Macmillan partners with JT for special week

THE annual fundraising day for Macmillan Cancer Support Jersey is changing this autumn with a challenge to use seven days to make a real difference.

Macmillan Jersey. Lauren Perchard-Rees, CEO and Cancer Support Specialist                                                             Picture: ROB CURRIE. (29190774)
Macmillan Jersey. Lauren Perchard-Rees, CEO and Cancer Support Specialist Picture: ROB CURRIE. (29190774)

The charity has partnered with JT to launch the ‘Get Together for Good’ campaign, a week of activities and challenges running from 21 to 27 September. Each event is about bringing friends, colleagues, classmates and families together, either online or in person, and making every day and every event unique by uniting the whole community, for one week, to make a change.

Macmillan Jersey receives no funding from Macmillan UK and relies on the donations and generosity of Islanders to provide much-needed services for local patients and their families. With JT’s help, the charity hopes that a refreshing approach to fundraising, allowing everyone to personalise their day, will help raise the funds needed to maintain their services.

Local businesses have embraced the idea, providing prizes for the bumper prize draw and pledging donations for purchases made towards group events.

Lauren Perchard-Rees, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support Jersey, said: ‘We felt that 2020 was the year for change and with the creativity and passion of the JT team, we decided to give people loads of opportunities to get together to raise money for our work.

‘Every penny raised here stays here, in Jersey, helping not only cancer patients but also their support network of family and close friends.

‘The Oasis cancer support centre alone costs over £300,000 a year to run but we need more than that to continue our work with patients, especially this year as our fundraising is 50% down on previous years.’

Tamara O’Brien, group head of customer experience for JT, said: ‘We know that in small communities such as ours in the Channel Islands, the chances are that most of us will know someone affected by cancer.

‘By supporting Macmillan Jersey, we have helped turn the traditional one-day fundraiser into a week of fun that can be done online or in groups, giving everyone plenty of options including staying at home to having small gatherings. There will be links to downloadable invitations, suggested movie lists, bunting and posters, all to help spread the message of supporting the brilliant and vital work of Macmillan Jersey.’

Macmillan Jersey helps people with all types of cancer and has provided over 3,000 support sessions in the past 12 months.

To find out more about the ‘Get together for Good’ week, how to become a partner and how to donate visit macmillanjersey.com.

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