Myeloma support group in Lancashire receives donation from Redrow
A local support group for patients and carers affected by the cancer myeloma has received a £250 donation from Redrow.
The West Lancs and Merseyside myeloma support group will use the money towards an annual Christmas lunch outing in Formby attended by 20 myeloma patients and carers from the local area.
Support Group Leader David Simister set up the support group because of his own journey so patients can speak to others who are also going through the same experience.
David said: “I started the West Lancs and Merseyside myeloma support group in late 2014 and we held our first meeting in January 2015. Myeloma is a disease which affects the immune system and, as a result, patients have to undergo a marathon of different courses of treatments which bring their own side effects. Patients and carers can get worn down by the constant round of hospital appointments.
“Our group provides an opportunity to meet others who can provide encouragement and, at the same time, have a bit of fun. Our Christmas social has been very successful in previous years hence why we want to ensure we can continue offering it to patients and carers.”
The group holds monthly meetings in an informal environment for patients and carers to meet others who are similarly affected by the disease. Support group members can find out about what is going on at a local and national level as well as taking part in fundraising events if they wish to do so.
Local groups and charities from the health and social care sectors promote their services at meetings; including, for example, the Bloodbikers who deliver blood to the hospitals patients attend, Macmillan who provide information and a range of support services and Active Sefton who encourage patients to lead a healthy lifestyle.
David says that the group has raised over £15,000 for Myeloma UK since it started.
“Individual family members arrange fundraising events such as participating in the London Virgin Marathon and the Liverpool Rock and Roll Marathon. We’ve also held a jazz afternoon and a musical evening. Also, not forgetting we do receive fantastic support from local companies such as Redrow.”
Lesley Myers, sales manager at our Lancashire division, added: “This fantastic support group provides so much support to patients and their carers during such a crucial time in their lives. Redrow is pleased to support such an important event in the group’s calendar and we wish them the best of luck in all their future work.”
The donation is part of a £5,000 windfall for 10 community groups or good causes in and around the Formby area, close to where Redrow is providing 99 new homes at Sanderling Park. Help has been extended to a mix of schools, sports teams, charities and community based projects all designed to help others.