Macmillan and M&S – working together in local communities
Our professionals are specialists in their area of cancer care and leaders in their field. They provide vital support from the time someone suspects they have cancer to when they no longer want our help.
Helen is just one of the Macmillan professionals funded by M&S, based in the south of Wales, specialising in skin cancer patients. And since 2013 she has supported over 2,000 people. But her work doesn’t stop in the hospitals! In July she attended the Royal Welsh Show, a large scale farming and rural life event, where M&S has a stand every year. This proved the perfect opportunity for Helen to meet the harder to reach rural community ‘in particular farmers who are at increased risk of getting skin cancer due to their outdoor work’.
Helen explained that because her job is ‘mobile’ she’s able to advise patients on the spot about whether they should seek a medical opinion regarding skin lesions’. I was amazed to find out that in just 4 hours Helen was able to see 31 members of the public!
We are proud to have M&S as the headline sponsor for our flagship fundraising event, World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for the sixth year, and we know that 2015 will be even bigger and better than any other year as we work together to pull out all the stops. M&S customers can indulge in coffee and cake in the cafe, buy bespoke biscuit tins, beautiful homeware or pick up a treat for their coffee morning and know that they are helping to provide invaluable services like Helen’s to people affected by cancer right across the UK.
Not only that, but every bucket shaken, challenge surmounted or bake sale held by all the wonderfully enthusiastic employees at M&S will be helping to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.
The money raised by M&S is helping to support people affected by cancer now, but it is also contributing to the future of care in local communities in south Wales and beyond.
By 2020 almost 1 in 2 people will get cancer at some point in their lives. The demand for Macmillan professionals has never been higher, which is why the work of individuals like Helen is vital and the support of corporate partners like M&S is indispensable.