Rotary Club backs Fylde coast cancer service

Debby Marr, Lucy Mitchell Robert Mitchell, David Lowe and Helen Bright

BLACKPOOL Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre has been chosen to be Poulton Rotary Club’s nominated charity for the coming year.

Rotary members said they wanted their monies to be spent locally for cancer patients and the centre, based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, is set to benefit from their generosity.

Helen Bright, Blackpool Macmillan Information and Support Centre Manager, said: “We are so pleased and proud to have been accepted by the Poulton Rotary club to be their nominated charity for this year.

“Our service has grown at an exceptional rate in the last 18 months with five new members of the team and we are now able to reach out to people who were unaware that our service existed.

“We have now increased the contacts to our centre by more than 900% working very closely with Blackpool Teaching Hospitals and our community teams. This very kind donation will continue to provide health and wellbeing support for at least the next two years.”

The Macmillan team runs quarterly health and wellbeing events for cancer patients who are approaching the end of their treatment and the money will help run the events in the future to support patients with life after treatment.

Lucy Mitchell, who organises these events, said: “We’re so fortunate and very humbled to receive this donation from the Rotary Club.

“I tried to source venues locally at a minimal cost which proved extremely difficult so having this money available to book a venue which is central, has public transport access and parking has provided so much reassurance already.

“These events mean so much to our team and the people who attend. It was a worry we wouldn’t be able to keep them going.”

Rotary Club President, Robert Mitchell, said: “The Rotary Club of Poulton-le-Fylde are proud to support a worthy cause.

“Macmillan Cancer Support provides a vital link for both patients and families affected by cancer.

“The funds will be used locally and we would like to thank the people and businesses of Poulton-le-Fylde for supporting our events in recent months.

“Without them we would not be in a position to support local charities.”

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