League of Friends make single largest donation to appeal

League of Friends Bournemouth League of Friends have made the single largest donation to our capital appeal 'Brick by Brick'. We were absolutely thrilled to be presented with a cheque for £110,600.00 towards the costs of building our brand new hospice at Christchurch Hospital.

Lin Sharp, Capital Appeal Director said "We cannot thank the League of Friends enough for their outstanding contribution. Subject to planning consent we hope to start building in January 2020. This generous donation is a massive boost to our appeal and gets us so much closer to the target we need to raise."

Left to right: Barry Wilson (Community & Events Fundraiser) Jen Rotchell (Senior Trusts & Corporate Fundraiser) Lin Sharp (Capital Appeal Director) Neal Williams (Trust Secretary – Macmillan Caring Locally) Rosie Havers, Peter Graham, Doreen Graham, Clive Fawn (League of Friends)

The non-profit hotel where you can take a holiday from your health worries

Daily Mail We are very proud of our hotel The Grove in Bournemouth; a wonderful facility for people with life limiting illnesses to enjoy a holiday by the sea with their families and friends. We were thrilled to welcome representatives from the Daily Mail, who visited to find out what makes The Grove so special. Read all about the non-profit hotel where you can take a holiday from your health worries HERE.

Have a look at our video HERE
You can explore more on our web site HERE

Night Swallowtails by Andrena Yeats

Night Swallowtails "When I first met Andrena she was dealing with her grief in a positive and creative way by composing a series of poems. I was struck by how honest they were, and how they progressed in stages through all aspects of human emotion.

Her vision is that her collection, Night Swallowtails, and the process of its creation will resonate with others going through similar circumstances and help them as it has her.

We are deeply grateful to Andrena for choosing us as one of the charities to benefit from the proceeds of the sale of this book". Neal williams, Trust Secretary, Macmillan Caring Locally.

Night Swallowtails is priced at £8.00. If you would like to purchase a copy please contact Neal on Cover art work by David Downland, Peppercorns Art Gallery.

The Mac Sisters with Blisters

Mac Sisters They have only gone and done it! The Mac Sisters with Blisters (and some Misters) who are a team of nurses and support staff at the Macmillan Unit, have done a 10 mile challenge of runs, swims and bike rides. They have also done bucket collections, had car boot sales and done fundraising events. They are an inspiration to us all as they have raised ...... £19,370.38 for the Brick by Brick Appeal to raise funds for a new Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital.

Our huge thanks to team leader Angie Brooks and her team: Debbie White, Lisa Hawker, Sharon Downer, Jane Martin, Sara Kenyon, Emma Sergeant, Marie Miller, Rachel Easton, Sam Easton, Tracy Ball, Martyn Ball, Michelle Lane, Julian Clements, Lesley Kingsley, Lois Marter, Mary Vigar, Ally Lycett, Jaz Ball, Claire Rogers, Angie Camara, Penny Dennett, Kathryn Skinner and Heather Rogers.

You are all heroes!

Ringwood Music and Drama Society

RMDS The Ringwood Music and Drama Society performed a unique and original show during the summer in aid of Macmillan Caring Locally and The Wessex Cancer Trust. The Summer Show saw the audience divided into groups, who rotated to three different venues around Greyfriars. The performers put on their show three times each night!

Both charities received an amazing £1,200! Thank you to all who attended and the fantastic performers.

Photo courtesy of Juggler Photography: Brian Ford, Trust Treasurer and Lin Sharp, Capital Appeal Director receiving the cheque from the cast during dress rehearsal for the new production of The Vicar of Dibley.

Scarlett's skydive

Scarlett Scarlett Watts has really thrown herself into her fundraising by setting herself three big and very exciting challenges.

She has planned a 15,000 ft skydive, a 10k run and a fancy dress dip in the sea on Christmas morning.

She has completed her run and as you can see from the photo, had loads of fun skydiving. The next challenge is the ice cold sea at Bournemouth on Christmas day for our White Christmas Dip.

You can find out more about her challenges and support Scarlett HERE and if you fancy skydiving or joining us for a charity challenge, call us on 01202 477628.

Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Awards

MCF To celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry, the Masonic Charitable Foundation held a public vote to decide how to spend £3 million of charity funding.

We were thrilled to be one of the shortlisted charities and we are absolutely delighted to announce that we have been awarded a very generous grant of £15,000.

Our sincere thanks to the Masonic Charitable Foundation, all our local Freemasons, and the many many of you who took time to vote for Macmillan Caring Locally.

Follow the link to find out more about the Masonic Charitable Foundation and all the charities it has helped in our community and across the country.

Job Vacancy - added 15/09/17

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our team at the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital Dorset.

We are looking for a Community and Events Fundraiser and an Internal Fundraising Officer to help us raise the remainder of the money needed to build our new Macmillan Unit.

To find out more about these vacancies and to apply, go to the Third Sector web site and the Indeed web site.

Congratulations Carolyn! - added 23/06/17

Carolyn Emsley A Daring Dive from the Chairman’s Wife Raises £6000 for Macmillan Caring Locally - Carolyn Emsley, the wife of Macmillan Caring Locally Chairman Michael Emsley, has braved a sponsored skydive, raising £6000 for the new MCL Unit at Christchurch Hospital.

In support of the recently unveiled plans for a new Macmillan Caring Locally (MCL) Unit at Christchurch Hospital, Carolyn Emsley has braved a sponsored tandem skydive. Carolyn is the wife of Michael Emsley, the Chairman of Macmillan Caring Locally and a former Director and General Manager of the Daily Echo. Jumping into the sky from 10,000 feet and free falling for 30 seconds at around 130mph, Carolyn then parachuted mid-air before landing safely back on earth.

Touching down, Carolyn has raised £6000 for the charity. Going off without a hitch, Carolyn bravely plunged into the skies one week after her Golden wedding anniversary. All her fundraising efforts will now be added to the £5million already reserved for the new MCL building. Having completed her skydive, Carolyn hopes to raise awareness for the charity, which still requires an estimated £4million to complete this major rebuild project.

Macmillan Caring Locally provides enhanced care to patients with advanced, progressive, or incurable illnesses such as cancer. In recent years a huge increase in the number of referrals has seen 581 patients in 2006 grow to 1543 in 2016. It is therefore in desperate need of expansion.

Carolyn Emsley, comments: “I wanted to do something special to support MCL. Despite the fact that my husband is Chairman, I care deeply about the charity and the valuable support it provides to people and their families each year. I was delighted to raise £6000 for this excellent cause and hope my effort will inspire others to complete their own fundraising projects.’’

Michael Emsley, Chairman of Macmillan Caring Locally, comments: “Having a fear of heights, when Carolyn told me she wanted to undertake a sponsored skydive I certainly a little worried to say the least. She has however made me so proud and I am amazed by all the support she has received. Individual fundraising projects such as this make a huge difference at MCL. Whilst we appreciate donations of any size, we appeal to local corporates and organisations to help us reach our £4million target for our new unit.’’

The new building in Christchurch will help to improve the work of Macmillan Caring Locally’s dedicated inpatient nurses, specialist palliative care nurses who visit patients, doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, family support team and the Royal Bournemouth Hospital palliative care team.

If you would like to take to the skies to support our appeal, find out what is involved here

We need your vote!- added 07/06/17

mcf vote We need your vote!

Help us receive a grant of up to £25,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Awards Tercentenary Fund.

Voting is open between 12th June 2017 and 31st July 2017.

It is a very simple process, you click HERE, follow the instructions and vote for Macmillan Caring Locally.


Cabaret Act’s Last-Ever Performance Raises Thousands for Local Cancer Charity.- added 07/06/17

after8 Popular cabaret act, After Eight, reformed for one last time to put on two nights of a special performance in memory of their late pianist, Jean Hancock. Jean, affectionately known as ‘fingers’, died at the end of last year and is greatly missed, not only by After Eight members but by the many other local musical groups with whom she performed.

After Eight Returns took place at Kinson Community Centre last month. Playing to a packed out audience, who were clearly enjoying every moment of the exuberant and colourful performance, the two shows raised £3314.85 for Macmillan Caring Locally.

Cherrill Ashford, one of the organisers of the event and a performer with After Eight, said: “Both evenings were wonderful. The audience at each performance was so warm and responsive. It was a great feeling to all be performing together again. We certainly laughed a lot but it was also tinged with sadness that our beloved “Fingers” wasn’t at her usual place at the piano. Having said that, she would have thoroughly approved of the event and would be delighted at the money we’ve raised for Macmillan Caring Locally.” Jean Hancock had been a long-time supporter of Macmillan Caring Locally. When she herself became ill, the organisation cared for her and gave valuable support to her friends and family.

Neal Williams, Trust Secretary of Macmillan Caring Locally, added: “After Eight Returns was a delightful evening of classic songs, comedy and fabulous costumes. The performers gave it their all and received a rapturous response from the audience. Our warmest thanks to all the performers for giving us such a great evening and for their generous donation. The evening was a wonderful tribute to Jean who will always be remembered as a tireless supporter of Macmillan Caring Locally and a great friend to all of us at the Macmillan Unit.”


blister sisters "We are a team of 21 nurses and support staff based at the Macmillan Unit who have madly volunteered to participate in a 10 mile challenge to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally".


Please sponsor us via our Just Giving page HERE

Sue's JOGLE Challenge - added 25/05/17

Sue's JOGLE Sue Hausberger has completed her latest challenge in aid of the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital. Not content with having completed a variety of cycle challenges including the massive Austria to Christchurch solo cycle, Sue set off again on 1st April from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

Sue lives in Austria and as the weather was not always suitable for outdoor training, Sue spent some time training indoors on an exercise bike.

You can read up about Sue's training preparations, see the route and updates on her challenge on her blog HERE

To support Sue with her fundraising please go to her online sponsorship page HERE

Sue has also written a book called "Daily Pushed to my Limits" about the challenges she faced in her solo cycle ride from Austria to Christchurch. It is available in paperback and e-book from Amazon HERE and the proceeds go to Macmillan Caring Locally.

Thank you to our supporters - added 03/05/17

We are very grateful to the following organisations who have supported us a recent events:
Farmer Palmers
Rock Reef UK
Buy A Gift
Twilo Hairdressing
Hensting Alpacas
Adventure Wonderland
Abbotsbury Children's Farm
Lesley Waters Cookery School
Sally Mackness Art
Thank you for helping us to help others.

The Lions Club of Christchurch Easter Eggs! - added 24/05/17

Lions Chocolate Eggs raise funds for Macmillan Caring Locally:

Christchurch Lions Club supported us again this Easter with their giant Easter egg raffle. We received a wonderful donation of £1000. These beautiful eggs were raffled in the following establishments:

Walkford: The Amberwood, The Walkford
Sopley: The Fisherman's Haunt, The Woolpack Inn, The Lamb Inn
Bransgore: Carpenter's Arms, The Three Tuns
Christchurch: The Thomas Tripp, James and White
Mudeford: The Nelson Tavern
Highcliffe: The Galleon

Thank you to the Lions of Christchurch for their generous support, and to all the local venues who have supported this popular fundraiser.

For more information about the Lions Club of Christchurch, to see the wonderful work they do in the community, and details on how you can join, go to their website HERE

Barolo Charity Dinner - added 01/03/17

Barolo Wow, what an amazing event at Barolo!

We are so grateful to Sam and all his team for putting on a charity dinner in aid of Macmillan Caring Locally. At this sold out event all the takings from the set menu and all the drink sales were donated to the Macmillan Unit - what a generous thing to do!

As if that wasn't enough, the wonderful staff worked for free and donated all their tips!

A huge thank you to Sam and his staff for such a generous gift, and we are so grateful to all who bought tickets to the event and gave so generously.

Thank you all!

For more information about our friends at Barolo and for reservations click HERE

Christchurch Golf Club - added 01/03/17

Christchurch Golf Club With grateful thanks to Christchurch Golf Club for supporting our charity for the year. Both Ian Ebdon (Captain) and Trish Pressley (Ladies Captain) chose to support Macmillan Caring Locally for 2016.

During the course of the year fundraising included a dinner dance, Christmas function, raffles, auctions and club fines.

Our Chairman Mike Emsley pictured on the right was invited to their AGM and was delighted to receive a cheque from Captain Ian Ebdon (pictured on the left) for a fantastic £4550.00.

Mike thanked all the members present for their enthusiastic support and generosity, and he updated them on our latest news and plans for the future.

The Lions Club of Christchurch - added 15/02/17

Lions Chocolate Eggs raise funds for Macmillan Caring Locally: In the run up to Easter 2016, Christchurch Lions raffled 12 large Easter Eggs to raise funds for the Macmillan Caring Locally unit at Christchurch Hospital and a presentation was held at the unit when Lions Club members handed over a cheque for £1,000. Club President, Bernard Gilbert, said:
"The Lions were very pleased to support the Unit because of all the wonderful work that they do and we offer our thanks to all the local pubs who promoted the sale of raffle tickets to their customers".

We are delighted to have the support of The Lions Club of Christchurch, and thrilled that they are supporting us with this clever fundraising idea again this year. Keep an eye out for the giant Easter eggs in our local pubs.

For more information about the Lions Club of Christchurch, to see the wonderful work they do in the community, and details on how you can join, go to their website HERE

Go Carolyn! - added 08/02/17

Carolyn Emsley On 8th April 2017 Carolyn Emsley (pictured here with her husband Mike Emsley, Chairman of Macmillan Caring Locally) will be doing a charity skydive to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Carolyn is doing this brave challenge to start off the capital appeal raising funds for the building of a new Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital.

You can support Carolyn here, and if you would like to take to the skies to support our appeal, find out what is involved here

Mike says "It is my privilege to be Chairman of Macmillan Caring Locally which is based in the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital. We shall shortly be launching an appeal to raise £4 million to add to the £5 million we have in reserves to rebuild the Unit at a cost of around £9million. My wife Carolyn has bravely volunteered to skydive to kickstart fundraising for the appeal. We don't anticipate Carolyn alone raising £4million and donations of any size will be appreciated".

Bournemouth Hotelier is Named Southwest’s Tourism Hero - added 08/02/17

Brenden Howard Brenden Howard, The Manager of The Grove Hotel in Bournemouth has recently been named ‘Unsung Hero’ at a prestigious regional awards ceremony. Taking place at the Ashgate Stadium in Bristol, Brenden was presented with the Gold Unsung Hero Award at the Southwest Tourism Awards 2017. Brenden Howard is the General Manager of our hotel The Grove, the first hotel in the UK to cater exclusively for those with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, along with their families and carers.

Recognising outstanding businesses and individuals, The Southwest Tourism Awards bring people together from across the Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and Somerset tourism industries. Judges at the awards recognised Brenden’s commitment to providing the very best customer service to those with cancer, which has enabled them to have a relaxing and memorable holiday experience despite their life-limiting illnesses. A major figure in the success of the not-for-profit establishment, Brenden Howard has worked as the General Manager of The Grove since its doors first opened in 2011.

Brenden Howard, comments: “It's an absolute honour to receive this award. I would like to thank everyone for their kind words and congratulations. I would also like to mention all the compassionate and hardworking staff who have contributed to our success. Without you, none of this would be possible.’’

Charity Fundraiser Receives Prime Minister’s Recognition - added 18/01/17

Tommy Baker (pictured L to R: Neal Williams, Trust Secretary, Lin Sharp, Capital Appeal Director, Tommy Baker, one of the founders of the Macmillan White Christmas Dip , Geraldine Staples, P.A. to the Trust Secretary)

10 Downing Street has presented the Points of Light Award to Bournemouth resident Tommy Baker along with a personal message from the PM. In 2008, Tom Baker started The White Christmas Dip to bring his family together when his uncle was diagnosed with cancer. Now in its 10th year, the charity event attracts over 750 swimmers and 2,000 spectators on Christmas Day each year. To date, it has raised over £100,000 for our charity.

The Points of Light Award recognises outstanding individual volunteers and people who are making a change in their community. Every weekday, the Prime Minister recognises an inspirational volunteer with the Daily Points of Light award. Tommy has received the award along with a personal letter from the Prime Minister. In a personal letter to Tommy, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “The ‘White Christmas Dip’ you organise is a fun and festive way of raising money and awareness for an important local charity. By sharing your family’s Christmas Day tradition, you are helping Macmillan Caring Locally continue to help those who are suffering from cancer and other terminal diseases while supporting their families too.”

Tommy Baker, Founder of the Macmillan White Christmas Dip commented: “I am both amazed and humbled to be receiving this award! I enjoy organising the Macmillan White Christmas Dip so much that I no longer see it as volunteering as it’s become such an important part of my Christmas Day. The event wouldn’t be the size it is today without the team of volunteers who tirelessly work with me throughout the year to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Over the years, we have raised more than £100,000 for Macmillan Caring Locally and see no reason why this won’t continue to grow so that we can continue to give vital funds to the terminally ill in our area.”

We are absolutely delighted Tommy has received a Points of Light Award, it is richly deserved. He and his family started the Macmillan White Christmas Dip in 2008 and Tommy has been the driving force behind it. His dedication and enthusiasm have grown it to the size it is today, our largest annual charity event supporting patients in our community who need specialist palliative care.

Bracken Archers hit fundraising target! - added 11/01/17

Bracken Company of Archers The Bracken Company of Archers has donated an amazing £1,300.00 to Macmillan Caring Locally raised from their annual event ‘The Amanda Shoot’. The ‘Amanda Shoot’ was set up in 2014 in memory of the club's current Chairman's daughter, who received wonderful care and support from the charity. Since it started, the event has grown from a small competition amongst local clubs to one which draws Archers from across the South. This year, ‘The Amanda Shoot’ included a new ‘Have A Go’ feature. Anyone, from tiny tots to teenagers and grandparents, was encouraged to try out their Robin Hood skills.

Arthur Budd, immediate Past Chairman of the club, said: “We’re really pleased to be supporting Macmillan Caring Locally and delighted that we have been able to give this donation from The Amanda Shoot. Several of our members and their families have been affected by cancer and received help from this great charity.” The Bracken Company of Archers, based in Cranborne, has about 100 members. Arthur joined in 2011 as a complete beginner when, he, himself, was recovering from prostate cancer. He needed an activity that would get him outside and help rebuild his strength. He thought he’d give archery a go. From the first time he picked up a bow, he was hooked.

Arthur continues: “Archery’s a great sport and very accessible. It really is suitable for all ages – whole families can join and take part together. The Bracken Company of Archers is very friendly and there’s always something going on. We run events throughout the year and we do support several other charities but Macmillan Caring Locally is, and will continue to be, our main beneficiary.” Plans for next year’s Amanda Shoot are already underway but, at the wishes of her father, from 2017, it will be known as the Macmillan Local Shoot.

Neal Williams, Trust Secretary of Macmillan Caring Locally, said: “We really value the long-standing support of the Bracken Company of Archers and are honoured that they are renaming this brilliant event as the Macmillan Local Shoot. We want to say a massive thank you to their members and all who took part this year. Their much-needed and generous donation will help us to keep providing excellent care to our patients.”

Highcliffe Charity Players donate £3,000 to support five worthy causes - added 11/01/17

Highcliffe Charity Players Award-winning local amateur theatre group Highcliffe Charity Players has donated £3,000 to support five worthy causes - £1,000 to Macmillan Caring Locally, £500 to Kezia Needham who is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania for Meningitis Research Foundation, £500 to Elle Paskins for the Ella Turner Support Fund, £500 to support Matthew Smith’s London Marathon bid for Make-A-Wish UK and £500 to John Gayler for his forthcoming Jurassic Coast Mighty Hike in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The cheques were presented by HCP Chairman Georgina Smith at St Mark’s Hall, Highcliffe, during a break in rehearsals for the Company’s forthcoming annual pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Regent Centre in January. Said Georgina: “This is the best night of our year – the night that makes all our hard work worthwhile. Charity Players are so lucky that we get to do a hobby we love whilst raising money for worthwhile charities. And as there are several people connected with our Society who have charities or challenges they are facing close to their hearts this year, it seemed fitting to support them all.”

£1,000 was presented to Dr Michael Penn, a Trustee of Macmillan Caring Locally, £800 of which was raised through a raffle at the Company’s last show, and £200 was given by Tracy Ruck, the mother of HCP member Hayley. Said Hayley: “I lost my Nan to cancer last year, so Mum wanted to top up the amount by £200 in her memory.” Receiving the £1,000 cheque, Dr Penn commented: “I am delighted to accept this donation for Macmillan Caring Locally. We are a small, independent local charity which built and helps the NHS support the Macmillan Unit, a specialist palliative care ward at Christchurch Hospital. Other areas we support include a local Day Centre and 12 Specialist Palliative Care Sisters who look after up to 350 patients living at home in our local community.”

The Players will also be giving hundreds of pounds worth of free tickets for their panto to deserving local groups.

HCP’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs at the Regent Centre, Christchurch, over ten performances from 21st to 28th January 2017 and as usual, all profits from the panto will be donated to local and national causes. In their 46 year history, the Players have donated more than £100,000 to charity.

Macmillan Comedy night - added 11/01/17

Gagshow Thanks to Dave Fitzgerald and The for putting on our first ever charity comedy night featuring Scott Charlton, Matt Black and Danny Posthill (pictured left). An event such as this involves a lot of work in organisation, and support from local businesses. We are very grateful to Dave for all the energy he put in to making the evening such a success, and to all the comedians for entertaining us. We would also like to thank the businesses and individuals who sponsored the event and provided raffle prizes.

The Boathouse
The Lord Bute
The Kings Arms
The Escape room
Dudsbury Spa
Katfish Charters
Tony Hairdressing

Sky High Fundraising - added 16/11/16

Rio Sky Dive On 14th May, our intrepid Health Care Assistant, Rio, and her two friends, Danielle Stevens and Kingsley White, braved a sponsored charity tandem skydive at Old Sarum in Salisbury, jumping from a breath-taking 15,000ft We sat down with Rio to talk about the skydive and her fundraising efforts.

MCL: Hi Rio! Firstly, a massive thank you to you and your dedicated friends for taking the plunge and raising a great amount of money for Macmillan Caring Locally. What inspired you and the gang to do this?

Rio: As a health care assistant, I form a really close bond with our patients. Helping them in day-to-day situations such as eating, washing and other general care, you get to know one another very well. There was a poster where we hold our lunches in the ward which was advertising skydiving for charity. Every lunch this poster seemed to be calling to me. I have always been a bit of an ‘adrenaline junkie’, so, one day, I finally decided to go for it. I was able to convince two of my best friends to do it with me which was amazing. Massive thanks to both Kingsley and Danielle for joining me.

MCL: Brilliant! As an ‘adrenaline junkie’ I guess it must have been very exciting. Were you scared at all?

Rio: Yes, it was so tense when we were waiting to go up although I was so excited too. I had lots of family and friends with me on the day so that was good for taking my mind off it as I waited.

MCL: That’s fantastic. It sounds like your family were a great support. Did you have support from everyone at the unit too?

Rio: Yes, the guys at the unit were great - although lots of the team said I was mad! However, almost everyone on the ward donated. I really appreciated that.

MCL: Now, the big question… what was the jump like?

Rio: Absolutely amazing!! I was the first out the plane and had a huge amount of adrenaline when we left the plane and plunged into the air. In my training, they had said to make sure I kept my head back so I could see the plane – that was probably the strangest bit as I could see it disappearing above me. We were free-falling for about a minute which was just incredible! I can feel the adrenaline start to build just talking about it. Once the parachute deployed we then started doing tricks and spinning which was really fun. My instructor also put the toggles in my hands so I could have a go – that was awesome.

MCL: That sounds fantastic… though I’m not sure I could do it personally! What was it like when you landed?

Rio: I was absolutely buzzing! I could not stop smiling. The adrenaline lasted for weeks. We had a big celebration with all my family and friends after the skydive and I couldn’t stop talking about what I had done! It really is a feeling like no other. I would 100% recommend it to anyone else who is thinking about doing a skydive for Macmillan Caring Locally.

MCL: Excellent! Thank you again, Rio. Hopefully your daring skydive adventure will inspire lots more people who are thinking about fundraising.

Tee Time: Golfers Raise £1300 on a Sunny September Sunday - added 19/10/16

Colin Bushell Charity Golf Day For the past 7 years, Colin Bushell has been running a golf fundraising event for charities in the local area. Aware of the service we provide to the community and with a family who had been affected by cancer, Colin aimed to donate 50% of all money raised at the 2016 event to Macmillan Caring Locally.

Arriving at Playgolf Bournemouth Golf Club on Sunday 11th September, the 48 eager participants were lucky to have beautiful clear skies and warm weather, especially as it had been a very wet weekend until then. Starting at 10am, players were divided into two teams and assigned their colours before taking part in the competition. Of the participants, 24 were from the local Playgolf Bournemouth Club and 24 were from Colourstone Golf Society. This provided plenty of good-natured rivalry, throughout the day!

With individuals and local businesses making generous donations, the event proved highly successful. Sponsors included Adjoe Gas and Fireplaces, Dorset Home Improvements, J Ts Blinds, Red Cherry Catering, 19th Hole at Christchurch Golf Club, Stable Precision Ltd, Nina Gallicchio, Terry Newman, A & J Brickwork, Darryl Osbourne, Norman Grindley, Michael at Clubhouse Golf, Colin Bushell and Caroline Lockyer. Following a great day of golf, they raised a total of £1300 for the Macmillan Unit.

We are very grateful to all the sponsors and to Colin for all his hard work in organising these golf days over the years.

Volunteers in the news - added 27/06/16

Have a look at a recent article in the Echo about our wonderful team of volunteers here

If you would like to join our volunteer team or find out more about volunteering opportunities click here

Job Vacancy - added 04/06/16

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our team at the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital Dorset.

We are looking for a Capital Appeal Manager to help us raise the remainder of the money needed to build our new Macmillan Unit.

To find out more about this vacancy and to apply go to the Charisma Recruitment web site

New riser recliner chair for Macmillan Unit - added 23/03/16

JP Morgan donation ‘Macmillan Caring Locally’ is a Charitable Trust operating from offices in the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital, which provides funding to enhance specialist palliative care, and to provide an attractive, homely environment for patients, their families and visitors. They have just taken delivery of a new recliner chair thanks to a donation from a local business.

“It really is the next generation of chair and will be used by patients and their family members,” says Neal Williams, Trust Secretary. “Primarily it is for patients to have by the side of their bed but it is comfortable enough for any family member who may wish to stay overnight to actually get a good night’s sleep so it is very much a dual purpose chair.”

There is a standard ‘shell’ but it is then customised as required. It is upholstered with multi way stretch fabric to enhance comfort and pressure care. The size of the wheels make it is very easy to move around and the handle on the back makes it simple to steer and manoeuvre which is great for the nurses. The hand held control allows for the position of the chair to be altered in a safe and secure manner. “As some of our recliner chairs have become rather old it is wonderful to be able to purchase this type of state of the art replacement which the donation from J.P. Morgan has enabled us to do,” says Neal. “As with most bespoke items it requires a not insignificant amount of money and we are very grateful for the continued support we receive.”

Maria Standen, a member of the J.P. Morgan Community Relations Committee commented. “We are delighted to have been able to help in this way.” (J.P. Morgan employs 4,000 people at its technology and operations centre in Bournemouth and has a strong history of community engagement).

Ferndown Golf Club - added 23/03/16

Ferndown Golf It was wonderful to have been selected as one of the charity partners of Ferndown Golf Club by both the men's and ladies captain.

John Russell and Ruth Thrussel invited us to attend the charity presentation following the Alliss Invitation Charity Golf Day. We were thrilled to receive a donation of £9682.00.

We would like to thank John, Ruth and all the members and staff of Ferndown Golf Club for supporting Macmillan Caring Locally through the year, and giving so generously.

Christchurch U3A Vintage Brass and Christchurch U3A Singers. - added 23/03/16

U3A Vintage Brass We were delighted to be invited to attend a concert presented by Christchurch U3A Vintage Brass and Christchurch U3A Singers at All Saints Church Southbourne.

This sold out performance in memory of Natalie Killeen included guest players Liquorice Clarinet Quartet.

The evening included a variety of numbers such as Rivers of Babylon, Amazing Grace and Love Changes Everything.

Before the finale, a moving rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone, Natalie's husband Steve presented Neal Williams Trust Secretary of Macmillan Caring Locally, with a cheque for £1,000. Neal thanked the audience and all the performers for their generosity and gave examples of how the charity supports the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital and patients in our local community.

U3A Vintage Brass

Braving the seas, fundraisers reach £100,000 milestone for charity - added 09/03/16

- Daring local charity fundraisers are celebrating a landmark £100,000 raised in total for Macmillan Caring Locally through the annual ‘Macmillan White Christmas Dip’.

Encouraging people to brave icy seas on Christmas Day, the Macmillan White Christmas Dip has now succeeded in raising a total of £100,000 for Macmillan Caring Locally since the fundraising event's conception in 2008. The Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital provides specialist palliative care for cancer patients in South East Dorset and South West Hampshire. Last December over 750 people gathered to take part in the annual fundraising event.

Sponsored to take a plunge into the chilly seas at Boscombe beach on Christmas day, growing year on year, in 2015 supporters succeeded in raising £35,000 on behalf of the charity. This has taken the total raised for the charity over the last 8 years past the £100,000 mark. Run by the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Macmillan Unit supports those who are suffering from cancer and other life threatening illnesses and provides help and support for the whole family.

Tom Baker, founder of the Macmillan White Christmas Dip has commented: “It’s incredible to celebrate a total of £100,000 raised for Macmillan Caring Locally. The charity relies on donations to keep going and we are very pleased to be a significant fundraiser, allowing for continued and quality care for people in our local community. Without the help of the volunteers there is no way we would be raising the sums we do every year. I would like to thank everyone who was involved and look forward to another highly successful event later this year.”

Neal Williams, Trust Secretary of Macmillan Caring Locally also comments: “Tom is one of the founders of the event and has been the driving force behind it since day one – the event wouldn’t be where it is today without his leadership. I would like to congratulate Tom and his family on this amazing achievement, and offer our sincere gratitude on behalf of our patients and their families.”

Going into its ninth year, the event provides an excellent opportunity for the local community to get together and raise money for a good cause. Planning for the next event in 2016 the charity will be expecting to reach the target of 1000 dippers, making it the most popular Macmillan White Christmas Dip to date.

Job Vacancy - added 18/01/16

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our small, friendly team at the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital Dorset.

We are looking for an Administrative Assistant to help us in our charity office for two days a week.

To find out more about this vacancy you can download the application instructions HERE

Hotelier's day in a wheelchair to highlight plight of the disabled. - added 05/10/15

Marsham Court HOTELIER Rosie Wallace has spent a day in a wheelchair to highlight the difficulties faced by disabled guests. Rosie and her family have owned the Marsham Court Hotel in Russell-Cotes Road, Bournemouth, for 28 years. But in the last 12 months Rosie's mother Jennie Deavin has had to step back from the business due to cancer. Rosie said: "My mum's deteriorating health and the fact she is now restricted to a wheelchair prompted me to spend a working day facing the challenges that wheelchair users face every day. "I wanted to raise awareness of this issue so that businesses like mine can make more considered decisions about accessibility for their disabled guests. "I also wanted to use the day to raise money for local cancer care providers like Macmillan Caring Locally, which has helped my family to source equipment for the rooms we have had to adapt for mum at the hotel."

During her day in a wheelchair, Rosie attempted to do everything she would normally do from 8.30am through to 4.30pm, including staff meetings, room inspections and breakfast and dinner service. She said: "We have made a variety of adaptations at the Marsham Court, including adapted guest rooms with wet rooms, an orange door tag system for disabled guests to make staff aware that they are in their rooms, a lowered reception desk and more disabled parking bays. "Despite this I found there are some areas of the hotel which are impossible to access if you are in a wheelchair. "We are now planning to address this and to create more accessible rooms for the future."

Rosie also asked her friends and business contacts to sponsor her attempt to work in a wheelchair and has so far raised £1047.12 which will go to Macmillan Caring Locally, a small local charity which supports the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital. Neal Williams, Trust Secretary of Macmillan Caring Locally said: "We support the Macmillan Unit's 16 in-patient beds, a 15 person Day Centre, nine Macmillan Nurses who look after up to 350 patients living at home in our local community, and three Macmillan Nurses who support patients at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. "Our charity has been supporting the Macmillan Unit for 40 years but none of it would have been possible without the generous support of the local community and people like Rosie. "Her day in a wheelchair has highlighted how difficult life is when you are disabled or sick and her kind donation will be used to fund the work of the Rehabilitation Team, which is helping people like her mum Jennie."

Sally Mackness, contemporary British artist - added 03/10/15

Sally Mackness Lovett International Estate & Letting Agent & local Artist Sally Mackness have joined forces to offer 31 of Sally’s original ‘Pink Flower Pop’ paintings. During the month of October 2015, you have a chance to purchase a different painting each day.

31 of them will be priced at £100 and one special canvas will be considerably bigger and Lovetts will be accepting bids for. Every penny spent will be going to Macmillan Caring Locally. Please feel free to pop into Lovett’s Christchurch office on the High Street during October & reserve your favourite painting.

We would like to thank Lovett International for supporting us and Sally for her generosity.

New Trustee - added 08/06/15

Keith Wilkinson Keith Wilkinson joins the Board of Trustees of Macmillan Caring Locally.

Keith has been supporting Macmillan Caring Locally since 2010 after he heard of the help given to his friend's mother. In memory of her, Keith took on a challenge to cycle across the Andes and Amazon. Keith funded the trip himself and hosted a number of events to raise as much as possible for the charity. Since then Keith has supported the charity by running the London Marathon (& several fun runs), working in a children's home in Nepal and he is now planning a SkyDive.

We are delighted that Keith has joined the Board, and look forward to working with him in the future.

24Lies - added 24/04/15

24Lies - "Film is 24 lies per second in the service of truth, or at the service of the attempt to find the truth" - Michael Haneke.

Will Whiting and Kevin Hastings of 24Lies donated their time and creativity to produce a video for Macmillan Caring Locally. We are thrilled with the result and very grateful to them for this inspiring piece of film.

To find out more about 24Lies go here

To watch the video go here

RSSG The Royal Society of St. George - added 01/04/15

RSSG We are delighted that RSSG The Royal Society of St. George have chosen Macmillan Caring Locally as their charity of the year.

There will be a series of events throughout the year, culminating in a charity ball in October. Details of these events will appear on our events page.

The Royal Society of St. George was founded in 1894 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1963. It is a non -profit organisation with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as patron. The Royal Society of St. George – East Dorset Branch, which is one of the many branches associated with the National Society, held its inaugural meeting on 6th October 2011 at which time the branch byelaws and aims were approved. RSSG is a cultural and not a political group with membership opened to all who love England and feel English regardless of their personal heritage.

Christchurch Emporium opens for business - added 01/04/15

Emporium We are very grateful to the Christchurch Emporium who have given us a charity shop within their new shopping experience in Christchurch Dorset. We don't have any charity shops, so this opportunity in our local town is amazing.

The Christchurch Emporium is opening its doors on 18th April 2015, and we need your help. We are looking for items for our new shop such as clothes (washed and ironed), bags, hats, jackets, vintage or antique china & home accessories (no electrical items). Items for our shop can be delivered to The Emporium on Bridge Street, Christchurch Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 17.00. If you have any questions regarding donating to our shop please call us on 01202 477628.

Hoburne Holiday Parks - added 14/01/15

Hoburne Christchurch Hoburne Holiday Park at Christchurch chose Macmillan Caring Locally for their 2014 charity of the year. A series of events and fundraising activities were held during the year.

The Macmillan Unit Volunteers had a very enjoyable Christmas lunch in the function room at Hoburne Christchurch, and were very well looked after by the whole team at Hoburne. There was a surprise at the end of the meal when staff from Hoburne presented Macmillan Caring Locally with a cheque for the total of their fundraising of £2550.00. It was also announced that Hoburne have chosen to support our charity for 2015 as well.

We would like to thank the team at Hoburne for raising this amazing amount, and for choosing to support the Macmillan Unit for another year.

Dudsbury Golf Club Ladies Section - added 14/01/15

Dudsbury Golf Club Ladies Section With grateful thanks to Marion Andersen, Ladies Captain of Dudsbury Golf Club Ladies Section; for choosing Macmillan Caring Locally as their charity of the year for 2014.

Neal Williams (Trust Secretary of Macmillan Caring Locally) was invited to the Ladies Section AGM to receive a cheque for the total fundraising for the year. Neal had no idea how much had been raised prior to being handed the cheque, and as can be seen from the look of delight, he received donations totalling £5476.72.

We would like to offer our sincere thanks to Marion and all the Ladies Section for running events and raffles through the year, culminating in this very generous donation.

Frettens Solicitors - added 31/12/14

Frettens We are delighted to have been chosen as the charity of the year 2015 by Frettens Solicitors.

Frettens is a firm of solicitors in the Christchurch and New Forest area, advising clients on all legal issues for their business as well as their personal lives. The team at Frettens take a friendly, proactive and modern approach to their advice.

We look forward to working with the team at Frettens, and extend our grateful thanks for their support.

For more information about Frettens, please go here

MACMILLAN WHITE CHRISTMAS DIP 2014 MWCD2014 - added 31/12/14

Macmillan White Christmas Dip 2014 The 7th Macmillan White Christmas Dip took place on Christmas morning at Boscombe Pier Bournemouth and attracted record participants and spectators. Sponsorships and donations are still coming in but we are quietly confident of reaching our target of £35,000 raised for the Macmillan Unit, thanks to the generosity of our supporters.

We are very grateful to Tommy Baker, John White, their family and friends for starting this amazing event back in 2008, and for their enthusiastic support each year. This event has exceeded everyone's expectations.

To see the history of the Dip, along with photos, videos, press coverage and registration information for MWCD 2015, please go here


We are delighted to announce that the 12th Sarah Green Golf Tournament raised £5,350.00 taking the grand total raised for the Macmillan Unit to £61,700.00. Our grateful thanks to the Rogers family and their friends for their outstanding support over the years. For more information about this popular event go here

RIDE FOR A REASON 2014 - added 24/09/14

Come and join our charity bike ride on the prom at Bournemouth on 28th September 2014, supported by Boscombe and Southbourne Rotary. Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.

Our latest newsletter - added 1/05/14

NEWSLETTER Download our latest newsletter in pdf format by clicking the link. If you would like to be on our newsletter mailing list by post or email, please do get in touch.

Support for local palliative services - added 1/05/14

As part of our commitment to support and improve end of life care in our community, we have funded two new posts. Our press release can be seen here.

Barton on Sea Ladies golf - added 11/10/13

Barton on Sea Ladies GolfJacqueline Taylor, Captain of Barton on Sea Ladies Golf, chose Macmillan Caring Locally as her charity of the year this year.

The ladies held very successful coffee mornings and fayres at the Club throughout the year.

At their A.G.M. on 25th September, Jaqueline made a presentation of the funds raised throughout the year to Neal Williams, Trust Secretary of Macmillan Caring Locally. Neal was delighted to receive a cheque for £11,004.89 and thanked Jacqueline and the ladies for all their hard work and for raising such a large amount for the Macmillan Unit.

In the photograph is Jacqueline Taylor and Neal Williams. In the background you can see the mist rolling in from the sea, obscuring views of the Isle of Wight.

Wave of Drums - added 19/09/13

Wave of Drums charity eventJoe Musker recently organised a very successful charity event for Macmillan Caring Locally.

On Saturday 7th September at the Youth Centre on Winton Recreation ground, a Wave of Drums took place. This is a drum marathon with continuous drumming all day raising money for charity.

This was a synchronised event that was taking place at several locations across the country, all raising money for cancer charities.

As well as the drums there were other musicians on hand playing guitar, bass, bongos and electric harmonica.

Thank you to everyone who took part, and all who gave so generously.

Golf Day raises cash for special Macmillan Unit - added 10/09/13

Dudsbury Golf ClubA special charity golf event raised more than £3,200 for Macmillan Caring Locally. The 'longest day' challenge was in memory of golfer Steve Powell, a member of Dudsbury Golf Club and saw all the teams play four rounds of golf in one day.

Steve, who lost his battle with cancer in December 2011, had been cared for by the Macmillan Unit. Steve's wife Jeni said "Steve was diagnosed with late stage oesophageal cancer around October 2011 which came as a huge shock to us all as he had seemed in good health. He was admitted to the Macmillan Unit in December and I remember him saying that he felt 'safe and secure' there - he used to call the staff 'his angels' - and I must say that the care and support provided by the unit is literally a godsend."

"They not only helped Steve, but also all of his family and friends to get through an extremely traumatic time. Words cannot express our appreciation."

120 km Cycle Race - added 09/09/13

Richard Gittins and Mark Watson are taking part in the VTT 120 km mountain bike race which starts in Huelgoat France on Sunday 15th September.

Richard and Mark are doing this to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally in memory of Richard's Dad Dennis Gittins who passed away at the Macmillan Unit twelve years ago.

To support Richard and Mark on their epic challenge go here

Sponsored Cycle Ride - added 09/07/13

Prom Cycle RideWe are very grateful to President Brian Smith and members of the Boscombe and Southbourne Rotary Club for organising the first Sponsored Cycle Ride for Macmillan Caring Locally.

The event takes place on Sunday 22nd September 2013 at 10.30 a.m. Participants are required to go to Solent Beach car park, Southbourne Coast Road near Hengistbury Head at 10.00 a.m. to have a free cycle check courtesy of Halfords. This picturesque ride goes from Hengistbury Head along the Prom. You can choose to do a ride that is 6k, 10k, 15k, 20k or 24k.

Entry fee is £7.50 for adults, and under 16s are free. Come and join us at this fun family event, cycling along the Prom. To enter download the REGISTRATION FORM HERE

Chocolate Eggs raise funds for Macmillan Caring Locally - added 30/05/13

Lions Club donationIn the run up to Easter, Christchurch Lions raffled 12 large Easter Eggs to raise funds for Macmillan Caring Locally at Christchurch Hospital and a presentation was held at the unit recently when Lions club members handed over a cheque for £1,000.

Lions Club President, Lorraine Kenyon, said that the Lions were very pleased to support the Unit for all the wonderful work that they do and also expressed her thanks to the local pubs and Stewart's Garden Centre who had promoted the sale of raffle tickets.

Neal Williams, the Trust Secretary, thanked the Lions and explained that Macmillan Caring Locally is an independent local charity and not to be confused with the national organisation with a similar name.

Fire Engine Pull - added 30/05/13

Fire engine pullLesley Frampton (pictured front, leading the pull) organised a Fire Engine Pull in aid of Macmillan Caring Locally at Merrifield Park in Bransgore. Teams of supporters worked together to see how fast they could pull a fire engine over a fixed distance. The event, opened by the Mayor of Christchurch included stalls, face painting, music, vintage fire engines, support vehicle displays and a barbecue.

To date this successful event has raised over £3,600.00.

We would like to thank Lesley and all her volunteers for all their hard work. We would like to thank Keith Allgood from Wessex Fire and Rescue Services Ltd. for providing all the appliances, manpower and the site for the day. We would also like to thank Burton Scouts for providing the delicious barbecue.

Head Shave for Macmillan - added 24/04/13

Head ShaveThis is Dan from The Grange School, we think he's amazing. We'll let you know why he did what he did in his own words.

"Hi, I am Daniel Tofangsazan and I shaved my hair for Macmillan Caring Locally. I had a friend whose father died of cancer of the throat and I have not seen him since as he had to move away with his mum. I always looked at charities and thought, "I can't donate enough money to make a difference", but due to my school I came into contact with Macmillan Caring Locally. I wanted to donate but I didn’t believe I could make a difference and never could if I didn’t have any help. I decided that as my hair was getting way out of control I should see how many people would sponsor me to shave my head bald. A couple of weeks later I had £800 to give and one chilly head!"

Thanks Dan, you did make a difference, we have used your money to buy a Spirometer, a vital piece of equipment for the Macmillan Unit.

Caption: The event took place at the new salon at the Grange School. We are very grateful to Emma from 'Chop' in Southbourne for shaving Dan's head.

Incy Wincy Spider - added 26/03/13

ComadMacmillan Caring Locally volunteers provided the catering for Colehill Music and Drama’s (CoMaD) pantomime Incy Wincy Spider, on February 1st to 3rd, raising nearly £200. In addition, CoMaD gave a further grant to Macmillan from the panto profits to make the total up to £500.

Incy Wincy Spider was a new story written by its director, Rachel Leggett, but followed a familiar panto format – princess cursed by wicked witch Manata, to blackmail her mother the queen into handing over her kingdom. A collection of unlikely heroes – Dame Bunk-Up, Gramps, Daisy, Captain Jack Marrow & local yokels Curds and Whey then have to find the good witch Verity in order to break the curse and restore the princess. After many adventures Verity is found in Emerald Valley, Manata is defeated and everyone lives happily ever after.

CoMaD’s panto was well reviewed in the Stour and Avon Magazine on February 8th, which complimented many members of the cast and commented that “CoMaD are never afraid to tackle something different for their annual panto.” which “members of the cast had clearly worked hard to produce.”

Photo caption: Members of the cast (l to r) Lisa Willis (Verity), Alice Behling (Jack), KD Johnson (Dame), Sean Pestell, Laila Burgess (Incy Wincy), Meg Selby (Daisy), Hilary Motson (Manata) and Bob Tyler (Gramps).

Bournemouth University Bucket List - added 26/03/13

Food FestivalSecond year Bournemouth University Events Management Students recently held a very successful event at the University to raise awareness of Macmillan Caring Locally. Their event was entitled Bournemouth University Bucket List, and the aim was to encourage students to talk openly about things that they want to achieve before they leave University; and to help them set targets and achieve them.

Bucket List Beer mats were placed around the Student Union asking students to make their list. These were collated and the most popular ambitions were made into a poster giveaway for event day. Amongst the most popular choices were ‘skydive’, ‘watch a sunset’ and ‘try a new extreme sport’. The Event Management Students talked to many students at their stand on the day, and were able to provide information on how to achieve some of the many Bucket List ideas. During this dialogue students were made aware of Macmillan Caring Locally and the care the organisation provides in the community.

Feedback from the event was very positive, and we would like to thank the BU Bucket List Team for their hard work. We would also like to thank the companies who sponsored the event so generously.

Beach Break Live
Salsa Explosion
LoLa Lo
BU Student Union
Experience Days
Frieda’s Tearoom
Indulge Yourself

Christchurch Food Festival 2013 - added 20/02/13

Food FestivalWe are excited to report that Christchurch Food and Wine Festival has chosen Macmillan Caring Locally as one of the Charities to benefit from the event.

The 2013 Festival is set to take place from 10th to 19th May and will include an extensive calendar of events to suit all ages and tastes. To get a flavour of what is on offer, and to select the events that you would like to attend, please use the link above.

A Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving - added 05/02/13

BournemouthWe are delighted to announce that La Nova Singers will be performing at our Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving at the Priory Church, Christchurch, Dorset.

The service is on Sunday 28th April 2013 at 3.00 p.m., everyone is welcome.

You may by prior arrangement, have the name of someone recorded in our Book of Remembrance, which remains in the Priory. To find out more about the service and how you can record an entry in our Book of Remembrance CLICK HERE

Classic Cuts for Men - added 20/01/13

Congratulations to Classic Cuts for Men in Purewell who are celebrating their 10th year in business.

On the 22nd January they offered haircuts at £5 each all day, with the proceeds going to the Macmillan Unit. We would like to thank Lorraine and Kirsty for allowing us to benefit in this way.

The Beach Hut Cafe - added 31/12/12

The Beach Hut Cafe at Friars Cliff held their annual Christmas Day fundraiser again this year. Despite a wet start to the morning the sun eventually came out and hundreds of customers enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine with views of our beautiful coastline.

Jo and Ron who run the Beach Hut Cafe, donated all the mince pies and mulled wine, and every penny that went through the till was donated to the Macmillan Unit.

Thanks to their kindness and hard work, and thanks to the generosity of their customers, a total of over £2,600.00 was raised. If you haven't visited the Beach Hut Cafe, you are missing out. Find out more HERE.

The White Christmas Dip 2012 - added 31/12/12

BournemouthOver 130 fundraisers took a plunge into the sea at Boscombe on Christmas Day in aid of the Macmillan Unit. The weather was cold and the rain was persistent, but it didn't dampen the enthusiasm of swimmers and spectators who turned out to take part in the 5th White Christmas Dip.

Sponsorship is still being collated but the organiser Tommy Baker hopes that the total will reach £5,000.00.

We are very grateful to Tommy, his family and friends for organising and running such a fun event, and we would like to thank everyone who gave up their Christmas morning and took part with such enthusiasm. To see more details and videos of the event CLICK HERE.

To go to the official White Christmas Dip web site CLICK HERE

Bournemouth Marathon 2013 - added 12/12/12

BournemouthStunning sea views, fresh crisp clean air and the very best of Bournemouth and Poole will be on show as the South Coast is home to a new international Marathon for the first time. The perfect environment has produced the natural environment for “running as it should be”.

The Festival weekend will include a Marathon, a Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and junior races.

If you would like to take part in this brand new event for Macmillan Caring Locally or if you would like further information please CLICK HERE.

Bournemouth Tourism Awards 2012 - added 29/11/12

BournemouthWe are delighted to announce that The Grove in Bournemouth, our holiday hotel for people with life threatening illnesses was a finalist and 'Highly Commended' in the Bournemouth Tourism Awards 2012. More than 300 representatives from across the town’s tourism and leisure industry gathered at a glittering Gala evening at the O2 Academy organised by Bournemouth Tourism.

Celtic Folk - added 24/11/12

CelticFolkAdrian Harman organised an evening of Celtic Music at the Allendale Centre Wimborne in memory of his wife Rose. The evening was a sell out which raised a total of £5,100.00 for the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital.

We would like to thank the musicians (Chris Sherburn, Denny Bartley, Aidan Burke, Brian Connolly and Aaron Jones) who flew in from all parts of the globe specially to perform at the event, without accepting a penny towards their expenses. Thanks also to the sound crew and the Allendale Centre for waiving their fees. Last but by no means least we would like to thank Adrian Harman and his volunteers for all their hard work and for allowing us to benefit from the substantial proceeds.

The Great Wall of China - added 25/10/12

Great WallAngela and Alan Turner have just completed the Great Wall of China for Macmillan. This is Angela's story: Approaching a milestone birthday two years ago and needing to get fitter I set myself a challenge of trekking the Great Wall of China, a trip which would take me completely out of my comfort zone and require a good amount of physical training. And so the training began, taking in swimming, walking, hill climbing and generally a lot more exercise. I also decided to try and raise some funds as people would sponsor me to take on such a challenge. As my brother-in-law had spent his last few weeks at the Macmillan Unit receiving their wonderful care I decided I would like to raise funds for Macmillan Caring Locally. At the last minute my husband decided he would like to join the challenge too so we shared the whole experience together.

The trip was organised by ‘Charity Challenge’ and took place at the beginning of October and lasted 8 days, with us trekking for 5 consecutive days. Well we survived the challenge; as predicted our knees are suffering a little from the thousands of steps but overall the training paid off – hurrah!

The trek was very varied; we passed through woodland and terraced farmland, following the contours of the hills and mountains in remote areas north of Beijing. The scenery was fabulous and gave a fascinating insight into a rich culture and history. We mainly followed old sections of the wall which were in a state of disrepair and quite difficult to walk on – in places only 2ft wide with sheer drops on both sides which required great concentration, no clumsy tripping, this meant we were the only people there all day giving a sense of solitude. Other days were spent trekking more restored sections with smooth flagstones and hundreds of steps. On these days we came across quite a few other people on day trips maybe just spending an hour or so there, some of whom were tottering along in their stiletto heels or flip flops – they weren’t hard core like us!

The challenge was physically demanding as walking on this terrain day after day takes its toll on your feet, legs and back; overall lots of steep inclines to towers and literally thousands of steps, some of which were 2ft high so lots of hauling oneself up. Overall we trekked approximately 50 miles over 5 days. It was also challenging in many other ways – no toilets on most parts of the wall so drinking lots of water to stay hydrated presented a slight inconvenience to females after a while….. ‘au naturel’ was the norm – watching out for prickles! Apart from the end of the trek when we luxuriated at a ‘Holiday Inn Express’ in Beijing we stayed at a variety of lodges experiencing local hospitality. These were in the middle of nowhere which had a range of sanitation and hygiene standards as well as limited facilities – the only guarantee given was hot water and clean sheets – we were happy with that us hard core trekkers! We were well fed – all meals were delicious.

On reflection we look back and feel pleased to have fulfilled all of the challenges that were presented to us, that we were sponsored to undergo, taking on one day at a time. We remember that those who need the facilities of the Macmillan Unit have far more challenges than we have ever experienced and thank all of those who sponsored us helping to raise some funds towards this little sanctuary for those in need. Having completed the challenge we are now in the process of collecting the sponsorship pledged beforehand and any donations folk are willing to give. The joint sum for our fundraising activities now currently stands at just above £4000 which is fantastic. We would like to thank Neal at Macmillan Caring Locally for his help and support of the venture.

Specsavers Poole - added 17/10/12

SpecsaversOur grateful thanks to Louise Swash, her colleagues at Specsavers in the Dolphin Centre Poole, and their generous customers for holding a coffee morning and raising an amazing £280.00 for the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital.

The 10th Sarah Green Golf Tournament - added 02/10/12

Sarah Green GolfA group of golfers have celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Sarah Green Golf Tournament by raising a massive £6000 for Macmillan Caring Locally. Over the past 10 years, the event has raised a huge amount, in excess of £50,000 in honour of Sarah Green (nee Rogers) who sadly lost her battle with Cancer in 2003, aged just 31. The much needed funds help support the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital, which is a Specialist Palliative Care Unit for patients in South East Dorset and South West Hampshire.

The 10th Sarah Green Golf Tournament took place on Friday 31st August 2012 at Canford Magna Golf Course. The event offered a great day of golf in beautiful surroundings along the River Stour, with the opportunity to win the coveted Sarah Green Trophy amongst other prizes, including a prize for the best dressed team. Following the golf was a 4 course gala dinner and a programme of entertainment. The winning team were local lads, "The Fore Callers", from Christchurch.

Trust Secretary for Macmillan Caring Locally, Neal Williams, said: “We are delighted that the Sarah Green Golf Tournament has reached the £50,000 total in its 10th year. This achievement is down to the hard work and dedication of the Rogers family, the Organising Committee, the Volunteers; and the generosity of those taking part. The money raised each year has enabled us to complete some very important projects in the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital. These projects have improved the care we give to our Patients and the support we offer to their Families.” Event Organiser, Anthony Rogers, said: “The event has gone from strength to strength and this year we had an amazing entry of 25 teams. Players of all standards got involved including Ashley Colleff, the current World Junior Golf Champion. It's a great event to be involved in and I'm really proud of the amount we have raised in my sister's name for Macmillan Caring Locally. I'm very grateful for the support offered by local golf clubs and business and all the organising committee are already looking forward to next year's event."

Christchurch Junior School - added 30/08/12

Mac gardenYear 5 students at Christchurch Junior School undertook an apprentice-style project where they were each given £1.00 and asked to use it to generate funds which would be donated to a local Charity.

Lots of interesting and inspiring ideas were put into action and the final result was that a massive £779.00 was raised for the Macmillan Unit. We wanted to do something tangible and creative with the money that was raised, so we decided to use it to purchase all the bedding plants and shrubs for the Macmillan Unit garden this season

Our garden is enjoyed every day by our Patients, families and visitors; so we offer our sincere thanks to Year 5 for making the garden extra special this year.

JOGLE 2012 - added 20/08/12

jogle2012Roger Standen (Cobham PLC) and Simon Tatman have just completed a cycle challenge from John o'Groats to Lands End in aid of the Macmillan Unit.

To read their fascinating blog and to find out the fun and games they got up to CLICK HERE.

Congratulations to Roger and Simon.

SUSAN HAUSBERGER - added 20/08/12

sue hausbergerSusan Hausberger took on a mammoth cycle challenge by cycling solo from her home in Austria to the Macmillan Unit in Christchurch UK. This challenge raised a serious amount of money for our Charity, and we are all in awe of the stamina and fitness required to complete such a cycle ride.

Well Sue is off again! and this time she is cycling from Austria to Barcelona, which is an enormous feat. You can read her daily blog and give her some support HERE.


the groveCassandra Jardine, the Telegraph's award winning feature writer, enjoyed a short break at The Grove (our holiday hotel for people with life threatening illnesses). She planned to write a piece on the Grove but sadly passed away two weeks after her stay. One of her oldest friends Kate Percival, who accompanied her on the trip, agreed to finish the article. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to Cassandra Jardine's family and friends, and express our gratitude to Kate Percival for finishing the article. You can read the article by clicking here.

FOUR ROUNDS IN ONE DAY - added 04/07/12

norris fisherFor the third year in a row four golfers played four rounds of golf on four different courses in one day. What may sound like a walk in the park is actually a real endurance test lasting about 18 hours.

Simon White (Enhanced), Warren Munson (Inspire), James Samson (Samson Print) and David Hole (Norris & Fisher) started at 4-30 am on the 28th of June at Dudsbury, 9-30 am at Canford Magna, 2-30pm at Ferndown (Old Course) and 6-30pm at Ferndown (Presidents Course).

We are very grateful to Simon, Warren, James and David for doing this challenge to raise funds for the Macmillan Unit. To see a group shot of the guys taken part way through the day please go to our Macmillan Flickr page HERE


hightrees jubileeJo and Mark Hirdle and the residents of High Trees Avenue in Queens Park Bournemouth celebrated the Queen's Jubilee in style.

They organised a street party, dressed up and marked the historic occasion in the traditional way.

During their celebrations the residents very kindly organised a raffle, with the proceeds going to the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital.

We are very grateful to the residents of High Trees Avenue for raising a total of £210.00. To see more photos of the event please go to our Macmillan Flickr page HERE

NIGHTRIDER - added 13/06/12

nightriderMaria and Will Standen took part in the London Nightrider in aid of Macmillan Caring Locally.

The Nightrider is a unique 100 km cycle ride past many of London's iconic landmarks at night. They joined 3,000 other fundraisers cycling in aid of 250 different Charities.

Maria and Will completed the Rajasthan Cycle challenge for us last year, and we are delighted that they have decided to support us again by taking part in the Nightrider.

If you would like to take part in Nightrider 2013 GO HERE

CYCLE CHALLENGE - added 06/06/12

tilsead challengeDavid, Gervase, Simon and Jon took part in a cycle challenge through France in aid of the Macmillan Unit. The challenge started in Saint Malo in Brittany on the Thursday morning and finished down in the foothills of the Pyrenees at about 6 p.m. on the Saturday, 535 miles later.

In the photograph is David Townend (kitted out in their team uniform) presenting a cheque for £2,000.00 to Geraldine Staples of Macmillan Caring Locally, accompanied by our Nursing team at the Macmillan Unit.

We are very grateful to David, Gervase, Simon and Jon for taking part in this exciting challenge, and for raising such an impressive total for the Macmillan Unit.

If you are interested in doing a cycle challenge for Macmillan Caring Locally please call us on 01202 477628. We have a huge selection of challenges and treks that you can join.

Service of Remembrance & Thanksgiving - added 01/05/12

We would like to thank everyone who supported our Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving at the Priory last Sunday. We are grateful to the Reverend Chris Mann and the Reverend Nick Adamson for officiating at the service.
Bournemouth Male Voice Choir performed a breathtakingly beautiful selection of works from Schubert and Mendelssohn, and we owe them our thanks for adding so much to our annual service.


warningIt has been mentioned in the Press recently that some Communities in the UK are fed up with door-to-door Charity collectors. Some national Charities have come in for criticism for using door-to-door collectors. We would like to point out that Macmillan Caring Locally is a small, local Charity based in Christchurch Dorset. We do not have door-to-door collectors or street fundraisers asking the public to complete direct debit forms.

If you have any concerns over this matter please call us on 01202 477628.

London Marathon 2012 - added 23/04/12

DebzAll of our London Marathon runners completed the course yesterday despite a very hot start to the day followed by a cold and wet end to the day. Our sincere thanks go out to all of our team for doing such an amazing challenge and raising so much for our Charity.

You will find a selection of photographs on our Flickr page

If you would like to run in the 2013 London Marathon for Macmillan Caring Locally, please enter the London Marathon ballot online when it opens. If you are successful and receive a place, please contact us for a supporter pack.

If you are unsuccessful in the ballot, please contact us as we may have Golden Bond places available.

Glenigan skydive for Macmillan - added 22/03/12

GleniganLocal company Glenigan provides the most up-to-date and detailed construction contract sales leads and market analysis. They report on every planned and current UK construction project, the companies and decision-makers involved. Glenigan have adopted Macmillan Caring Locally as Charity partners and have held a variety of Staff fundraising initiatives, the most recent of which raised £2,500.00 for the Macmillan Unit. In addition to fund raising, Glenigan colleagues are given time off to spend a day volunteering at the Macmillan Unit.

On 10th March Glenigan colleagues Emma Dukes and Jodie Cave bravely completed a skydive from 15,000 feet at Old Sarum, Salisbury. The jump lasted six minutes, with thirty seconds of free fall time. Congratulations to them both for completing an amazing challenge.

We would like to thank Mike Woolfrey, Managing Director for supporting this partnership, and for all Glenigan colleagues who have given up their time to volunteer, and have been so enthusiastic and generous in their fund raising.

Mike Brown named AVIVA Premiership rugby player of the month - added 15/03/12

Mike BrownThe Harlequins’ full-back was chosen as the month’s stand out performer by a panel of distinguished rugby media – including writers, broadcasters and photographers. Brown spoke of the pride he felt for being named Aviva Premiership Player of the Month: "I am so happy to receive this award from Aviva. It's a great time to be involved with Harlequins. I couldn't have found my recent form without the constant help and support from my teammates and the Quins coaching staff, they have all had a massive influence on me over the past few months and I'd like to thank them all.

"Aviva have kindly donated £500 to the charity of my choice – and I’ve chosen Macmillan Caring Locally. The reason I have chosen this charity is because my Gran recently passed away. Before she passed on, she asked for people to donate to the charity, instead of buying flowers for her funeral, as it was a charity that she supported. So in memory of her, I would like to donate to Macmillan Caring Locally."

Louisa Cheetham, Head of Sponsorship at Premiership Rugby title sponsors Aviva added: “Mike has been knocking on the door of the England squad for some time now. His outstanding form for Harlequins this season has been rewarded with a place in the England elite player squad which is testament to the professionalism and determination of the player; a deserved winner of the Aviva Player of the Month award.

Stepping Stones Group will meet at The Grove - added 23/02/12

The GroveFrom 6th June 2012 our Stepping Stones group will be permanently changing its venue and will be meeting at our new hotel The Grove.

The Grove Hotel, 2 Grove Road, East Cliff, Bournemouth BH1 3AU

Parking is limited but places are often available at neighbouring hotels. Please see our reception staff on arrival for details.

Drumming 4 Life - added 23/02/12

Drumming 4 LifeMembers of Linwood Youth Club in Winton recently held a Drumming Marathon in aid of The Youth Cancer Trust and Macmillan Caring Locally.

Joe Musker, who runs the Youth Club, was joined by several young drummers including Roscoe Oliver (pictured) who managed to keep the drumming going all day raising a total of more than £900.00 which was split between the two Charities. The money has already been put to very good use. It was used to purchase a laptop computer for Sally Taylor the new Welfare Benefits Adviser at the Macmillan Unit. Sally’s role is to offer specialist benefit and grant advice to Patients who are under the care of the Macmillan Unit.

Neal Williams, Trust Secretary of Macmillan Caring Locally said “Sally is a very important new addition to our Family Support Team. In the short time that she has been working for us she has already found substantial gains for the Patients that she has seen. Clearly she could not do this role without her new laptop and we are so grateful to Joe, Roscoe and fellow members of the Club for enabling us to make such a difference to our Patients”.

Carer's Day at The Grove - added 08/02/12

Stewarts GardenlandsIn February we held our annual Carer's Day. It took place at The Grove, our brand new holiday hotel for people with life threatening illnesses. Our annual Carer's Day is one of the ways in which we support the Carers of our Patients in our Community. The Carer's Day included two speakers talking on different aspects of caring. The ability to chat to a variety of professionals who were present, and an opportunity to chat to other carers. The Grove put on an excellent lunch, and in the afternoon our Carers were treated to some relaxation therapy which included a course of African drumming.

On the feedback forms 86% of those who attended said that the day was 'excellent' and the other 14% said the day was 'very good'. Thank you to Gill Kennedy of our Family Support Team who organised the day, our Family Support Team, our Speakers, our Professionals and the team at The Grove for making it such a success. If you are a Carer of one of our Patients and would like to know more about this annual event or our monthly Carer's meetings please call Gill Kennedy on 01202 705499.

Stewarts Gardenlands - added 08/02/12

Stewarts GardenlandsStewarts Gardenlands at Christchurch and at Holt adopted Macmillan Caring Locally as one of their Charity partners for 2011. We were particularly pleased to be chosen by Stewarts as the decision is made by the Staff.

Thanks to the generosity of the Staff and Customers who put donations in our collecting tins across the stores and in our buckets adjacent to the real reindeer at Christmas, a total of £3588.56 was raised.

We are very grateful to Martin Stewart, the Stewarts Gardenlands Staff and their very generous Customers. We would like to wish Stewarts every success in the future.

Did you know that Stewarts Gardenlands was the first retail store in the country to have a coffee shop?

The Beach Hut Cafe on Christmas Day - added 18/01/12

Beach Hut Cafe On Christmas Day Jo Smith, her family, colleagues and friends opened up The Beach Hut Cafe at Friars Cliff for a morning of mulled wine and mince pies. This is an event that Jo holds every year for us.

Hundreds of customers turned out on the day and every penny that went through the till was donated to the Macmillan Unit.

Over £2,600 was raised on Christmas morning, which is going to go towards the Macmillan Unit rebuilding fund. Over the years Jo has raised a considerable sum for the Macmillan Unit. We would like to thank her, her helpers and all her loyal customers who gave so generously.

If you have never been to the Beach Hut Cafe it is the perfect place for a coffee or a meal after a walk on the beach.

Parachute Jump! - added 05/01/12

Glenigan On Saturday 10th March 2012 at Old Sarum Airfield Emma Dukes and Jodie Cave will be jumping out of an airplane at 15,000 feet.

Emma and Jodie work for Glenigan, a local business which has been really supportive of our Charity in fundraising and in allowing their Staff to do Volunteer days at the Macmillan Unit.

We would like to wish Emma and Jodie the best of luck, and to thank them for taking this brave challenge.

Go here to offer them some support.

The White Christmas Dip 2011 - added 28/12/11

White Christmas Dip Thanks to all those who braved the water on Christmas day for the annual White Christmas Dip.

A record turnout of swimmers and a record turnout of supporters and spectators made this the best one yet.

Thanks also to Tommy Baker for organising everything, and to The Echo for covering it on Christmas Day.

Go here to see the article in The Echo. Photograph copyright Sally Adams, The Echo.

Maria and Will's Rajasthan Tiger Challenge - added 28/12/11

Maria and Will Maria and Will Standen have just completed the Rajasthan Tiger bike ride Challenge in aid of Macmillan Caring Locally.

Their trek took them 480 kms through Rajasthan, the land of the kings. They were one of the first few mountain bikers to explore this region.

The challenge was made all the more difficult by potholed roads, and some that had been washed away by monsoons. The dust thrown up by the bus, truck and tractor drivers was also something to contend with. Maria said "The route we followed was specifically tailored to be a challenging one through some of the more remote, rural areas of what is a very diverse and culturally fascinating country with friendly people that made us feel very welcome. We nearly reached our fund-raising target of £1500 for Macmillan Caring Locally (only £18 short!). The generosity and support of everyone really did keep us going."

If you would like to help them beat their target Go here Thanks to them both!

Sally Taylor, Welfare Benefits Adviser - added 14/12/11

Sally Taylor We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Sally Taylor as our new Welfare Benefits Adviser for the Macmillan Unit.

Sally will be based at the Macmillan Unit, but will travel out to see our Patients in their homes. She will be advising our Patients on any grants or benefits that they may be entitled to, and helping with any financial issues.

We are very pleased to be able to add this important service to our Family Support Team. Sally starts in post in January 2012 and can be contacted on or 01202 705291 (this number is temporary until she has a dedicated line).

Christmas card shop - added 23/11/11

Christmas cards Help us continue to support the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital and those under our care in the community by buying your Christmas cards through our new online shop (click on the image on the left to go to our shop).

Our card shop offers a large range of individual Christmas cards as well as box sets. With every purchase you can see exactly how much is donated to our Charity. If you are new to our card shop there is a 70% discount voucher that can be claimed.

With over 3,000 greeting card designs to choose from, there is a card for everyone.

Christchurch in Bloom competition 2011 - added 19/10/11

Christchurch in Bloom We are absolutely delighted that the Macmillan Unit Garden has just been awarded the GOLD prize in the Judges' special award category in the Christchurch in Bloom competition 2011.

Our Gardeners Nigel and Eric, along with our Gardening Volunteers John, 'Big Brian' and Elwyn do a marvellous job of creating a beautiful and peaceful haven for our Patients and their Visitors.

We would like to dedicate this award to 'Little Brian' who gave many hours of his time as a Volunteer to help in the garden, and sadly passed away earlier this year. He would have been chuffed to bits.

Grand Opening Charity Event - added 12/10/11

Scissors Salon We are excited to announce the Grand opening of the new Scissors Salon in Christchurch.

To celebrate the opening Scissors are doing a very special offer of a complimentary cut and finish in return for a donation to Macmillan Caring Locally or The Red Ranger Fund.

The special offer is running from 17th to 30th November 2011, and as there are limited appointments available it would be advisable to book your appointment as soon as possible.

We wish Scissors every success with their new Salon.

If you would like to download this poster to distribute to friends CLICK HERE.

Mirrored Shower - added 05/10/11

Ian from Mirrored Shower Ian from Mirrored Shower recently performed the Gigantic Mirrorball Show at Champions Westbourne in front of a crowd of 200 people.

The Gigantic Mirrorball Show incorporated 14 musicians and vocalists on the stage, performing songs written by Ian C. Uren and Sonny James Lovell.

Tickets sales, donations on the night, a percentage of the sale of the band's CDs on the night, and pound matching by Liverpool Victoria raised a very impressive £1772.50.

Neal Williams Trust Secretary said "The show was amazing, it is so rare to see so many talented artists on the stage at once. It was a real treat. We are delighted with the total that was raised, and would like to thank Ian, Sonny and all the band for working so hard in preparation for the show. Thanks also to Neil King of Fatea for arranging pound matching through L.V."

It is hoped that the Gigantic Mirrorball Show will be an annual event. Please go to the Mirrored Shower web site to listen to their music or download some tracks.

Sarah Green Golf Tournament - added 05/10/11

Ian from Mirrored Shower Charity Golfers carded £8000 for Macmillan Caring Locally at Christchurch Hospital from the 9th Sarah Green Golf Tournament. Sarah who lived in Ferndown, died age 31 in 2003 after suffering from leukaemia.

24 teams took part in the annual 4 ball stableford competition held on 2nd September at Canford Magna Golf Course near Wimborne, including her father and three brothers.

1st place honours were carried off by The Ashes Menswear Team, who were amongst the runners up at last years event. The team from Bournemouth and Christchurch, Luke Dennison, Lee Parker, Fraser Hamilton and Robbie Scott. were the pick of the teams, with second place honours going to the ‘Oddball’s’ led by Simon Munro-Pruett. In third place were the ‘Nicorettes’ captained by Simon Drake.

Supported by many local companies and businesses the event has now raised more than £43,000 in total for the unit since it started in 2003. Much of the money was raised in the charity auction which followed, the highlights being a signed 1966 world cup football shirt signed by the 9 remaining players, and a stay at the luxury 5 star Langham Hotel in London. This increasingly popular event was the most successful so far and the money raised will enable the completion of a number of projects that will improve the care of patients at the Macmillan Unit.

Neal Williams, Trust Secretary of Macmillan Caring Locally said, “The Sarah Green Golf Tournament has raised a huge amount of money for us over the years. We are extremely grateful to the organising committee, the volunteers on the day and to all those who took part, and gave so generously.”

New Forest Marathon - added 19/09/11

We would like to wish all our runners in the New Forest Marathon on 25th September best of luck, and mention our two recent entries from Sainsburys at Christchurch, Elena Daobry & Andrew Thomas.

Rachel Allcock - added 30/08/11

Rachel Allcock We are very grateful to local department Store Beales who have set up a scheme where their employees can volunteer to help a Charity for a day.

In the photograph is Rachel Allcock, who works in the menswear department of Beales. Rachel is also a professional singer, and very kindly donated her time to sing to our Day Centre Patients.

Rachel entertained our Day Centre group with a variety of well known ballads and swing numbers by artists such as Norah Jones, Eva Cassidy and Dionne Warwick. One of her delighted audience said "She has a beautiful voice, we would love to hear her sing again".

If you would like to book Rachel for your event please contact us and we will pass on your enquiry.

The Venue Directory - added 17/08/11

Laura, Rob and Jonathan from the Venue Directory in Gervis Road Bournemouth website very kindly donated their time and expertise as professional film makers for event venues, to create a four minute video about The Grove, our new hotel for people with life threatening illnesses.

Trust Secretary Neal Williams said "We are a small, local Charity, so we are very proud that The Grove is a unique initiative in the UK. We do not have the resources to publicise The Grove to those people across the whole of the UK who deserve to know about it. This video will greatly help us achieve this goal, as it is easily emailed and very concisely explains exactly what The Grove is about. We are so grateful to The Venue Directory for helping us".

To see the video go HERE and click on the top video.

The Vear Big Jump - added 17/08/11

Vear Jump Natalie Le Mesurier, Nick Child & Jack Beswarick did an amazing challenge by completing a Sky Dive at Old Sarum Airfield Salisbury, in memory of Jack's Mum Susan Beswarick.

Monies are still coming in, but at last count the total raised is in excess of £2,000.00. We are really grateful to Natalie, Nick and Jack for being so brave and completing the dive.

If you would like to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally, and would like to experience a sky dive, you can book through our challenge partner BY CLICKING HERE.

The Day Centre Summer Fayre - added 25/07/11

Thank you to everyone who donated items, all the Staff and Volunteers who helped out on the day, and to everyone who turned up, and helped us raise over £2,000.00 in just two hours!

The Pathfinder March - added 25/07/11

On the 25th June 2011 two colleagues from Honeywell Aerospace based at Bournemouth Airport undertook the Pathfinder March Challenge. They walked 46 miles cross country, starting at RAF Wyton near Cambridge and ending up back at the start. Emmerson and Elric both completed this trek in 16 hours, they started at 4am and finished at midnight. They raised a fantastic amount of £435.00 in memory of their friend Simon who was looked after at the Macmillan Unit. Thank you!

Rajasthan Tiger Challenge - added 13/07/11

Rajasthan Maria and William Standen are going to be doing the Rajasthan Tiger Challenge in December 2011 to raise funds for Macmillan Caring Locally. The expedition involves mountain biking for 480 kms through Rajasthan, the land of Kings. Their trek will take them to see Tigers in their natural habitat, and a visit to the Taj Mahal.

Maria, who works for JP Morgan Chase, has been involved in raising funds for The Grove (our hotel for cancer patients), and will shortly be leading a Community project with JP Morgan staff to landscape the gardens at The Grove.

If this challenge sounds like something that you would like to experience, have a look at the Rajasthan Challenge and a list of all our other UK and Worldwide Challenges BY CLICKING HERE.

Bournemouth Freemasons - added 06/07/11

Hebrew Ladies Guild Macmillan Caring Locally was invited to the annual celebration evening of Bournemouth Freemasons at the Freemason Hall, Knole Road, Bournemouth. At this evening all the local Lodges get together to give the money that they have raised all year, to a selection of local Charities.

This year local Lodges raised a total of £30,000, which was distributed to 40 local Charities.

In the photograph are representatives of eight lodges (including the Provincial Grand Master) who presented cheques to Neal Williams, Trust Secretary of Macmillan Caring Locally. Neal said “I am amazed that so much money can be raised by your members from within your own organisation without any actual fundraising as such. You should be very proud of yourselves this evening, and rightly so”.

The money raised is going to be used to replace and upgrade medical equipment, specialist beds and mobility aids for the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital.

Dr. Helen Whalley - added 06/07/11

Dr. Helen Whalley has been appointed as the new Consultant at the Macmillan Unit. She will be joining Dr. Ros Pugh, Senior Consultant in the Autumn. Helen has already completed two attachments to the Macmillan Unit, so is well known to the team. Prior to joining the Macmillan Unit Helen was a Specialist Registrar, and has an MSc (with distinction) in Palliative Care from King’s College London.

Sainsbury's at Castlepoint - added 30/06/11

Hebrew Ladies Guild Sainsbury's at Castlepoint Bournemouth have been fundraising over the course of the year, and came in to the Macmillan Unit to present Macmillan Caring Locally with a cheque for £2000.00.

The fundraising was organised by Sarah King (pictured far right), and it included various events within the store, supported by staff and customers. We would like to thank all Sainsbury's colleagues and customers at Castlepoint who supported this local Charity partnership, and meant that the Macmillan Unit could benefit from such a large sum of money.

The Grove is now open! - added 30/06/11

Hebrew Ladies Guild The Grove is our brand new holiday hotel for people with life threatening illnesses.

This 30 bedroom hotel on the East Cliff in the beautiful seaside resort of Bournemouth is now open after a five month refurbishment programme of every bedroom and public room.

To find out more about The Grove, or to make a reservation please call 01202 552233, or Go to the website.

Bournemouth Hebrew Ladies Guild - added 08/06/11

Hebrew Ladies Guild On Wednesday 18th May the Bournemouth Hebrew Ladies Guild held a formal luncheon with a Hat Show, and presented £2000.00 to Macmillan Caring Locally.

Trust Secretary Neal Williams said "I was delighted to have been invited to this special luncheon, and to have been given the opportunity to do a presentation to the Ladies Guild about our Charity.
To receive a cheque for £2000.00 was a wonderful surprise. The Bournemouth Hebrew Ladies Guild have been great supporters over the years, we are truly grateful for their generosity."

The Grove OPENING SOON - added 23/05/11

The Grove After an extensive five month refurbishment programme, our holiday hotel for cancer patients and those with life threatening illnesses, will open on 18th June 2011.

This beautifully located 30 bedroom hotel is a not-for-profit hotel, owned and operated by Macmillan Caring Locally. It has been designed based on 25 years of experience in running a similar facility. The Grove has a Nurse on site (or on call) 24 hours a day, should guests need any advice or in the case of an emergency.

If you would like to know more about The Grove, or would like to make a reservation please call 01202 428151 (prior to the opening on 18th June 2011). If you call after 18th June 2011, please use the telephone number of The Grove 01202 552233.

NEW - Text Your Donation - added 09/05/11

Text donations Thanks to JustTextGiving we are now able to accept donations by text.

This service is offered free to our Charity, so every penny you text goes directly to us; which in turn goes towards the care of our Patients.

To use this simple service please text MACM01 followed by the amount that you would like to donate (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5, or £10) to 70070. So for example if you wanted to donate £3 you would text MACM01 £3 to 70070. You can also Gift Aid your donation, which means that we get an extra 28% at no extra cost to you.

New Weather Lottery Jackpot announced - added 04/05/11

Weather Lottery We are pleased to announce that the jackpot in our weekly Weather Lottery has increased from £10,000 to £25,000. Our Charity receives 45% of the sales, so every time you play, you are supporting us.

This means that for £1 a week, you get the chance to win a massive £25,000, and unlike the national lottery, you don't share the prize, so if more than one person wins the jackpot, they each get £25,000.

Another benefit of our Weather Lottery is that you don't need to check your numbers. If you have won, Lottery HQ will draw a cheque and send it to you automatically.

To find out more about our Weather Lottery, CLICK HERE

London Marathon 2011 - added 19/04/11

Darren Ferguson Many congratulations to all our London Marathon runners this year. Everyone made it to the start, and more importantly everyone finished; despite a punishingly hot day.

In the photograph are Debbie Wilson and Marie Sharma, both looking delighted just after completing the Marathon. In the centre is Trust Secretary Neal Williams, looking relieved that he hasn't had to run 26 miles.

Thank you to everyone who took part and raised an amazing amount of money for our Charity.
Further photographs of our runners are on our Flickr page, CLICK HERE to see them.

Bravery Award for local hero - added 18/04/11

Darren Ferguson Darren Ferguson, Fresh Foods Manager at Sainsburys Christchurch pictured with Deputy Store Manager Kevin Palmer, recently received a Chief Constable's Commendation from the Dorset Police Headquarters for his “prompt and decisive actions in preventing a male threatening to jump from a bridge whilst on duty as a special constable”.

Both Darren and Kevin are keen supporters of Macmillan Caring Locally, and they completed the London Marathon 2011 alongside Sainsburys colleagues Matt Osbourne and Jon Reading.

Trust Secretary Neal Williams said "Darren's actions were very courageous, as he risked his own safety to help another. Thanks to him a young man has been given another chance. Darren is a real hero, and to see him finish the London Marathon for us yesterday was brilliant".

An Evening with Bournemouth Choir of the Year - added 18/04/11

The Priory On 9th and 10th July 2011 the Funky Little Choir will be performing at the Regent Centre in Christchurch. The performance starts at 7.30 p.m. and will include songs from Michael Buble, Jackson 5, Disney, Bill Withers and Tina Turner.

The show is supporting Macmillan Caring Locally and is likely to sell out quickly, so it is advisable to reserve tickets as soon as possible.

We are very grateful to the Funky Little Choir for agreeing to do this for us.

Tickets are available from HERE.

Service of Remembrance & Thanksgiving - added 16/03/11

The Priory
At 3.00 p.m. on 15 May 2011 at the Priory Christchurch there will be a Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving. The service is in aid of Macmillan Caring Locally, the Youth Cancer Trust and Bournemouth Leukaemia Fund.

In exchange for a donation you can have the name of someone recorded in the 2011 Book of Remembrance. Your donation will go directly to the work of the three Charities, in their continuing care of patients and families in Dorset. To download the information leaflet CLICK HERE

The Gigantic Mirrorball Show - added 09/03/11

Mirrored Shower
Mirrored Shower (plus support) are doing a gig in aid of Macmillan Caring Locally at Champions Venue Westbourne on 16 September 2011; doors open at 7.30 p.m.

To go to the Mirrored Shower web site CLICK HERE

Glenigan - added 08/03/11

Glenigan, the local Construction Industry Support Service based in Seabourne Road Bournemouth, have announced that they are supporting Macmillan Caring Locally this year. Mike Woolfrey (MD) and Graham Newman (Head of Marketing) presented the Charity with a cheque for over £1300 and pledged their future support. Mike Woolfrey said "One of our staff, Carole Cairns was under the care of the Macmillan Unit, and it is something that is close to a lot of people's hearts. Our team are very keen to support the wonderful work that the Macmillan Unit provides".

Fun / Fundraising Day - added 16/02/11

Suzanne and Route 66 will be performing at Chaplins on Saturday 9th April 2011 from 2.00 p.m. til late. They will be joined by the Confusion Band, Darren the house DJ and Rock Choir. There will be a barbecue, raffle and children's entertainment.

Proceeds will be divided between Macmillan Caring Locally and the Stroke Association. Chaplins is at 529 Christchurch Road, Boscombe BH1 4AG.

Find out more HERE

Stewarts Gardenlands support Macmillan Caring Locally - added 03/02/11

Stewarts GardenLands today announced their support for Macmillan Caring Locally in 2011. Stewarts, who were voted Best Plant Retailer for the past two years, will be fund raising in their Garden Centres in Christchurch and in Holt near Wimborne.

Find out more HERE

Sainsbury's Marathon Team - added 24/01/11

London Marathon Kev, Jon, Matt and Darren from Sainsbury's at Christchurch are running the London Marathon for us in April this year. They are doing some in store promotions to advertise their challenge, and on the morning of 9th April 2011, they will be outside Priory Sports in Saxon Square, Christchurch running on treadmills in readiness for the big day.

Come down to Saxon Square and show them some support. There will also be some entertainment during the course of the morning.

To support them online go to their page

You can now follow us on Twitter - added 14/01/11

You can now follow our tweets.

Go to Macmillan Caring Locally on Twitter

Albany Lodge feature in the Echo - added 29/11/10

Our Hotel for cancer patients and their families Albany Lodge, was recently featured in the Bournemouth Echo.

Follow the link to see the full article

The White Christmas Swim - added 03/11/10

If you fancy doing something completely different on Christmas morning - something really refreshing to get you in the mood for your Christmas lunch - this is for you!

At 10.30 on Christmas morning the annual 'White Christmas Swim' will be taking place. If you would like to take part we are asking for a minimum of £5.00 sponsorship (sponsorship forms can be downloaded from our 'downloads' page). There is also an official Just Giving site where you can make a donation. Christmas Swim

The theme is fancy dress, so use your imagination and wear the most ridiculous costume. The swim will be happening to the right of Boscombe Pier in Bournemouth, and all proceeds are to Macmillan Caring Locally.
With thanks to the Baker family for organising this event.

Sue Hausberger Photo Slideshow - added 02/11/10

The map of the route

Sue Hausberger recently cycled from Austria to Christchurch Dorset in aid of the Macmillan Unit. This was an epic 800 mile journey which she chronicled on her blog and with photographs.

The slideshow is now available in chronological order, so click here to see the whole slideshow.

This was an amazing achievement by anyone's standards, which resulted in thousands of pounds being raised to improve the future care of our patients. Thanks Sue!

The New Forest Marathon 2010 - added 29/09/10

New Forest Marathon

We would like to say a big thank you to all those who took part in the New Forest Marathon and half Marathon.

Amongst our team we would like to thank Vicky Martin, Ann Morgan (seen pictured) and Andy Mckinnon for raising money for Macmillan.

Staff Excellence Awards 2010 - added 28/09/10

Penny Hill

We are delighted to announce that at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital Staff Excellence Awards 2010, Penny Hill was awarded Mentor of the Year 2010.

Penny is a valued member of the Nursing Team at the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital.

We would like to extend our congratulations to Penny on a well deserved award.

Keith Wilkinson Andes to Amazon Cycle Challenge - added 27/09/10

Keith Wilkinson

Keith Wilkinson has just returned from Peru where he took part in an amazing Cycle Challenge from the Andes to the Amazon, in aid of Macmillan Caring Locally.

Keith's challenge involved cycling 300 km at high altitude and through rain forests, covering approximately 60 km per day.

We are delighted that he has returned safely, and are extremely grateful for the support he has given Macmillan.

To follow Keith's journey Go to his Facebook page

The Sarah Green Golf Tournament - added 15/09/10

The Grove

The 8th Sarah Green Golf Tournament took place at Canford Magna Golf Club on 3rd September. Sarah Green was cared for by the Nursing Team at the Macmillan Unit in 2003. As a tribute to Sarah, and as a way of supporting the Macmillan Unit, the Sarah Green Golf Tournament was organised by family and friends.

Neal Williams, Trust Secretary of Macmillan Caring Locally said “The Sarah Green Golf Tournament has raised a huge amount of money for us over the years, enabling us to complete a number of projects that have improved the care of our patients at the Macmillan Unit. We are extremely grateful to the organising committee, the volunteers on the day and to all those who took part, and gave so generously.”

Photographs on the day reproduced by kind permission of Maria Nugent ©2010

Adidas Hyde Park 5K run - added 06/09/10

Thank you to everyone who ran the Adidas Hyde Park Run on 5 September.

We are very grateful to Joanne Macarthur who ran for us in memory of her Nan. Her sponsorship page is still open. Click here.

Susan Hausberger's Cycle Challenge - added 01/09/10


We are delighted to announce that Susan Hausberger has completed her 880 mile cycle challenge from Austria to the Macmillan Unit in Christchurch UK. Susan was so touched by the care given to her Father at the Macmillan Unit, that she decided to get on her bike to help fund the Unit.

Susan left Austria on 12 August 2010 and arrived at the Macmillan Unit in Christchurch on 27 August 2010.

You can see her progress, see beautiful views of her journey, and sponsor her by visiting her blog. VISIT SUE'S BLOG

Macmillan Purchase The Grove - added 09/08/10

The Grove

We are delighted to announce that Macmillan Caring Locally has just completed the purchase of the Grove Hotel in Bournemouth. This 35 bed hotel (situated at the top of Bath Hill) will undergo 6 months of refurbishment before opening as our new holiday Hotel for Cancer Patients and their families or carers.

Albany Lodge will continue to operate until the Grove opens, when it will be put on the market.

Round Brownsea Island Swim - added 02/08/10

Rob Sear

Rob Sear has just completed a Charity swim around Brownsea Island. This is in preparation for the Toughguy Challenge 2011 which he is taking part in.

Rob did the swim in 2 hours and 10 minutes. He said that the water was 15 degrees, but felt much colder. We are very grateful to Rob for the support of our Charity.

Our Volunteers - added 28/07/10

We rely greatly on the services of our Volunteers. Over a twelve month period we estimate that in excess of 11,000 hours have been contributed at an approximate value to the Charity of over £71,000.00. THANK YOU!

If you would like to Volunteer at the Macmillan Unit, or would like to know more about Volunteering, please send your enquiry to

Expense Declaration - added 28/07/10

In the interests of transparency we would like to make it public that no Trustee of Macmillan Caring Locally has received any remuneration or reimbursement of expenses from the Charity. Our only full time member of Staff, our Trust Secretary received £1206.63 over a twelve month period, as reimbursement of travel expenses. This was for using his own car to travel to meetings with the Hospital Trust, meetings with Fundraisers and Stakeholders, and travel to talks given in the local Community.

As a small local Charity, we only spend 6% of our income on administration.

If you would like to know more about expenses, please send your enquiry to

The Weather Lottery - added 07/07/10

Weather Lottery

The last twelve months of running our exciting Weather Lottery has been very successful for our players. 72% of those who signed up to our Weather Lottery have won a cash prize. One lucky supporter has won 10 individual cash prizes in twelve months. No one has won the big £10,000 prize yet, but with the frequency of our smaller wins, we are hoping it is just around the corner!

If you would like to join in the fun and support our Charity at the same time please click here to go to enter, or telephone 01202 477628 for an entry form.

Sue's Cycle Trip from the Tyrol to Christchurch UK - added 30/06/10

Starting on 12 August 2010 Susan Hausberger will be undertaking an 800 mile cycle challenge from the Tyrol to the Macmillan Unit in Christchurch. Susan is doing this amazing challenge to raise funds for the Macmillan Unit in memory of her Father Donald Wright.

To keep updated with Sue's training and her progress please visit Susan's blog page which includes videos and a link to her Just Giving page.

Sainsbury at Castlepoint - added 14/06/10

SainsburyWe are delighted to announce that Sainsbury's at Castlepoint have chosen Macmillan Caring Locally to be their Local Charity Partner for 2010/2011.

We very much look forward to working together with Sainsbury's colleagues and customers over the next twelve months, to build a meaningful partnership and make a positive difference to the local Community.

Charity Dinner Dance at Le Bateau Bistro - added 09/06/10

Le Bateau Bistro are very kindly putting on a Dinner Dance on Tuesday 13 July 2010 at 7.30 p.m. The evening includes a two course meal followed by a DJ and dancing. The bar will be open until late.

The evening is in support of Keith Wilkinson, who is cycling across Peru for Macmillan in September. Go to his Facebook page to book in.

The Great South Run 2010 - added 08/06/10

We have secured a number of guaranteed Charity places in the Great South Run, so if you would like to join our team, please contact Neal on 01202 477628 or

We will supply you with all the necessary race information, a professional Macmillan running vest, and all the tips and advice on training and raising sponsorship. All we ask is that you raise a minimum sponsorship of £250.00.

great south

Carey climbs Mount Kenya - added 07/06/10

Mt KenyaCarey McLoughlin has just successfully climbed Mount Kenya whilst raising funds for Macmillan.

She said "This was a great challenge for me personally but I did it with my Mum firmly in my mind and my heart and am aware of the great personal challenges she was set last year that she tackled with great strength and immense dignity.

I did this for her first and foremeost, but also for the people who worked so hard to make her comfortable and happy in the few months that she stayed at the Macmillan Unit. They are amazing and continue to do a fantastic job. I know that the money raised through my journey up Mt Kenya will be put to good use by them and it will make someone else's life more comfortable for a while and provide amazing support and relief to their families".

The Ricky Fletcher Memorial Football Match 30 May 2010 - added 07/06/10

Sunday 30th May saw the annual Ricky Fletcher Memorial Football match take place in aid of the Macmillan Unit. SK Sports played against Branksome Con Club at the Bournemouth Electric Club. South Kinson Sports won the match three goals to two.

Neal Williams (Trust Secretary of Macmillan) and Andy Martin (Bournemouth Echo) distributed the medals and Trophy at the end of the match. Neal Williams said "I am so grateful to you all for giving up your time to enjoy a friendly football match, and at the same time raising money for the Macmillan Unit. This is a fitting tribute to Ricky - who was obviously someone very special, greatly missed by you all."

The 8th Sarah Green Golf Tournament - added 28/04/10

The 8th Sarah Green Golf Tournament takes place on Friday 3 September 2010 at Canford Magna Golf Club near Wimborne.

The event offers a top day of golf in beautiful surroundings along the River Stour with the opportunity of winning the coveted Sarah Green Trophy and many other fabulous prizes. Following the golf will be a 4 course gala dinner and entertainment.

We are delighted that the Tournament has raised over £30,000 for Macmillan Caring Locally, money which has made a huge difference to the care of our Patients at the Macmillan Unit. If you would like to take part please CLICK HERE to download an entry form.

Sponsored Hair Cut - added 12/04/10

On 10th April Richard Lane held a fundraiser for us by having his hair cut.

He has had his trademark long hair for 20 years, so this was a big decision to make.

We are really grateful to Richard for this fun way of raising funds. You can access his Just Giving page through our 'Supporters' page, whilst it is still open.

Before After !!!

The Great South Run 2010 - added 01/03/10

The Great South Run takes place in Portsmouth on 24th October 2010. It is Europe's most popular 10 mile race and will be celebrating its 20th year in 2010.

We have secured a number of guaranteed Charity places in the Great South Run, so if you would like to join our team, please contact Neal on 01202 477628 or

We will supply you with all the necessary race information, a professional Macmillan running vest, and all the tips and advice on training and raising sponsorship. All we ask is that you raise a minimum sponsorship of £250.00.

New website launched - added 11/02/10

In line with the re-branding of Macmillan Caring Locally, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new website. Please bear with us as news items and photo galleries are uploaded.
If you have any comments or suggestions regarding our new look, please contact Neal on 01202 477628 or

The Macmillan Unit is awarded 'Practice Development Unit Status' - added 11/02/10

Staff in the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital are celebrating having received a Practice Development Unit (PDU) Accreditation.  The accreditation was awarded to staff by the Institute of Health and Community Studies at Bournemouth University. 

The University has been assessing the Macmillan Unit since September 2008, reviewing their progress in meeting a total of 13 standards that are required to achieve the award.  These included the Unit’s service provision, communication structure, staff development programme and the provision of patient information.

Members of staff were encouraged to come up with ideas on how to turn good practice into best practice.  This led to a number of improvements within the Unit.  For example, a children’s area has been created so children are occupied when visiting patients, patient information leaflets have been produced and palliative care education sessions have been introduced for community nurses.

Sharon Cudlip, Clinical Leader at the Macmillan Unit commented: “Staff are so proud that the Macmillan Unit has been awarded PDU Accreditation.  It is fantastic recognition of how hard the team works to constantly develop better working practices that improve the patient experience and maintain the highest standard for palliative care.”

Linda Kaye, PDU Consultant at Bournemouth University commented: "The panel was very impressed with the staff of the Macmillan Unit and they have worked hard to achieve the requirements for accreditation. This has involved staff developing and improving the care and services they offer to patients, using the appropriate research and evidence base."

Christmas cards at the Macmillan Unit - added 01/12/09

One of our Palliative Care Sisters is also an accomplished artist. Every year Anne Gooch designs and then paints a selection of images which are then made into Christmas cards.

The cards are available to purchase in the Macmillan Unit reception during December, and all proceeds go to Macmillan Caring Locally.

Anne Gooch

NATS Ramble - added 01/12/09

Ariana and James work for NATS at Bournemouth Airport. One of their well loved colleagues received treatment at the Macmillan Unit. In her memory they decided to do a sponsored walk from their offices at Hurn to their new offices at Whiteley - a total of 37 miles.

They raised an amazing £2,000.00. It was a particularly gruelling challenge, complicated by driving rain and strong winds. You can see how exhausted they are in the photo below.

James and Ariana