Macmillan Cancer Support
Today there are 3,700 people living with cancer in Chesterfield, but by 2030 this number will rise to 7,000. Macmillan provides practical, emotional, financial and medical support for 3 out of four people affected by cancer, as well as their families, carers and whole communities. The charity’s goal is to be there for everyone affected by the illness.
In Derbyshire there are 88 Macmillan professionals who work in local clinical environments and the community. In Chesterfield the charity works closely with key partner organisations such as Chesterfield Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Ashgate Hospicecare.
It also provides financial support to local people and offers a small, means-tested grants programme for those experiencing financial difficulties as a result of their illness. These are given to patients for a wide range of reasons, such as to fund a new washing machine, pay for taxi fares to hospital or even a short break away with their families. In 2014 the charity provided £127,000 in Macmillan Grants to 459 people across Derbyshire.
Rob Turner, Senior Fundraising Manager for Sheffield and Chesterfield says:-
“Macmillan is proud to join Chesterfield Champions to raise the profile of the new cancer centre which will transform services for the people of North and North East Derbyshire. This development will provide better cancer care, closer to home and allow us to support more people affected.”
The new facility will provide vital support for local people facing the toughest fight of their lives, and will include:
- 25 chemotherapy chairs and two beds – meaning many people will be able to receive chemotherapy treatment closer to home (there are currently eight chairs and no beds at the hospital);
- Treatment and care in one location;
- A specialist Macmillan Information and Support Centre, including a dedicated service manager;
- Counselling services;
- Complementary therapies, welfare benefits advice, practical support and dietary advice;
- Access to self help and support groups;
- Signposting to the voluntary and community sector for support
To find out more, please visit www.macmillan.org.uk/chesterfieldappeal