's Charity of the Year for 2009 is Macmillan Cancer Support, and with the help of our readers we hope £50,000 can be raised for the cause.

Macmillan receives no Government funding and relies entirely on fundraising and donations to keep going.

The charity currently reaches one in four people affected by cancer.

The Crow has joined forces with Macmillan in a bid to help the charity achieve its ambition of reaching and improving the lives of every single person affected by cancer by next year.

Macmillan's Hertfordshire fundraising manager Carla Poole said: "With two million people in the UK now living with or beyond cancer, it's more important than ever that support is in place for every aspect of cancer, so that those affected by it can get on with their lives again.

"And it's thanks to the support of people raising money for Macmillan that they are able to provide much-needed services."

Macmillan nurses are often the first point of contact after a cancer diagnosis.

The charity provides practical support, including lifts to hospital, time off for carers, and financial help in the form of grants or benefits advice.

Macmillan provides emotional support and shares information through its CancerLine website, support groups, and trained professionals.

Staff listen to people affected by cancer and use this knowledge to make a positive difference, whether it's getting a coffee machine installed in a waiting room, or bringing about changes in the law.

Macmillan has seven fundraising committees across Hertfordshire, but is looking for volunteers to start up a committee in Royston.

Jimmy Dawson, 61, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 1993 and has been chairman of the Stevenage and District Committee for Macmillan Cancer Support for about five years.

He said: "It doesn't have to take up a lot of time. You can give as little or as much time as you want."

If you are interested in becoming a committee member, or would like to get involved with Macmillan in another way, call Carla Poole on 01438 712012 to find out more.

If you are struggling to cope with the emotional or financial effects of cancer, call Macmillan on 0800 500 800 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk

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