AN ALVECHURCH volunteer for Macmillan is urging others to join her after the charity revealed there are 21,000 people currently living with cancer in Worcestershire alone.
June Jacombs, a retired nurse, joined the cause’s Buddies service shortly after her son was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2012 and with Volunteers Week just around the corner, she encourages others to lend a hand too.
The service provides face to face support to people affected by cancer. They provide respite care as well as providing transport, lending a listening ear and helping with housework.
She said: “My son was married with two children and I was concerned about the financial implications of his diagnosis. He managed to get a grant from Macmillan to help with the cost of cancer.
“That’s what made me consider volunteering for Macmillan.
“I’d encourage anyone with a few hours to spare to consider volunteering. It’s so rewarding and could make a real difference to someone’s life.”
Joe Bates, West Midlands Communications Officer for Macmillan, said: “By 2030, it is estimated that there will be over 52,000 people living with or beyond cancer in Worcestershire alone.
“Once the treatment is over, all those people are likely to need emotional and practical support too in order to get back to normal life.”
Across Worcestershire, Macmillan’s Buddies volunteers have given the equivalent of 140 working days of support, but more volunteers are urgently needed.
Anyone interested in volunteering should go to email@example.com or call 07473 613712.
Visit http://volunteersweek.org/ for more information.