As a cancer charity reflects on a record 2013 thanks to donations from the people of North Tyneside, one woman knows first hand how vitally important its work is.
Macmillan nurse Darryl Earnshaw, from Tynemouth, was diagnosed with breast cancer.
She said: “Being a Macmillan nurse I knew all too well the support the charity could provide, little did I know that one day it would be me who would need that support.
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2012 at the age of 65 and was extremely grateful of the support of the breast care nurses.
“Not only did they allay my fears by explaining treatment available for my type of cancer which gave me a good outlook but were, and still are, there for contact and support should I have any worries about my cancer.
“As a palliative care nurse myself, I feared the worst, but my nurse explained that treatment was available for my type of cancer, and the outlook was good.”
Fundraising manager Jane Curry said: “Macmillan is only able to fund posts like these and support people like Darryl thanks to the generosity of those who fundraise and give their time to help.
“People sometimes think of Macmillan as just a national charity, but for our local fundraising and service teams, our only priority is raising money in Northumberland and North Tyneside, and continuing work with partners locally to give people like Darryl the best cancer care possible.
“Ninety-eight per cent of Macmillan’s income is from public donations.
“With over 19,000 people currently living with cancer in Northumberland and North Tyneside, and that figure set to double by 2030, Macmillan is going to need to keep growing each year to make sure no one has to face cancer alone.
“We have plenty of opportunities to get involved with the local Macmillan fundraising team.
“In 2014, we’re particularly keen to work with more local businesses, whose support can make a real difference in their community.”
Anyone interested in holding or attending a fundraising event, contact Jane on 07809 554959 or email firstname.lastname@example.org