Call to Support Local Fundraising for Life-Saving Cancer Research

A group of fundraisers led by a Formby cancer hero are looking for local people to pledge their support and help them raise money for life-saving cancer research.

Each year around 148 people in the Sefton region will be diagnosed with cancer and one in three of those will die from cancer or cancer related diseases.

The Sefton-based fundraising group for the charity North West Cancer Research is now looking for volunteers to act as regional cancer heroes and raise money for cancer research.

Jim Brown, 72, from Formby,  set up the group earlier this year after working with local cancer support group The Daisy Chain. Wanting to widen his support for cancer-based charities, he set up the fundraising group with his two friends Kevin Dunne and Hilda Boyd.

Jim who has lived in Formby all his life, was first inspired to work with local cancer charities after his wife Joan was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago.

He said: “When we got Joan’s cancer diagnosis, it was a shock for us all. But thanks to treatment, which included surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, she’s now doing much better.

“Watching her go through her treatment was hard, but she has been so brave throughout it all. It was then that I knew I wanted to do something to help others and offer support for them and their loved ones.

“Research is an incredibly important part of the cancer journey. It’s more than just finding a cure for cancer, but it’s also about developing treatments which not only kill cancer but are easier for patients to cope with and do not have the horrendous side-effects that many treatments do today.

“I’ve been to the research labs at the North West Cancer Research Centre in Liverpool and spoken with the researchers the charity supports. It was great to see what the money we raise will be spent on and encouraging to hear some of the advances that their researchers are already making.”

The group is inviting volunteers to join them as they help raise money for this life-saving cancer research. They are looking for people to help organise fundraising events in the local community.

Jim added: “You can give as much or as little of your time as you like and any contribution no matter how big or small goes a long way in helping the fight against cancer.”

To find out more contact Jim on brownchest@yahoo.co.uk or call 01704 574787.

Have a brew and raise money for Cancer Research UK

PEOPLE across Sefton are being invited to host a Cancer Research UK Coffee Morning and help raise money to fund life-saving research.

Every day, 110 people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West. And that’s why the charity is calling on people across the region to join together with friends, colleagues and family for a cuppa and a natter while raising funds to help beat cancer sooner.

The charity is encouraging everyone to sign up for a free fundraising pack today and host a coffee morning any time until the end of May – with the official coffee morning day falling on April 6.

The coffee mornings can be held at home, in the office, at school or in the local community, with people making a donation to attend.

Alison Barbuti, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Merseyside, said: “Signing up for a Cancer Research UK Coffee Morning is a piece of cake!

“We are encouraging everyone in Merseyside to host a coffee morning and ask guests to donate in exchange for a drink, snack and chat. We all love a good brew in the North West and taking time out of the office or home for elevenses is a great way to catch up with friends and colleagues.

“Every donation made will help save lives by funding research to accelerate the charity’s progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

“Cancer survival has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress – but every step our doctors, nurses and scientists take relies on donations from the public and the tireless fundraising of our supporters.

“We hope everyone in Merseyside will join us by hosting a Cancer Research UK Coffee Morning so we can beat cancer sooner.”

The Cancer Research UK Coffee Morning fundraising pack contains everything supporters need to plan their perfect coffee morning, including posters, balloons, recipe suggestions and fundraising ideas.

“Move More” wants more participants in West Lancashire.

A fitness programme and activity advice service, which helps people living with and beyond cancer become more active, is looking for new members from West Lancashire.

“Move More” helps people with a diagnosis of cancer to find effective ways to get and stay active, no matter where they are on their cancer journey, including those who have completed treatment.

Launched in Autumn 2015, it is a joint initiative between Macmillan Cancer Support, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

More than 60 people have used the service. The cancer specific classes take place on Mondays and Fridays 1.15-2.30pm and 2.30-3.45pm at Ormskirk Hospital.

One-to-one sessions also take place throughout the week.

Move More is run by Melanie Reardon, Macmillan physical activity manager, with Tim Horn, Macmillan physical activity physiotherapist and Ann Prescott, Macmillan physical activity assistant practitioner.

Melanie said: “We’ve had a really good response since launching Move More in September 2015. The service is designed to get people active to give them a better quality of life.

“Physical activity has lots of health benefits and also contributes to social and mental wellbeing. We’d love to see even more people at the sessions.

“We are also able to assess the needs of each individual and can often refer them to other services that could be of benefit.”

Pauline Egan, from Skelmersdale, has been attending the fitness sessions since February. She said: “Move More has been brilliant in increasing my fitness and in giving me more confidence. There is also the social side of things too. It’s great to meet people and we like to catch-up each week.”

If you live in West Lancashire, are affected by cancer, you can find out about “Move More” on 01695 656268 via email soh-tr.odgh-physio@nhs.net or contact your GP.

Southport Macmillan Cancer Recovery Programme recognised in top awards

A cancer recovery package put together by Macmillan’s Cancer Information and Support Centre in Southport with its partners, has been nominated in the prestigious Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards.

The package for those affected by cancer in Southport, jointly designed by Macmillan, NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and Sefton Council has been shortlisted in the integration excellence category.

Aiming to help local residents move on with life after hospital treatment, the integrated package brings together a wide range of ongoing activities to support those affected by cancer to improve their physical health and mental wellbeing.

Research is showing that being physically active during and after cancer treatment helps to provide a variety of health and well-being benefits including helping to manage fatigue.

The ‘Move More’ part of the programme, run by Lucy Holmes at Active Lifestyles, Sefton Council, offers its own physical and wellness activities such as a gentle circuit class and relaxation session, a low impact chair class, gym sessions, swimming and a gardening group. As well as support in helping cancer patients in becoming more aware, the Move More activities allow people to participate in targeted physical activity sessions that are readily available locally within the community

The centre also offers the chance to get involved in community groups such as crafts and singing, it also gives emotional and financial support and also counselling to those on the programme who might need it. Along with this and a host of other activity, the group holds a health and wellbeing event three times a year bringing likeminded people together and a seven week course to help people overcome problems they face.

Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG cancer clinical lead, said: “We have worked hard on this package to get it right and it’s a real team effort, bringing together a host of activities, advice and information to benefit people living with and beyond cancer and it’s great that we’re being recognised for that.

“We’re so pleased that people in Southport and Formby are benefiting from the programme, the main thing for us is that people in the area know there is help and support available to them. Sometimes just talking to others at our health and wellbeing event really helps people to realise they are not alone in what they are going through.”

Jackie Brunton, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s lead cancer nurse, said: “I am so pleased that the programme has been shortlisted for the award, it works because we have such a strong and special integrated partnership with Macmillan and the CCG in Southport and Formby.

“The programme is about professionals coming together with the patient at the centre of it all. This will be a real celebration for all teams involved.”

The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 17 November at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham.

Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre is a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, it is based on Scarisbrick Avenue in Southport. The team is on hand to offer help and support to anyone affected by cancer Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm. For more information, please visit: www.southportmacmillancentre.org.uk

For more information on the awards please see: http://www.macmillan.org.uk/aboutus/healthandsocialcareprofessionals/networking/macmillanprofessionalsawards/macmillanprofessionalsawards.aspx

Huge success for Southport Macmillan Cancer Centre’s Health and wellbeing event

Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched its new Cancer Recovery Programme at the sixth successful ‘Health and Wellbeing Event’ on March 17 at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.

Almost 200 people attended the event and benefitted from the chance to chat to nurse specialists and people from key organisations at the various market stalls. Visitors also listened to talks, took part in activity sessions, had hand massages and watched a healthy food demonstration. Guests were also told about different support groups, such as the new Macmillan gardening group which starts in April.

The regular event, run in partnership with Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, aims to support people in adjusting to life with and beyond cancer by providing information on the wide range of services which are available locally as well as healthy living activities.

Feedback on the day was excellent with comments such as: “All fantastic and uplifting for mind, body and soul” and “Thank you for having these magnificent events that can really change people’s lives.”

Sonia Holdsworth, Macmillan Development Manager, Cheshire West and Merseyside, said: “The event was a real success and the convention centre had a real buzz about it as people walked around the stalls. It is so important for people to come together to find out about the help and advice that is on offer to them so I am glad we had such a good turn out.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “We are proud to support the Macmillan Centre in Southport. A lot of people don’t realise what is available to them on their doorstep so I’m hoping that people went away from the event with a better understanding and that they go on to use the support available to them.”

Jackie Brunton, cancer services manager at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said: “I speak to so many people who really benefit from the advice given at the regular health and wellbeing events and also from meeting likeminded people too, which is great to hear.

“Physical activity is a key element in the Cancer Recovery Programme, it can really lift people’s mood as well as keeping them fit and well so I would certainly recommend it. Please do sign up sign up to the next event if you have not been before.”

Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre is situated within the Living Well Centre on Scarisbrick Avenue and is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday (not bank holidays). No appointment is necessary and anyone affected by cancer is more than welcome to drop in for a coffee and a chat; they also have a wide range of Macmillan literature available, along with walking, craft and singing groups to join – and new for 2016 is a new gardening group.

The next Health & Wellbeing Event will be held on Thursday June 30 from 1pm – 3.30pm at the Southport Theatre & Convention Centre, this event is free and anyone wishing to book a place should call 0151 288 6893 or email sfccg.macmillancic@nhs.net

Introducing… Sefton Cancer Support Group

The Sefton Cancer Support Group is a registered charity, based in Formby, which gives support to Cancer Sufferers and their Carers.

The Support Group is available as a resource for information, financial advice, and support. They also offer a social opportunity away from the stress of dealing with cancer, providing aromatherapy and relaxation, acupuncture, chiropody, reflexology, and Reiki to unwind the client and re energise them. They also provide social opportunities for the people recovering from the trauma of cancer, such as day trips or going out for meals.

An after hours helpline is available for those who need a human voice to talk to at night. The number is 01704 876 613 and the call will be answered by a volunteer whenever possible.

To call the main office line, dial 01704 879 352, or you can call into the centre at 1 Duke St, Formby, L37 4AL.  Office hours are 10am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 10am to 1pm on Fridays. You can also email the team at hello@seftoncancersupportgroup.org.uk

For any further information you can visit http://www.seftoncancersupport.org.uk or click here to download a leaflet.