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Helpline is a vital part of Macmillan’s support service

Raising money at events like the Robin Hood Marathon will help keep services like Macmillan's helpline running
Raising money at events like the Robin Hood Marathon will help keep services like Macmillan's helpline running

In the age of texting, WhatsApp, email and social media, it is perhaps easy to forget the importance of speaking to someone on the phone.

The Macmillan Cancer Support Line began in 2009.

It is the charity’s national helpline and last year alone, more than 156,000 calls were taken.

The team provides financial advice, cancer information, support with welfare benefits advice, work and cancer information – the list goes on.

They provide a great service across the county and are a real source of support for people affected by cancer.

In Nottinghamshire, 957 called the helpline.

Now, imagine that these calls could be from any age group, any background, and not only calls from the patient themselves, but also family members, friends, colleagues, employers, neighbours, healthcare professionals anyone you can imagine.

In May, Macmillan launched its Nottinghamshire campaign to raise £1 million for new cancer support services in the county.

I would love as many people as possible in the area to get behind the campaign to help Macmillan be there for friends, family and colleagues when they need it the most.

There are so many ways you can get involved, like maybe taking part in the Robin Hood Marathon on September 29 and raise sponsorship for Macmillan.

Or, your could do your own event like a cake sale, cycle, quiz night anything.

 If you would like to support Macmillan in Mansfield and Ashfield contact fundraising manager Stacey Smalley on 07809 5549633 or email ssmalley@macmillan.org.uk

 The Macmillan support line is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 8pm .

Call it on 0808 808 0000 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk