Macmillan Cancer Support

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We provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care. We are Macmillan Cancer Support.

Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. One in three of us will get cancer. We are all affected by cancer. We can all help. We are Macmillan.

As treatments improve, more and more people are living with cancer in their daily lives. This means they need more than medical help, they also need practical, emotional and financial support.

Macmillan Cancer Support, Registered Charity Number 261017

Find out more about Macmillan Cancer Support, including how the charity is run and how we were founded in 1911.

Above & Beyond

Above & Beyond raises funds for Bristol city centre hospitals.

Above & Beyond raises funds to make a real difference to patient care in Bristol city centre hospitals. Our work touches the lives of over 800,000 patients who are treated every year, as well as the millions of friends and family who visit them and the dedicated staff who care for them.

Each year Above & Beyond raises an estimated £3m for projects that go above and beyond what the NHS can provide, including; state-of-the-art equipment, innovative research, staff training and the creation of a welcoming environment for everyone from Bristol and across the South West.

Whether it’s providing toys at the children’s hospital, funding the only Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in the region, transforming surroundings for patient with cancer or funding state-of-the-art telemedicine facilities in Bristol Heart Institute, our team works closely with hospital staff to make sure funds raised are spent where they are needed the most.

Sarah Talbot-Williams, Chief Executive at Above & Beyond, said:

“We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported Rock Against Cancer. So far, your generosity has helped to raise over £55,000 for projects in support of cancer at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre.

“Last year we committed to funding two incredible research projects at Bristol’s cancer centre over the next three years. The first is a state-of-the-art project in partnership with the University of the West of England. Robotics are at the forefront of medical research and this ‘Robo-Therapy Project’ will deliver precise, targeted radiotherapy for prostate cancer to minimise exposure to the rest of the body.

“The second investigates the mental wellbeing and after care of men who have suffered from prostate cancer. The impact of hormone therapy can affect the mind as well as the body, and the study investigates how quality of life can be improved through exercise, helping the ‘cancer survivorship’ programme meet the needs of survivors.

“Together, these projects cost £230,000 and your donations really have made all the difference in ensuring these vital projects become a reality. So from all of us at Above & Beyond, a massive thank you!”

Above & Beyond, Registered Charity Number 229945

visit Above & Beyond to find out more

Hope for Tomorrow

Hope for Tomorrow’s vision is to bring cancer treatment closer to the patient.

In 2007 we launched the world’s first Mobile Chemotherapy Unit (MCU).  In a unique partnership the charity owns and maintains the vehicles and they are operated by the local NHS Foundation Trust or major Oncology Centre.  The charity currently has eight MCU’s operational in Gloucestershire, Somerset, South Wiltshire, North Wiltshire, Hampshire, East Kent, Berkshire and Lincolnshire. We are due to launch our ninth MCU in Cornwall in May 2015.

How we started

Hope for Tomorrow was founded by Christine Mills after she lost her husband David to cancer. One of the many stresses the couple endured was travelling from their home to the Oncology Centre – a journey of nearly 60 miles. Many patients need to travel considerably longer harrowing distances and have to rely on friends – or public transport.

Mobile Chemotherapy Unit Project

Christine wanted the Charity to focus in a practical way, to alleviate the additional anxieties of travelling. She met Dr Sean Elyan, Consultant Oncologist and Medical Director of the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and discovered that he had a vision to bring chemotherapy closer to the patient.

This inspired her to make the dream into a reality and the Charity raised enough money to build the world’s first Mobile Chemotherapy Unit. In a unique partnership the Charity owns and maintains the vehicle which they provide to the Oncology Centre in Cheltenham.

The most important factor in the whole project is the response from patients – they are now able to be treated on arrival by dedicated medical staff. This avoids the hustle and bustle of a busy Oncology Centre.

North & South Wiltshire Mobile Chemotherapy Units

The North Wiltshire MCU known as ‘Linda’ in memory of the wife of a long-term supporter of the Charity and is based at Great Western Hospital in Swindon. Launched last year it is currently preparing its roll out to locations.  The South Wiltshire MCU known as ‘Kayleigh’

in memory of a young girl from Chippenham who sadly passed away from cancer and is based at Salisbury District Hospital in Salisbury from which it has been successfully operating for 3 years treating patients across the south of the county and beyond into parts of Hampshire and Dorset.

North & South Wiltshire MCU Funding

Hope for Tomorrow build, equip and maintain the Mobile Chemotherapy Units, we also provide each area with a support vehicle to allow nurses to travel independently of the MCU.

Hope for Tomorrow rely solely on voluntary funding and seek this by means of community fundraising, high profile events, major donors and through applications to charitable trusts and foundations.

Each MCU costs the charity £12,000 a year to keep on the road and support amongst the communities in which we operate is crucial to the wheels turning.


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