Column — My Macmillan Moment

Amy Hebdon, the fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Rotherham, relives the moment she was inspired by a client.

I JOINED Macmillan in November 2006 and I can’t think of anything I could be more passionate about doing. 

Every single day I meet and talk to inspiring people who give up their time, take on challenges and support us in so many different ways across Rotherham.

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I have lost loved ones to this terrible illness. I have friends and family that are living with and beyond cancer. I know how important the support Macmillan provides is — at those key moments. But I know there is more work for us to do. 

Many of the fundraising team at Macmillan, talk about a ‘Macmillan moment’.

Whenever you start a job, we all have inductions but at Macmillan I think it really hits home when you meet someone whose story, challenge and spirit inspires you — and it can sometimes be emotional for you. 

But it shows you why this charity is so special…the people who choose to support us and make a difference to help others. 

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I would like to share a story from one of our supporters who visited the information bus we have which travels around visiting communities to offer support and answer any questions about cancer. 

A man approached the information bus as I was talking to Wayne, the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Specialist.

I looked into his eyes and could empathise with his feelings. 

When asked if he was all right and he solemnly said ‘No’, everything I’ve been doing over the years to say thank you to Macmillan was crystalised in that one moment.

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Wayne stopped talking to me. He concentrated on him and his need to talk to someone, for him to be with someone that understood what he was going through — to help him in his darkest, loneliest hour. I had to leave before I welled up and cried. 

I’ve spoken and written countless words whilst at Macmillan, but none of them have expressed so clearly the true value of what Macmillan does for people in their hour of need, in those few precious moments — I’m thankful to them for sharing that with me.

It’s a cliché perhaps but the people who support this charity, really do make it special. 

Over the coming months, I will be sharing with you some great stories in and around Rotherham, talking about the amazing local people supporting Macmillan by fundraising and volunteering, and showcasing some of the work we are involved with to improve cancer care. If you’re reading this and thinking I’d like to get involved and support Macmillan, then please get in touch.

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I would also like to say a big thank you for all the generous donations made to Macmillan throughout the year. 

We couldn’t provide our vital services without your support and for that we are extremely grateful. 

To find out more contact Amy Hebdon on 07710 307050 or email [email protected]. You can also contact the Macmillan Supporter Care Team on 0300 1000 200. 

Amy Hebdon is the fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Rotherham. 

She is updating Advertiser readers regularly on the latest stories and developments by supporters across the town.