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Our team members consist of our dedicated full and part-time staff based here at the Southport Macmillan Centre plus our increasing number of enthusiastic volunteers.
Helen worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for deaf children, before joining Macmillan in summer 2014. Her own cancer experience in 2010 changed her priorities in life and she decided that she wanted to support other people affected by cancer. Helen says it is a real privilege to work for Macmillan and to be part of such a special team of staff and volunteers at the centre. She enjoys being able to support cancer patients and their families at such a difficult time in their lives . She also finds it rewarding to see what a diffierence Macmillan's support can make to families and also to have the opportunity to grow and develop the centre further, in order to meet people's needs.
Helen says that she makes a rubbish vicar’s wife because she can’t bake or make jam! For the half of the week when Helen does not work for Macmillan, she runs a charity ‘Firm Roots Cancer Support’, which works in partnership with Macmillan to offer volunteer support in the community to families affected by cancer.
Graeme attended Scarisbrick Hall School and qualified in 1982 at Liverpool Medical School, following which he served at home and overseas in the Royal Army Medical Corps until 1990. He returned to Southport with his family to take up a partnership at Church Street Surgery in Southport which was subsequently merged into St Marks Medical Centre, just a few doors down. During this time Graeme also worked at Southport Hospital in Gynaecology and also for Macmillan and the CCG as a primary care cancer lead. He continues in these latter two posts, having recently retired from General Practice.
Graeme co-founded the Macmillan Cancer Information Centre in 2012, on the basis that such a service needed to be located in the community, and away from the clinical and busy hospital environment. He has been delighted with the way the service has developed and with the positive feedback from patients, carers and health professionals alike. Activities outside of work include fly fishing, working on old land rovers and trying to complete his wife’s job list.
Hi! My name is Julia Fahey and I’m absolutely delighted to have been asked to step into the very big shoes that Sarah filled, as Southport’s new Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Officer. For many years I’ve worked within the tourism industry and feel very privileged to have the opportunity to now follow such a different and rewarding path, helping people to live an enjoyable and fulfilling life despite their illness. Having had cancer myself in the past, I know only too well how important Macmillan’s work is. I live in Southport with my wonderful husband Bill and our scruffy mutt Eddie and am grandma to 2 delightful boys Oliver and Thomas. In my spare time, I enjoy working on our allotment (although I leave it to Bill on inclement days!), gardening, reading and cooking – especially baking so I’ll do Helen’s share!!!!!
Lucy Holmes is our Physical Activity and Wellness Coordinator for Move More Southport and Formby. She had worked as a Development Officer for Sefton Council's Active Lifestyles Programme for a number of years, providing exercise prescription to people for a variety of medical conditions. She is delighted to be working in partnership with Macmillan; specialising in the area of cancer rehabilitation, and to begin supporting people on their cancer recovery journey.
Hello I'm Jill and I joined the centre as a volunteer in June 2013, initially assisting with the 'In Stitches' craft group, but soon helping out in the office too. I am currently responsible for the regular ordering of Macmillan and other Organisations' publications to maintain stock levels in the Information Centre and at the outreach information pods at Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals, Queenscourt Hospice and Sefton Cancer Support Group in Formby
A keen quilter, cross stitcher and embroiderer, I have sewn several items for the Centre. I also enjoy genealogy, paper crafting, upholstery, gardening and looking after my rescue cat, Daisy.
I'm Moira, I am retired after many years in the retail business.
I have been volunteering at the Macmillan centre in Southport for just over 3 years. I undertake any tasks needed from data input to stocktaking and listening to service users who pop in or phone. I am also a walk leader for the Macmillan walking group.
I so enjoy being involved in everything at the Centre. It is just such a great place and has been a huge help and support to so many people.
Hello I’m Doreen and I’m the quiet one (not!). I started volunteering for Macmillan as a fundraising volunteer and since the Centre opened in 2012, have founded and run the Macmillan Craft Group ‘In Stitches’. The group is as much a support group as a craft group and we have formed strong friendships within the group. I am also a Walking Group Leader. Everyone loves the walking group and it’s a great chance to make friends, have a cup of tea afterwards and get some exercise at the same time. I also love coming to the Macmillan Singing Group every other Wednesday – it really gives you a lift.
Being a Macmillan volunteer has transformed my life and gives me a real sense of satisfaction being able to help others affected by cancer, as I have been myself.
I have been volunteering for, or working with the team at the Macmillan Centre, for three years. My background is nursing in Southport and it is a pleasure and privilege to be here to help support people touched by cancer. The focus on health and wellbeing at the centre, and variety of support groups, means there is something here for everyone. In my free time I enjoy visiting family in Australia and walking my two unruly spaniels.
Trish qualified as a counsellor in 2003 and worked as a registered & accredited counsellor on private practice before joining Macmillan. Trish volunteered her services to Macmillan in late 2012 after realising the value of emotional support as part of her own recovery from bowel cancer.
In June 2015, Trish felt very honoured to be asked to help out as an Information & Support Officer on a temporary basis and just recently was awarded the permanent position of Assistant Centre Manager and counsellor.
Trish says, “I feel really privileged to work for Macmillan and to be part of a kind and caring team of staff and volunteers and to be in a position to make a positive difference to the experience of people affected by cancer.”
When she is not working, Trish loves her family, the outdoors, music & dancing, and plays the viola in the Southport Orchestra.
Hello I'm Jean and I help with the walking and singing groups. Both these groups give me the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. I love the chance to be part of two friendly groups, who enjoy spending time together and developing friendships. I have volunteered for just over three years and I enjoy getting involved with all kinds of different things at the Macmillan centre. I like helping out at events such as the Health & Wellbeing Events at Southport Convention Centre, where it's good to meet and chat to people. I also work part time, but it's great to be able to fit in some volunteering time too.
Hello I'm David. I got involved in cancer help around 20 years ago, when my wife was diagnosed with cancer. For the last 17 years I have been involved in Leukemia Care and I used to run Leukemia Care for the North West. I used to meet people who needed financial or emotional support. I currently man the phonelines for Leukemia Care two or three times a week, being a listener, giving information and generally supporting people affected by leukemia. I became a Macmillan volunteer when the centre opened in 2012 and aim to support carers and families. I am here to listen and welcome anyone - family and friends as well as patients affected by cancer. I help at the weekly coffee mornings and also run stalls at events such as Southport Airshow last year, and at the flu clinics around Southport. I have also got a certificate in bereavement counselling. I am happy to help out at the Macmillan Centre any way I can!
Hello I'm Jean and I do lots of stamping and labelling of Macmillan leaflets and I make sure the craft group are happy with cups of tea and coffee. I am also a fundraising volunteer and collect for Macmillan. I also volunteer for Queenscourt Hospice and Galloways (Society for the Blind & Patially Sighted). I thoroughly enjoy volunteering because it keeps me out of mischief! All of the organisations I belong to give me a way to put something back into society and help people in general.
Hello I'm Sheila and I have worked at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals for over 35 years and retired from my position as a Urology Nurse Specialist almost 2 years ago. I miss my job but enjoy volunteering at the Macmillan Centre; at present due to family commitments my time to work as a volunteer is limited.
I enjoy gardening, cooking and spending time with my two grandsons.
Hello I'm Carol and I have been a volunteer at the Macmillan Centre since it was first set up.
I and my husband Tony, lived in Manchester for many years, when I worked at the University, and also we spent ten years living in Australia, but I was born and brought up in Southport. Prior to retirement I was PA to the Macmillan Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care at The Christie in Manchester, and it was this experience, as well as the loss of my older brother and an uncle and cousin to cancer, which inspired me to become involved. As well as helping to keep the database of client contacts up-to-date, I help with various outreach events and thoroughly enjoy my involvement with Macmillan. As my husband Tony sadly has advanced Alzheimer’s disease and is now in a care home, I find the friendship of the Macmillan team a great comfort and can recommend volunteering, for the difference it has made to my life. Later in the year I will be taking part in a new Macmillan initiative as a member of a North West regional forum of Macmillan volunteers.
Hiya I'm Graeme, the mad Irishman! I work for British Airways as Cabin Crew on their long haul fleet. I volunteer for the Macmillan Centre, when I can. I am a facilitator on the HOPE Course, which is fulfilling and challenging at the same time. The HOPE Course is all about offering simple skils and techniques to those affected by cancer, to enable them to move on with their lives. I also help with Macmillan events and I am the eye behind the camera lens at general events.
Hello I'm Phil. I recently joined the Macmillan Volunteer team in 2015 as I hoped to help and support other people who have been diagnosedwith, or affected by cancer.
I have been volunteering and working with the team at the Macmillan Centre for about 3 years. My background is in Civil and Public service. I first became involved with Macmillan after attending one of the Hope courses as a patient. I help to maintain the centre's website keeping it up to date. I am also involved with West Lancs and Merseyside Myeloma Support Group.
I volunteer for two half-days a week, greeting service users at the reception desk, making teas and coffees and helping to keep the centre clean and tidy. I also take part in various events that either raise valuable funding or help and support service users, or raise awareness of the Southport Macmillan Centre.