Many people in the town will sadly be affected by cancer.
Whether that is contracting the disease themselves, or seeing a family loved one or friend suffer from a form of cancer, every person in Hartlepool will have been touched by this terrible illness.
I have written about this before, but it is worth repeating. Advancing forms of medical technology and different treatments and medication has meant a revolution in cancer care and treatment.
About one in three of us will get cancer in our lives, but it has moved in my lifetime from a virtual death sentence to something that for many is treatable, curable and something that can be lived with.
Although those words “you’ve got cancer” from a doctor to a patient are probably the most devastating that anybody will hear, and the fight against cancer is the toughest thing somebody will face, it is the job of all to help those people make life better.
The treatment and care that someone suffering from cancer receives is something which can genuinely make the difference between having a high or poor quality of life.
In this, Macmillan nurses, and the wider Macmillan cancer support campaign, do so much for cancer sufferers and their families.
They provide support that’s not just based on medical grounds but also giving emotional, practical and financial support. As an MP, I have seen at first hand the great campaigns that Macmillan has led to fight for a better cancer care system. Whether it is fighting for free prescriptions, free car parking at hospitals for cancer patients and working for a better deal on fuel poverty or benefits, Macmillan have worked incredibly hard.
Macmillan has set up coffee mornings to highlight their campaigns over the past few years, and tomorrow the charity is hoping to have the world’s biggest coffee morning in support of cancer care and support.
Last week, there was a dress rehearsal at the Belle Vue centre, where Skills Share held a popular and well attended event. The quality of the coffee was fantastic, as was – unfortunately for my waistline – the homemade cakes and scones. I think the many people who attended the event had a good time, great conversation and all for a good cause.
Macmillan says that every mug counts, and that’s certainly true. Last year, 43,000 people up and down the country signed up to hold a coffee morning, with over 2.5 million taking part and in so doing raised over £8m for Macmillan and cancer support.
True to its strong community spirit, Hartlepool is hosting a number of Macmillan coffee mornings tomorrow.
The Rainbow Café in Rossmere Children’s Centre is hosting one, as is Catcote School and St Hilda’s Church.
I really hope that you feel able to pop in, have a cup of coffee, a biscuit and a chat to support the great work that Macmillan does in caring for cancer patients.
I myself will be attending the coffee morning at Barclays Bank, in York Road, and I’m looking forward to supporting this great campaign.
Cancer can be scary and devastate lives.
The care that Macmillan provides helps make life for cancer patients that little bit easier.
I really hope that you can have a nice cuppa and support the campaign.