Thank you and Goodbye Macmillan

My name is Naomi Wylde, and I am currently studying Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Bath, and doing a placement within industry is a compulsory part of my degree. I have now come to the end of my placement experience within the Physical Activity team at Macmillan, and couldn’t be any more grateful for the support I have received.

I started Macmillan 10 months ago with a whole mixture of feelings. I was very excited to start a new challenge, learn new skills, and help to support people affected by cancer. However this encompassed being nervous, scared, and worried about whether I was good enough for the job.

Being surrounded by an amazing team has meant I have had countless opportunities for learning and developing. This has been in the form of working on a range of projects, attending training days, and going to conferences. In particular I thoroughly enjoyed organising the Manchester Knowledge Exchange Workshop, attending Motivational Interviewing training, and influencing other organisations at the Age UK conference. Within these experiences I have had the pleasure of travelling across London, and other areas of the country, seeing new things, and meeting new people.

The biggest highlights for me have been meeting people living with and beyond cancer, hearing their stories, and what Macmillan has done for them. Then, meeting the people who provide Macmillan services to support people affected by cancer through physical activity, and being a part of their development and support network has been really interesting. Additionally, I have worked with the Walking for Health team on various projects, and had the opportunity to attend health walks, talking to people about their experiences.

I cannot thank Macmillan Cancer Support, and Walking for Health enough for their continued support and encouragement throughout my 10 month placement. I now know I will suit a career within the public or third sector, and I am a much more confident individual who is ready and excited for my future.


Move More West Suffolk Success Story!

Local rock guitarist, Colin Moore (65) from Great Ashfield, was diagnosed with throat cancer in October 2014. Move More West Suffolk and Anna, the Macmillan Physiotherapist at Bury Physio, has helped him to recover his strength, confidence and voice to get back on stage in Suffolk.

Colin’s diagnosis of throat cancer was a real shock, after initially thinking he was just experiencing hay fever symptoms. He got referred to a specialist a few weeks after his second trip to his GP. Then after a nasal endoscopy, and biopsy, he was diagnosed.

Colin was surprised and how much Chemotherapy and radiotherapy fatigued him, and along with loss of 3 stone in weight due to the inability to swallow food properly he really didn’t feel himself anymore; the guitar player in a rock band, and an engineer as a profession.

“It felt like I wasn’t me anymore. I didn’t have the strength to pick up an amplifier, I ran out of breath easily and there was no way I could stand holding a guitar for a two-hour gig”

Due to these setbacks he decided it was time to get his confidence back and get fitter. Colin’s wife was with him for every appointment, and found the Move More West Suffolk leaflet and supported Colin to attend the service. This really highlights the importance of having support from partners and family.

Macmillan’s research shows exercise can slow disease progression and ease the side effects of treatment, such as depression, fatigue, and joint pain. Colin was treated by Anna Clayton, the Macmillan physiotherapist at Bury Physio. Her treatment worked wonders for Colin’s mental and physical health.

“The emotional side of things is often overlooked. I felt, looked, and sounded different after my cancer treatment. The Move More programme gave me the push to go out and meet people again”

Although the journey to recovery was a slow one Anna made the whole process easier for colin, treating him as an individual and working towards his goals.

“She played an important part in helping me get my confidence back”

Challenge Events 2017

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Taking on a challenge event for Macmillan is not only a brilliant way to raise vital funds for people affected by cancer, it’s also a fantastic opportunity to take on a large range of new and exciting challenges with your colleagues, service users, friends, and family. These events are known to build morale, they create friendly competition and having a team behind you always makes training and the event more fun.

Macmillan Cancer Support has created a huge variety of Challenge Events for you to try your hands at, and we have provided some more information below. However, firstly we would like to remind you of where your fundraising money goes.

In 2015 778,000 people were helped by Macmillan Healthcare Professionals, 284,404 people benefited from Cancer Information and Support Services, 62,471 people accessed the Macmillan Support line, and £280 million in benefits and grants were secured for people affected by cancer, helping over 127,000 people. All of these factors and more are supported by the funds you raise!

Don’t forget there is a Move More 50% OFF Discount Code!

  • Run Regents Park – 11th June
    • Sign up to run a 5k, 10k, or kids mini run in one of London’s landmark parks!
  • London to Amsterdam – 14th – 16th July
    • A European Classic Cycling Challenge! 250k from London to the cycling bike of the world. Canals, cobbled streets and beautiful architecture!
  • Ride London – 30th July
    • Cycle 100 miles from London to Surrey, passing many of London’s iconic landmarks on the way!
  • Great North Run – 10th September
    • Join 50,000 other runners from the centre of Newcastle to the stunning coastline of South Shields for this half marathon!
  • Mighty Hikes – June, July and September
    • Marathon Distance Might Hikes in 8 UK destinations: Loch Lomond, South Coast, Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall, Jurassic Coast, Cotswold Way, Thames Path, Peak District.
  • Take on a Triathlon – June, July, September
    • Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon Cheshire, Festival of Endurance at Hever Castle Kent, Castle Howard Triathlon York, Hever Castle Triathlon Kent, OR go international in Ireland, Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon, and France, the Château de Chantilly Triathlon.
  • All Out Swim – TBC
    • 2k and 5k swim series in Letchworth outdoor pool, Pelles Pool in Lewes, Sanford Parks Lido in Cheltenham, Brockwell Lido in London, and Guildford Lido