When Carl Woods lost his grandma to cancer five weeks ago she was just the latest of a series of victims in his family of that most dreaded of diseases – cancer.
Unfortunately, cancer in its various forms seems to stalk his family which is why he decided to nominate Macmillan Cancer Support to be our charity of the month for September.
The local Macmillan office is located at St Rocco’s Hospice in Bewsey from where a team of three specialist nurses, a student and a secretary look after the needs of cancer sufferers in the whole of the Warrington district.
At any one time, they will be looking after 200 patients in the later stages of the disease, offering them as much help, comfort and psychological support as they can. They also offer palliative care to sufferers of a number of other life-limiting diseases.
Mary Lilford says: “We are here to help in any way we can, which sometimes includes raising funds to help them through financial difficulties brought on by their condition. Our palliative care is designed to give them the best quality of life we can and can sometimes mean allowing them to go back to work after their treatment.”
Carl commented: “The help they have given my family over the years has been tremendous. As well as my Nan dying recently, my girlfriend’s Nan also fell victim to cancer a year ago.
“I had an uncle die of a brain tumour 10 years ago and my grandad is being treated for the same problem at the moment. All of them have received tremendous help and support from Macmillan Nurses who do an absolutely amazing job and it was my pleasure to nominate them as our charity of the month.”