Macmillan investment will help Rotherham meet the cancer challenges ahead

Macmillan investment will help Rotherham meet the cancer challenges ahead

By Amy Hebdon | 23/04/2021

Macmillan investment will help Rotherham meet the cancer challenges ahead


AS a fundraiser, I love hearing how Macmillan are investing those hard-earned pounds into new services which will help local people and so this month I want to share this with you.

Five years ago, Macmillan started a programme of investment that aimed to improve cancer care and support for people diagnosed with cancer across South Yorkshire. The Macmillan Living With and Beyond Cancer Programme came to an end in March and its final evaluation report highlights the benefits of our £5 million charitable investment.

A major highlight of this project is the recruitment of 43 Macmillan Cancer Support Workers. These roles support the emotional, financial and psychological impacts of a cancer diagnosis, as well as helping patients and their loved ones through the complicated health and social care system.  

There are four Macmillan Cancer Support workers working with cancer teams at Rotherham Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Diane Burke is a clinical nurse specialist working with the colorectal cancer team at Rotherham Hospital.

She has worked at the hospital for 30 years and has praised the impact of their team’s Macmillan Cancer Support Worker, saying: “When we’ve been looking at our role over the years, we noticed there were gaps, where we couldn’t fulfil all the needs necessary for cancer patients.

“When we were given the opportunity to have a Macmillan Cancer Support Worker join our team we jumped at the chance.

“Now I feel as though I’m supported; leaving me to offer more complex care and support to the patients that need it.”

Rotherham’s Macmillan Cancer Support Workers acted as a vital source of support and information through the coronavirus pandemic, as many cancer teams were redeployed during the first wave of the pandemic.

There has never been a worse time to receive a diagnosis of cancer, but our Macmillan Cancer Support Workers were able to take some of that stress and worry away by continuing to offer emotional and practical support for people throughout the crisis.

We have a made a short film highlighting the fantastic work of our Macmillan Cancer Support Workers and the impact of the £5 million Macmillan investment.  The film features Diane and can be viewed on Vimeo.

Anyone in need of cancer support can call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00, which is open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, or visit Macmillan’s Online Community.

Those who are experiencing cancer symptoms should contact their GP as a matter of urgency.

We rely on 98 per cent of public donations so without the support of people like you, we wouldn’t be here to support those who need us. If you would like to fundraise or volunteer, please contact me on 07710 307050 or email