Helping cancer patients in their darkest hour

Macmillan's Peterlee fundraisers who are doing a fantastic job of fundraising
Macmillan's Peterlee fundraisers who are doing a fantastic job of fundraising

A charity centre is easing the financial burden for scores of people affected by cancer.

The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre in Peterlee gave out 94 grants totalling more than £16,000 last year. It went to people in financial difficulties and to meet expenses associated with their cancer.

But the support did not end there. Staff also took part in Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and raised £706.

Macmillan’s fundraising manager Liz Airey said: “When you’re affected by cancer, having the right kind of information, at the right time, is essential.”

The Peterlee centre has given information about living with cancer to the people of East Durham since 2006.

It includes bereavement support, specialist headwear, and a bra clinic.

Liz added: “People need financial help to cope with the extra costs cancer can bring.

“ They have a benefits advisor in the support centre to advise people what benefits they are entitled to and help them to claim.”

She praised the success of the centre’s “fantastic” coffee morning and urged people to keep up their support.

She added: “We want to make sure no one has to face cancer alone but we can’t do it without the amazing people who fundraise for us.”

The centre, based in the Castledene Shopping Centre, is open from Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm. It is always looking for new volunteers.

Manager Joanne Benson said: “We understand how important it is to keep raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support to help retain and develop our local services.”

To give support, contact Liz on 07801307012 or email lairey@macmillan.org.uk