IT has been a difficult 18months and across the board we all feel that we’ve lost valuable time with our loved ones, not visited places we planned to, not shared experiences we had hoped. Many of us have been disconnected from the people, places and activities we enjoy the most.
We’ve also lost time in cancer care, the gains made in recent years have given way to delayed treatments, a growing diagnosis backlog and worry about how our health services will cope with the winter ahead.
At Macmillan we have lost over a year of vital fundraising — we are sadly down by millions this year, this is money very desperately needed as our Macmillan professionals continue to tackle the backlog of people coming forward with cancer diagnoses.
Worryingly almost 200,000 people living with cancer could risk missing out on care from our nurses without your support this Coffee Morning. Our flagship fundraising event is taking place on Friday September 24 and already we know that signups are more than three quarters below average for the second year running, this could amount to an income drop of £40 million.
Nearly all (98 per cent) of Macmillan’s funding comes directly from donations, but disruption caused by Covid-19 means demand for our services are at an all-time high, while our income remains low.
Our free seven-day-a-week helpline, based here in Yorkshire, has answered more than a quarter of a million telephone queries from people affected by cancer since the first national lockdown and is currently experiencing more calls than this time last year. It’s clear people with cancer continue to turn to our nurses and experts for vital support.
Coronavirus will leave a lasting legacy for cancer care — if we are going to be there for everyone with cancer from day one, we need your support this Coffee Morning.
We’re calling on the people of Rotherham to help us make up for lost time, help us raise the much-needed funds we need to be there for people with cancer who need our support now more than ever. A Macmillan Coffee Morning is a great way to get back together and support people with cancer at the same time.
Make it as big or small as you want — Coffee Morning is a chance to have a cuppa and a chat with the people you’ve missed the most. Every penny you raise will make a difference to people facing cancer in Rotherham.
To sign up, visit coffee.macmillan.org.uk
Anyone diagnosed with cancer can contact the Macmillan Support Line seven days a week on 0808 808 00 00 or visit the Macmillan website (www.macmillan.org.uk)