JOHN RULLO: Macmillan is here for those difficult times
Welcome to my new regular column where I’ll be highlighting the work of our hundreds of Wigan-based Macmillan volunteers, fund-raisers, clinicians and information specialists who every day give their utmost to support cancer patients and families.
Approximately 1,400 people each year across Wigan will receive a cancer diagnosis.
We know it’s one of the most difficult times in anyone’s life, but Macmillan is here for them from the outset through our two Macmillan Information and Support Centres (MISC) at The Thomas Linacre Outpatient Centre on Parson’s Walk and inside Wigan Infirmary.
Throughout Covid their dedicated staff have been offering face-to-face and telephone support to any patients who need advice on understanding their diagnosis, emotional support, benefits and financial advice, and signposting to complementary therapies.
There’s a wealth of Macmillan booklets on practically every aspect of every cancer and there is always a listening ear and a cup of tea from some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.
Call them on 01942 822760 weekdays between 08.30 and 16.00.
Huge thanks to Lowton-based artist, David Hoult, who discovered his talent during the first lockdown at the age of 73 and has just handed over £500 to Macmillan from the proceeds of sales of his acrylic on canvas paintings depicting animals and landscapes.
Take a look at his Instagram account @artbydave.
Leaving you this week with an update to the story this paper told of Winstanley mum, Lynsey Gregory (pictured) who wrote the book Mummy Goes To Hospital after her leukaemia diagnosis in January 2019.
We were delighted when Lynsey recently popped in to the Macmillan centre at Thomas Linacre to donate copies of the book to be used by other families and know they will make a big difference to parents and children.
Find more information at macmillan.org.uk or call our Macmillan Support Line seven days a week between 8am and 8pm on 0808 8080 000.
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