Centenary beckons for Macmillan charity

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A CENTURY of successful fundraising is to continue as a charity reaches a major milestone.

Macmillan Cancer Support will be 100 years-old this year, and the local fundraising team that covers the Pocklington and Market Weighton area are wanting people to help build on the efforts that have helped propel the cause into one of the country’s leading cancer charities.

It was formed by Douglas Macmillan in 1911 after he witnessed his father die from cancer.

Fundraising manager for the Wolds, Sally Millington, said: “‘Douglas didn’t want other people to have to go through the same pain as his father.

“He wanted advice and information to be provided to all people with cancer, homes for patients at low or no cost, and voluntary nurses to attend to patients in their own homes.

“Today much of Douglas’ legacy lives on- we are still a source of support for people living with cancer today and we are a force for improving cancer care.

“Over the past 100 years, we have achieved many great things and helped many people in the local area affected by cancer which we want the people of Pocklington, Market Weighton and Holme-on-Spalding Moor to celebrate with us and help to ensure that we can continue to offer our services and support over the next 100 years.”

People are being urged to sign up for Macmillan-led events, donate money or work as a volunteer for the local team.

Sally continued: “It really is a significant birthday for us, and we would love people to help us make it a truly memorable year, whether it’s raising £10 by displaying a collection box, £100 by taking part in a sponsored event, or £1,000 by organising an event such as a ball, an art show or a cricket match- it all really does help people who have cancer.”

To find out more, people can visit www.macmillan.org.uk or contact Sally on (01904) 756404 or email smillington@macmillan.org.uk