Macmillan Holding Cancer Support Day in Scilly

macmillan cancer bannerBeing diagnosed with cancer is a frightening experience. But living in an isolated community could mean additional problems for patients.

That’s why Macmillan Cancer Support have organised their first ever Community Event here on the 18th of March.

Fundraising Manager Emma Wright says the charity is running a national campaign called ‘No One Should Face Cancer Alone,’ which she feels could be very relevant on the islands.

She’s hoping the event can raise awareness of the support and information available to anyone living with cancer, or who has suffered from the disease in the past.

Macmillan professionals from the Royal Cornwall Hospital will be answering questions about the disease, its treatment and prognosis.

And there’ll be small workshops throughout the day on a range of topics.

These include sessions to help people access the right information online, an insight into local cancer services, guidance about setting up support groups, plus a session on ‘What is Cancer’.”

There’ll also be a chance to learn how to get involved with Macmillan, fundraising or volunteering.

Emma says they’ve had a lot of support from the people of Scilly over the past few years.

She says the event gives them the opportunity to say thank you and hopefully inspire some new fundraising initiatives.

The difficulty she’s had arranging the event has brought home to her the remoteness of the islands and she says she’s grateful for the help offered by the Women’s Institute and transport companies.

The Community Event is open to anyone and will be running from 11am to 3.30pm in the Town Hall.

For further information please call the learning and development team on 01904 756410 or Email csweldadmin@macmillan.org.uk