Macmillan in Sussex Update

Here is the latest update of Macmillan’s work in Sussex during 2017…

Lynn Salton – 10 years Service Award

At the South East regional gathering on 19 June, the Chichester Committee’s, Lynn Salton received a 10 Year Service Award. Lynn has been particularly responsible for the wonderful December Wine Tasting evenings and the summer Tennis events… so combining just two of her many loves…

Julia Baker – Lifetime Achievement Award

Volunteers and support teams from across the South East met on Tuesday, 19 June at Clapham, north fo Worthing for a rally exchanging the latest information on Macmillan’s activities and results. During this gathering, Julia Baker received a lifetime award from Claire Singlehurst, Macmillan’s Director of Fund Raising.

Macmillan Update and Thank You

The Chichester Committee were delighted to received this letter from Rob Moon, the Head of Regional Fundraising London and South-East this week and certificate thanking us for the funds we raised in 2017.

Dear Chichester Committee,

Thank you so much for continuing to support Macmillan during 2017. Your dedication to raise more income and awareness is inspirational; we are so appreciative of all that you do.

Based on our unaudited figures (please don’t share these until our annual report is published in the summer) we raised an astounding £244.9 million in 2017; more than ever before. Committees and fundraising groups like yourselves raised a total of £1,156,010 in London and the South East. Our combined efforts, along with some savings in expenditure, allowed us to spend £166.8m on supporting people living with cancer last year. This is up £15m from 2016, and the highest figure we’ve ever committed to services.

This allowed us to reach an estimated 1.6m people with personal, high-impact, support from one of our professionals. We were able to recruit almost 600 more Macmillan nurses, bringing our total to over 5,700 across the UK. In fact, in 2017 Macmillan were responsible for funding 69% of cancer nurse specialists in the NHS. This allows us to be there for people when they need us most – ‘[My Macmillan nurse] Sharon is my security button. She’s the person I call on when I need support’ – Jeannette

Your fundraising helps us to provide our free Macmillan Support Line service (0808 808 00 00) – in 2017 we took over 150,000 calls from people seeking clinical, financial, practical and emotional support. The staff and volunteers who answer these calls (plus thousands of e-mails and webchats) give people vital advice, tailored to their individual needs – ‘I feel less afraid now already, with the information you’ve given me. It’s unbelievable how calm you’ve made me feel, thank you’ – Stephanie

We know that people living with cancer are, on average, £570 worse off a month as a result of their cancer diagnosis. Last year, the financial and welfare guidance teams on the support line uncovered more than £64m in unclaimed benefits, energy support, pension and insurance pay-outs for people they spoke to. We also gave Macmillan Grants totalling more than £14 million to approximately 30,000 people living with cancer, to help them meet some of the additional costs that cancer brings – ‘It was the greatest thing anybody could have done for me at that time’ – Sue

Acting as our ambassadors on the ground, you once again helped us to be voted YouGov’s top charity brand, now for the 5th year in a row. Our brand gives us incredible reach to the public, and we will need that more than ever to meet the needs of the 4m people who will be living with cancer by 2030. We will be refreshing our brand in 2018, to ensure we remain relevant, and that anybody who receives a cancer diagnosis knows we are there to help them.

We continue to be amazed by your support – since 1975 (when our records began) committees and fundraising groups have raised more than £150 million for people living with cancer, which is incredible.

Please accept my sincerest thanks to you and all those who support you in raising funds for Macmillan – we simply couldn’t do it without you. 

With kindest regards

Robert Moon

Head of Regional Fundraising London and South-East

NB: Please note that the sum here varies from the £57,000 stated on our Home page because the number here does not yet include the full benefits of Gift Aid contributions that we will receive.

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 2018

This year’s monster nationwide event is scheduled to take place on Friday 28 September. If you would like to take part or host an event locally, please see this info from Macmillan:
Our local team will also be supporting Marks and Spencer in Chichester … Do come along or contact Pete Lines for more information: Tel 07799 653899‬ or email:

Macmillan Near You

This leaflet shows some key facts about cancer sufferers in Sussex and what Macmillan is doing to help and support:


M&S Collections

During September, Marks & Spencer supported Macmillan as part of a nationwide fund-raising campaign that saw them raise a record-breaking £1.38m through their 300 stores and 1000 volunteers.
The Chichester store collected £7,188… nearly 60% above the national average. Their ‘Girl-on-a-Bike’ in the window of the North street store was a real show-stopper and no doubt helped in eliciting generous donations from our community. Huge thanks to all involved.

St Wilfrid’s Hospice

We are occasionally asked to clarify the different roles of Macmillan and the St. Wilfrid’s Hospice here in the Chichester area and Dame Jenny Wilson-Barnett has kindly provided this helpful explanation:

“Some years ago, the range of responsibilities and cooperation between the Hospice, the Macmillan team and the NHS were agreed.

The Macmillan team here in Chichester are based at St Richards and work with consultants to support and care for patients coping with new or recurrent diagnoses of cancer. There are twelve nurses and several care assistants among this group. Two palliative care specialists help with symptom control for in-patients.

Although Macmillan staff sometimes make home visits to ensure continuity and transfer to the Hospice at Home team, (which is partially funded by the NHS), they tend to work mainly in the hospital. The Hospice at Home staff then continue to provide care at home for those who are near the end of life.

This arrangement varies in different parts of Sussex and the country as a whole.”

Personal Message from Ronnie Williamson

Of all the things in the news today, one thing not reported is the 977 people in the UK today who woke to the news that they had been diagnosed with cancer. Sadly another 997 will receive the same shocking news tomorrow, and this happens every day of every week of every month, until we solve it. Until we find the cause and the cure of cancer in all its forms, of which there are currently approaching one hundred different types.
You see, it really is that shocking.  Cancer does not take holidays, it is not ageist, it is no respecter of ethnic  barriers. It affects us all. It is all too much to comprehend. Surely we are not so apathetic as to turn our backs on nearly one thousand people each day?
No, thankfully not… In fact many of us do many things to help in the fight against cancer. If you think of Macmillan Cancer Support researchers, doctors, nurses, therapists as the specialists in this battle to save mankind, then surely we are all the footsoldiers in the battle?   Can you believe that MacMillan Cancer Support receives no Government funding? It all comes from you and me… the foot-soldiers in the ongoing battle. Every coffee morning, jumble sale, collection and charity event…big or small… every donation or contribution whether individual or corporate is a step in the right direction. Every little bit helps, so never be put off or disheartened. Every effort, every event in support of MacMillan Cancer is good news.
Ronnie Williamson

A wonderful and very personal act of fund raising…

We recently received a much-appreciated donation from Stuart Gerrett whose poignant story and experience prompted him to raise money for Macmillan as described by him below:


Very sadly we lost a close friend to cancer recently, which deeply inspired me to focus attention on raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Keen to give my first fundraising experience a whole heart, and endeavour to give back the most respectable sum I could to these wonderful people, the concept was born. A brilliant one night festival of live bands, DJs, lights, food, fun and enjoyment where all proceeds go to charity.

Giving myself the challenge of but 2 months to organise and host the event, would see the target date toward the end of September, lending itself, and so the name, perfectly to the apt title “Harvest Fest”.

During the setup process we unfortunately got word of further bad news, my wife being diagnosed with cancer for the first time at 35. Even more reason to make the evening a success for Macmillan!

With the help, charity and support of some truly amazing people we managed to secure everything from venue and raffle prizes, through to some quality entertainment, well within budget and on time.

The primary cash generators were from the bar and raffle, seeing prizes such as a weekend break in the New Forest for 2, 4 for golf at Cowdray Golf Club and even a one on one polo lesson by a pro amongst many others.

Much merriment was had by all in good attendance, and so I am pleased to say the event was a huge success. Generating a massive £2000 after costs for this deserved cause in just a few hours.

Cancer is said to affect 1 in every 2 people these days, and it certainly is a topic close to home for us at present. I am very humbled at the shear level of generous input showed by both guests and contributors alike in supporting me with this endeavour.

On a personal note, I am so glad to have been able to positively contribute toward combatting such a vicious illness.