MP backs "World's Biggest Coffee Morning" for Macmillan Cancer Relief

Nick Herbert, MP for Arundel and South Downs, has pledged his support for Macmillan Cancer Relief's efforts to improve local cancer services in Sussex by backing the "World's Biggest Coffee Morning".

On Friday 30 September thousands of people across the UK including celebrity supporters Martin Clunes and Neil Fox, will have a cup of coffee for Macmillan, helping the charity to provide vital support for people living with cancer.

Mr Herbert recently met Stephen Richards, Director of Macmillan Cancer Relief for London, Anglia and the South East, at the House of Commons to discuss issues for local people affected by cancer.

"I am pleased to be able to pledge my support for Macmillan's work" said Nick Herbert.  "With improvements to cancer treatment and care, and an increasingly elderly population, more people than ever before are living with the disease.  That means the need for Macmillan's services will keep on growing. 

"Like so many people, cancer has touched my own family - my grandfather recently died from the disease - and I know what tremendous work Macmillan does."

Mr Richards said: "More than 1 million people in the UK today have had a cancer diagnosis, but by 2025 this figure will have increased to 3 million" said Mr Richards.  "It is therefore vital that we have this opportunity to talk to MPs about how we can work together to improve services for people living with cancer." 

Mr Herbert was briefed about Macmillan's work in Sussex with cancer patients and their families: 

  • Nearly 8,000 people in Sussex are diagnosed with cancer each year. 
  • In Sussex there are already 60 Macmillan health professionals helping people in hospitals and in the community. 
  • In Sussex Macmillan gave £105,000 last year to help nearly 300 local people with cancer who are facing financial hardship, a rise of 20 per cent on previous years.
  • More than 600 people in the county called the free Macmillan CancerLine for support and advice many hundreds more were able to get one-to-one support from Macmillan health professionals in hospital, in the community and in people's own homes. 

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Ed Barker