Fenland cancer charity has best year

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The Macmillan fundraising group in Wisbech is celebrating after raising an amazing £40,000 in 2015.

The dedicated group, made up of the Wisbech Fundraising Group and Macmillan Football Club, have had their best year yet.

A charity spokesman said the bumper amount raised will make a “huge difference” to Macmillan’s cancer services across the Wisbech area.

Some of the money will help fund Macmillan grants for local people affected by the disease, who are struggling financially, to help with various costs arising from their treatment.

In 2015, the group was able to provide 28 people in Wisbech with a grant averaging £365.

The grants help with things such as heating, clothing and travel costs.

Anyone affected by cancer who is struggling with these costs is urged to get in touch with the charity to see what help may be available, through the support line or by visiting a Macmillan information and support centre at Peterborough City Hospital or Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in King’s Lynn.

Money raised by the Wisbech fundraising group will also help fund the Macmillan services based at the QEH.

This includes the Macmillan Palliative Care consultant nurse who provides advice and support with pain and symptom management for people with palliative care needs through to end of life care.

They support the person with cancer, their family, and the nurses and doctors who are looking after them.

Jessica Levin, regional fundraising manager, said: “We cannot thank the Wisbech Fundraising Group and Macmillan FC enough for their hard work and dedication to fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support.

“Their support allows us to be there for people affected by cancer in the local community.”

To find out if you are eligible for a Macmillan grant, or for more information, call the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm).