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Mobile cancer support services rolls into Batley & Spen

100616 macmillan bus CROPA mobile cancer information service run by Macmillan Cancer Support rolled into Batley & Spen where they were joined by the local MP.

Just a few days after supporting Macmillian in the Parliamentary Tug of War, Jo Cox met the team to see how the service is helping local people affected by cancer.

The service visits towns, cities and workplaces around the UK offering free, confidential information and support about cancer.

Jo Cox said: “This is a great initiative by Macmillan and I am very pleased to support the important and valuable work they do. I was delighted to meet up with the team when they came to Batley & Spen and to see so many local people popping in for information and advice.”

Amanda Fry, from Macmillan, said: “There are now an estimated 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK, which is an increase of almost half a million in five years. That means more people are affected by cancer in some way – patients, carers, friends and relatives.

“This service aims to help anyone with questions about cancer. People can drop in, talk to our cancer information specialists or simply pick up some booklets.  It was great to be back in Batley & Spen to provide this support, and to welcome Jo Cox on board to be able to share the work we’re doing helping people in her constituency.”

Five Macmillan mobile information units travel around the UK visiting local communities, providing cancer information and advice on the ground. Last year, they helped over 74,000 people in over 565 locations across the UK.

For further information about Macmillan’s service, including details of future visits, go to www.macmillan.org.uk. Support is also available by calling Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm).

Jo gets roped in to raise money for Macmillan

Jo Cox taking part in the Tug of War for MacmillanBatley & Spen MP Jo Cox lined up in the Parliamentary Tug of War to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The charity’s 30th annual Tug of War event saw a series of battles – including the eagerly anticipated House of Commons versus House of Lords, with the MPs winning their seventh straight victory.

All the money raised will help Macmillan ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

The event was compéred by BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine and saw spectators and teams enjoy an evening of fundraising festivities alongside the matches at Westminster College Gardens.

Mrs Cox was part of the team of female MPs who battled against the Macmillan ladies, but were beaten. She said: “There are 2.5million people living with cancer in the UK. The funds raised through events such as Macmillan’s Tug of War are more vital than ever before and will fund the vital practical, medical, emotional and financial support services that they offer.”

The Tug of War has raised over £3million to fund vital Macmillan services for people affected by cancer over the last 30 years.

Richard Taylor from Macmillan Cancer Support said: “The winning medals for Macmillan’s Parliamentary Tug of War were as fiercely fought over as ever before in this, its 30th year.  The night was a fantastic success with politicians from all sides of the Commons and Lords really pulling together for the benefit of people affected by cancer.

“The incredibly generous donations from the spectators alongside some good natured political heave ho will go a long way in helping Macmillan ensure that no one faces cancer alone.”

For further information please visit www.macmillan.org.uk/tugofwar