Our Visit to Royal Preston Hospital

Our Charity Committee recently took a visit to Royal Preston Hospital to find out about some of the work Macmillan are doing in our local area and to discover how our fundraising will make a difference.

As we walked through the hospital it soon became apparent to us how busy the Rosemere Cancer Unit was and what fantastic care they provided. Over 4000 people in the Preston area are currently living with Cancer, with approximately 700 new patients being diagnosed every year. The most common in our area being; breast, prostate, lung, colorectal and skin.

Macmillan provide a fantastic support in our area providing 18 dedicated Macmillan nurses in Royal Preston Hospital, treating and seeing over 6,000 patients a year and supporting and caring for those in need as well as their families. All Macmillan nurses are registered with at least five years’ experience including two or more years in cancer or palliative care. They will have completed specialist courses in pain, symptom management as well as psychological support. Unfortunately, Macmillan nurses aren’t free with extensive training and salary totalling about £54k a year. BAKO would like to surpass our £50k target and hit £54k so we can say we’ve helped employ an irreplaceable Macmillan nurse for a year!

As well as providing Macmillan nurses, Macmillan provide other services to patients including Freephone helplines, information and support centre at Royal Preston Hospital. Macmillan will also help apply for grants and benefits as it’s predicted that a person living with cancer will pay an extra £511 a month due to increase in travel for treatments, extra utility and heating bills as examples. They also provide Boots pharmacists and beauty technicians to help people feel the best they can while battling through a difficult time.

We saw what a fantastic job Macmillan do and why we chose to support this fantastic charity. If you would like to donate to Macmillan please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bakonw50k

Or if you need any help or support call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00
or visit www.macmillan.org.uk for more information.

Andrew Gahagan
Marketing Executive

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