A kind letter from Macmillan
21 December 2018
Thank you for your wonderful fundraising effort in the past 2 years which has now reached £50k and counting. I know when you set out on this journey that you wanted to raise enough money to fund a Macmillan Nurse for a year. You are now so near this ambition and I cannot say how grateful I am to you and that I have been able to support you with this fantastic ambition. You have literally walked and walked in the past 12 months. First, it was the 297 miles of the Macmillan Way across 9 counties and then you got out your walking boots again, just 2 weeks ago, to walk the Cotswold Way. You even risked life and limb in a field of 30 bulls but luckily escaped with only cuts, bruises and sprains. You really have gone the extra mile and for that I am hugely grateful.
Your ambition to raise the money to fund a Macmillan Nurse is now just £4k away from reality and I hope you are not just immensely proud of your achievement but that you can, in the next couple of weeks, reach your target of £54,000.
I wanted to outline what your fundraising will achieve and I have included some information for you:-
Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) treat and manage patient’s health concerns and work to promote health and wellbeing. They use their skills and expertise in cancer care to provide physical and emotional support, coordinate care services and to inform and advise patients on clinical as well as practical issues.
CNSs can specialise in caring for a specific population (such as young people), a type of care (such as palliative care), a condition (such as lymphoedema), or a particular cancer (such as lung cancer). One of the 5 most common cancers is Skin Cancer and, in Gloucestershire, we are putting plans in place with our partners to recruit and fund a Macmillan Skin Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist who will work at the Gloucester Royal Hospital but will provide a county-wide Service for Gloucestershire.
Macmillan commits to fund new CNS posts for three years. We currently have over 20 Macmillan posts in funding in Gloucestershire. After the initial funding period, our partner organisations - such as the NHS - continue to fund Macmillan professionals. Your decision to set a fundraising target of £54,000 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for one year helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support. That is a fantastic achievement and I know that this will need an extra push to achieve this target but I have every faith that with support you will.
Huge thanks to you for all that you have done in the past 2 years and I hope that all your supporters will realise how close you are to achieving what you set out to achieve and continue to lend their support to your ambition.
With very best wishes for Christmas and to achieving your total in 2019.
Head of Regional Fundraising (Wales & West Midlands)
Macmillan Cancer Support