There have been a few changes to the volunteer fundraising groups in Stevenage and North Herts over the last few months but there are, we hope, some exciting times ahead for fundraising in this part of Hertfordshire.
The Stevenage group had been running for years and had raised many thousands over this period mostly through their collections whilst the Letchworth group were only just starting out, raising funds through events. What was the Stevenage & District group and the relatively new Letchworth fundraising group, have now joined forces to become the Stevenage and North Hertfordshire fundraising group.
The aim of the group will be to hold collections and events in order to raise much needed funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and I am delighted to be appointed as the Chair of this newly formed group. The Committee members from the previous groups will prove a hard act to follow given their sterling service over the years.
But what does Macmillan do for the people of Hertfordshire?
In short, they work alongside the NHS and other health and social care partners to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. In Hertfordshire there are currently over 100 Macmillan health and social care professionals. These include Macmillan nurses and other healthcare professionals at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City, Hemel Hempstead Hospital and Watford General Hospital, along with several local hospices and Community NHS Trust across the County. We can also now benefit from the new £3 million Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre at the Lister Hospital, which opened in 2014 to provide much needed facilities for people in the region, which were sadly lacking previously.
Hertfordshire has a Welfare Benefits Service providing local clinics at hospitals and offering financial help and support across the whole county.
There are also a range of information services across Hertfordshire, with several Information and Support Centres, together with a Mobile Information Unit which will shortly be visiting several locations across the county giving the public quick and easy access to free cancer information and support.
More than one in three of us will get cancer. For most of us it will be the toughest fight we ever face. Now, more than ever, we need people like you to join our team and help us make sure no one faces cancer alone.