Macmillan needs help

A leading charity is looking for volunteers to help them reach even more people in who are affected by cancer.

Macmillan Cancer Support needs fundraising volunteers who are willing to take on a variety of tasks, from helping to organize events like cheque presentations to speaking to local organizations, schools and businesses about Macmillan’s work.

Volunteers are also needed to assist local fundraisers with research and administration for projects and annual fundraising events.

Fundraising Manager for Aberdeen and Grampian, Shirlie Geddes said: “We have some really interesting volunteer roles available for people who want to take on a new challenge, have fun or just want to help us raise the money we need to fund our cancer services.

“For most of our roles, volunteers don’t need to have special skills or experience. They just need to be enthusiastic and willing to learn.

“We provide training if it’s needed and offer on-going support to ensure all our volunteers get the best possible experience while helping us be there for people affected by cancer”.

Macmillan support people with cancer and their families in a number of ways which include providing specialist nurses who work within the NHS, running a support line manned by cancer nurses and giving grants to cancer patients with money problems.

Macmillan grants are used to help with issues ranging from assistance with fuel bills or the cost of travelling to treatment to replacing bedding and mattresses or buying liquidisers to make food digestible. In 2011, Macmillan gave 153 patient grants in Aberdeenshire alone – a total of £58,757.

There are around 50 Macmillan professionals working locally across the north of Scotland to provide medical services to support people affected by cancer.

As well as 34 specialist nurses in local communities and in hospitals, there are seven doctors, five physiotherapists and occupational therapists plus two psychologists.

Macmillan is almost entirely funded by public donations and the charity says the support of volunteers is essential to helping it raise all the money it needs to fund its cancer services. To find out about volunteering for Macmillan call 0300 1000 200.