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 and Beyond

Above & Beyond raises funds for Bristol’s hospitals.

Above & Beyond is the local charity that raises funds for all Bristol’s nine central hospitals. We invest in projects that provide gold-standard care, and make a real difference to patients in our city.

Working with inspirational local people we fundraise to:

  • improve the hospital environment
  • fund innovative research
  • support and train hospital staff
  • provide state of the art equipment.

Some half a million people of all ages and with all health conditions from across the South West are treated in Bristol’s central hospitals each year.

When patients, their families and friends want to say thank you for the care they’ve received, they come to us.

Each year Above & Beyond provides approx £3 million to the hospitals – we aim to make a difference to every patient and every condition.

Hugh Thompson, Director of Fundraising at Above and Beyond, writes:

“We are really grateful to all of you for supporting Rock Against Cancer. In 2012 you very kindly gave us £12,500 which we put into the Men’s Health Fund to support prostate cancer patients from across the southwest. Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre is a regional hospital treating people with a variety of conditions from across the region. The money enabled our clinicians – led by Prof Amit Bahl – to go “above and beyond” the NHS standards in their treatment of prostate cancer.

This year we have committed £2.4 million to a refurbishment and extension to the hospital that will improve the patient experience through the addition of living spaces such as a garden, living room and relatives room; an increase in the number of single rooms for the most vulnerable patients and a new extended day centre. Bristol’s position as a regional hospital for cancer is growing and its reputation is world class thanks to the amazing clinicians. Over the coming years more and more patients will be treated here and their experience will be all the better thanks to your generosity.

The proceeds from this year’s Rock Against Cancer to Above and Beyond will be split between both the Appeal for BHOC and the Men’s Health Fund. We look forward to joining you on 25th May!”

Prof Amit Bahl, Clinical Director Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, writes:

‘I sincerely appreciate the efforts that have been made to make Rock Against Cancer successful thereby enabling valuable funds to be made available for important research projects. We have been able to improve the precision of delivery of radiotherapy for prostate cancer by implanting gold markers into the prostate. This amongst several other projects which were aided by the funds have made a significant impact in our constant endeavour to achieve the best for our patients.

This fund also enabled us to evaluate valuable data in bladder cancer treatment and the results were presented at the ASCO GU international meeting in Feb 2013. As some of these cancers like bladder and kidney cancer can happen in men and women so we have decided to rename the Men’s Health Fund’ as ‘Aiming to Beat Cancer Fund’ so that future funds can be used for benefit of all patients.

The generosity of people both with their time and their money for this worthwhile cause has been an inspiration to all of us involved in this field and we share the common goal of ‘Aiming to Beat Cancer’

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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