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Marks Spencer Donates 10000 To Macmillan Palliative Care Unit

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Marks & Spencer in Perth has donated £10,000 to Macmillan Cancer Support to help fund a new palliative care unit in the fair city.

Every year employees at the store select a charity which will benefit from their fundraising activities and chose Macmillan Cancer Support after reading an article on the new centre.

Staff raised £7,000 through a variety of activities, including a zip slide across the River Tay and an instore quiz.  This was topped up by an additional £3,000 from M&S head office.

Fiona Fisher, Food Section Manager at M&S in Perth, said: "Everyone in store had heard of the new unit being built by Macmillan Cancer Support and we thought it was deserving of our support.  The charity is getting closer to raising the total required for the unit so we decided to help out with an instore push for funds.

"Everyone got involved in the fundraising with quizzes and bring and buy sales - we even had some very brave staff who were adventurous enough to take a zip slide across the River Tay to raise funds. 

"Cancer is a terrible illness that affects the lives of so many people and can be very difficult to cope with.  Macmillan Cancer Support is a great charity devoted to helping all people affected by the illness."

Neil Kennedy, Macmillan Cancer Support Fundraising Manager for Perth, Kinross and Angus, said: "Macmillan Cancer Support's fundraising team is incredibly grateful to Marks & Spencer in Perth for raising £10,000. This money will help towards our target of raising £3.775 million to fund the specialist palliative care unit at Perth Royal Infirmary.

"Macmillan exists to help improve the lives of people living with cancer and their families and carers. One in three people will get cancer at some point in their lives and we are all affected by it in some way.  M&S can be safe in the knowledge they are helping people in a big way."



For further information on Macmillan Cancer Support, please contact:

Neil Kennedy, Fundraising Manager for Perth Kinross & Angus, T: 01382 226150 nkennedy@macmillan.org.uk



Notes to editors:


Macmillan Cancer Support
The Macmillan Cancer Support £3.775 million to fund a specialist palliative care unit for Perth and Kinross has received fantastic support from across the community.

The new facility, scheduled to open in the winter of next year, will provide expert care for those with cancer and life limiting illnesses.

The unit will be built at Perth Royal Infirmary and provide both in-patient and day care services. The in-patient service will provide symptom control, rehabilitation and terminal care for up to 10 patients.

Every patient will have a separate bedroom and a self-contained flat will enable families to be close to their loved ones. A coffee bar, a multi-faith room and a garden are just some of the features which will enhance a stay in the unit.

The first floor of the unit will be devoted to day care and drop in sessions, and include a hair-dressing salon, a craft room, two therapy rooms, a consultation and treatment room.

Patients will be able to access services including symptom control advice, psychological support, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutrition advice and complimentary therapies.