Cancer charity seeks support to deliver services

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A cancer support service is seeking more volunteers to help deliver its work in Northumberland.

Macmillan Support Services helps people affected by cancer, other life-limiting illness, or who have been bereaved, providing someone to talk to.

Although it is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and is provided in partnership with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, it is volunteer-led, and there are range of roles for people to get involved.

Northumberland Team Leader Denise Robson said: “There are lots of ways people can get involved with Macmillan Support Services.

“The core of what we do is supporting people by providing someone to talk to, but there are all sorts of other roles available, ranging from admin tasks to manning information stalls at an event.

“Volunteers make a big difference to the lives of people affected by cancer. If you have some time to spare, we would like to hear from you.”

Full training is provided, after which volunteers can choose which role would suit them best. There is no minimal requirement in terms of time commitment.

Forestry worker David McLaren, 67, from Berwick, decided to get involved after being diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago.

He said: “I had a lot of help from Macmillan so I wanted to give something back and do whatever I could to help others perhaps in the same situation.”

Macmillan provides a range of support for people affected by cancer, from nurses and therapists, to telephone advice, information on benefits and volunteers helping with everyday tasks.

For more information about volunteering call 01670 855533, or email Denise.Robson@northumbria-healthcare.nhs.uk