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Macmillan Cancer Support

Saturday 28th Mar 2015

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support

Gena Harrison and Irene Leeming were visitors and guest speakers at the meeting on 26th March. Members heard a brief history about how the organisation was founded. Douglas Macmillan watched his father die of the disease in 1911 and he determined to help others who would suffer a similar harrowing experience. The organisation has grown and there have been many changes over the years but all designed to help people cope with the many different kinds of cancer. There are now hundreds of volunteers who offer help in many ways, one of the most important of which is fundraising. Financial aid, in the form of a grant, is available to cancer patients, if it will help improve quality of life, sometimes in the simplest of ways. Gena quoted the example of a lady who had throat cancer and had great difficulty swallowing. The lady could not afford a liquidiser so a grant enabled her to purchase this piece of equipment which was a great help to her. The presentation provided much food for thought and an appreciation of just how much good work the volunteers do for people in times of great need.
If you would like more information about the organisation please see www.macmillan.org.uk

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