Tameside Macmillan Unit fundraising appeal soaring

The Tameside Macmillan Unit fundraising appeal has soared through the half a million pound mark to hit £600,000.

Following a reduction in some estimated costs, the project is now one third of the way to reaching a revised £1.8 million target.

The centre is a joint venture between Macmillan Cancer Support and Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust.

The unit will bring vital cancer treatment and support together under one roof for the first time at the hospital for people affected by cancer across Tameside and Glossop.

The fundraising appeal was launched earlier this year to create a centre to provide outpatient cancer support, a chemotherapy suite with six chairs and a private room for acute chemotherapy.

Haematology services will be based at the unit, as well as a new Macmillan Information and Support Centre.

The centre will also include a palliative care consulting room, complementary therapy room, prosthesis-fitting area and Headstart service, where people can learn to wear scarves or hats as an alternative to wigs.

Since the appeal launched, fantastic fundraisers and kind-hearted supporters have been busy digging deep and taking part in some wild and wonderful events.

These have ranged from charity walks and head shaves to golf days and beer festivals – all to help raise much-needed funds for the appeal.

Aggie Sheppard, Macmillan’s Area Fundraising Manager for Greater Manchester, said: “Thanks to the generous support from individuals, local businesses and charitable trusts, we have raised a fantastic £600,000 towards the Tameside Macmillan Unit appeal.

“We are now one third of the way to reaching our goal to help transform the care and support given to people affected by cancer in Tameside and Glossop.

“However, we’ve still got a long way to go and we can’t do this on our own.

“We still need the local community to continue supporting this appeal and help us deliver this vital facility to ensure that no-one has to face cancer alone.”

For further information about the new Tameside Macmillan Unit, how to make a donation or for details on how to get involved in supporting the appeal, go to www.macmillan.org.uk/tameside, call the Fundraising Support Centre on 0300 1000 200 or [email protected]