Tonight I am off to the North Herts Macmillan fundraising group meeting, the first one of the new year.
The members of this group have their own personal reasons for wanting to give something back to Macmillan. All of us have been touched by cancer in one way or another, whether it is through family or work, we have all seen the effect that cancer has but also the support that can be given by the likes of Macmillan and other charities.
Over 98% of Macmillan’s income in 2013 came from voluntary donations and fundraising which raised a record-breaking £186.9 million in that year of which £89.2 million came from fundraising events and support from corporate partners.
As the number of people diagnosed with cancer continues to grow, the demand placed on the NHS and these charities will increase. There will be a record 2.5 million people living with a cancer diagnosis in the UK in 2015, an analysis by Macmillan Cancer Support predicts.
Macmillan say the surge will create a crisis of “unmanageable proportions” but as one comment I have seen remarks “there will be 2.5 million reasons to help”.
We have been extremely fortunate in North Hertfordshire with the recent completion of the new Cancer Unit at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, to replace the outdated and poor facilities that were available for the local community. This facility was funded jointly between the NHS and Macmillan so would not have been possible without the contributions made from fundraising events and support from corporate partners.
Fundraising groups are only a small part of the bigger picture for charities like Macmillan but the work of these groups is vital to Macmillan. All of the volunteers in the North Herts group are from the local community so we help to raise funds for Macmillan to serve the people living with cancer, whilst raising awareness of who Macmillan are and what they do.
As well as attending group meetings, we all help to organise fundraising events such as coffee mornings, quiz nights, walks and bike rides and much, much more.
You can also volunteer to help at a Macmillan information and support centre to help reach more people affected by cancer, and ensure they get the support and information they need.
So, the aim at tonight’s meeting is to start our plans for the year ahead and to set our fundraising events and targets.
If you want to give a little bit back to your local community, why not come along and join us at Chesfield Downs Golf & Country Club at Jack’s Hill, Graveley, Nr. Stevenage to see what we do. We will be in the bar for 7.30pm, 2nd Wednesday of the month!
Hope to see you there.