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Worthing and St. Richards Hospitals: £38k funding to enable the Trust to extend the working hours of their Specialist Palliative Care Nursing Team to cover weekends and Bank Holidays for two years. 

National guidance highlights that hospitals should have specialist palliative care nurses available at the weekend and bank holidays to support patients with terminal diagnoses.  Western Sussex Hospitals had secured agreement for weekend working from their staff but did not have the funds to pay for the (higher) pay costs of providing a weekend service.  We have agreed to fund this work, and the service is now available seven days/week.

St. Richards Hospital, Chichester:  Haemato-oncology Support Worker extension funding, two years £113k, approved in January, both roles recruited to. 

These two Macmillan Cancer Support Workers work with the chemotherapy team at St. Richards Hospital in Chichester helping the chemotherapy nurses with straight forward procedures and providing patient education sessions.  Chemotherapy nurses are difficult to recruit, so these lower band roles release the capacity of more senior staff to deal with more complex patients.  Demand for chemotherapy has increased 20% per annum in the last few years at St. Richards, which is why we are happy to continue funding these two roles.  These support workers have done a great job in increasing the patient contact and giving patients time to discuss their concerns and any issues they may be having.

Worthing Hospital:  Macmillan information space, £35k

A Macmillan information room is being developed outside the chemotherapy waiting area, where people can come and browse information, be supported by Macmillan Volunteers , meet with Welfare Benefits advisers and have counselling sessions.  PQL  Gail Maguire has been working with the Hospital estates department to agree the designs for the room and work is due to start imminently

Midhurst Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Service, £480k in ongoing yearly funding

We continue to fund 40% of the running costs of the Midhurst Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Service, which provides Specialist Palliative Care to people in their own homes across a wide rural area across West Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey.  The service provides a broad range of support nursing care, consultant advice, physiotherapy, counselling and help from volunteers in driving to appointments.

West Sussex Macmillan Welfare Benefits Service.  We continue to fully fund the West Sussex Macmillan Welfare benefits service in 2019, provided by West Sussex CAB.  


Jaime Rowbotham

 

Jaime Rowbotham only took up cycling a year ago and so the prospect to the 100 mile, Ride London challenge was a pretty daunting one for him. The route takes in some of Surrey’s toughest hills which also featured in the 2012 Olympics but we’re delighted to say he didn’t end up like this…

His ride ended with Jamie crossing the finishing line still in one piece and having raised a tremendous £1,725 for Macmillan. Well done Jamie and many thanks from us all.


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 2019

The 2019 monster nationwide event is scheduled to take place on Friday 27 September. If you would like to take part or host an event locally, please see this info from Macmillan: https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk.
Our local team will also be supporting various events in and around Chichester … If you would like to be involved or need some guidance please get oil touch with any one of our Committee members (see Contacts page)


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.”