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Our team members consist of our dedicated full and part-time staff based here at the Southport Macmillan Centre plus our increasing number of enthusiastic volunteers.
Graeme attended Scarisbrick Hall School and qualified in 1982 at Liverpool Medical School, following which he served at home and overseas in the Royal Army Medical Corps until 1990. He returned to Southport with his family to take up a partnership at Church Street Surgery in Southport which was subsequently merged into St Marks Medical Centre, just a few doors down. During this time Graeme also worked at Southport Hospital in Gynaecology and also for Macmillan and the CCG as a primary care cancer lead. He continues in these latter two posts, having recently retired from General Practice.
Graeme co-founded the Macmillan Cancer Information Centre in 2012, on the basis that such a service needed to be located in the community, and away from the clinical and busy hospital environment. He has been delighted with the way the service has developed and with the positive feedback from patients, carers and health professionals alike. Activities outside of work include fly fishing, working on old land rovers and trying to complete his wife’s job list.
Hi! My name is Julia Fahey and I’m absolutely delighted to have been asked to step into the very big shoes that Sarah filled, as Southport’s new Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Officer. For many years I’ve worked within the tourism industry and feel very privileged to have the opportunity to now follow such a different and rewarding path, helping people to live an enjoyable and fulfilling life despite their illness. Having had cancer myself in the past, I know only too well how important Macmillan’s work is. I live in Southport with my wonderful husband Bill and our scruffy mutt Eddie and am grandma to 2 delightful boys Oliver and Thomas. In my spare time, I enjoy working on our allotment (although I leave it to Bill on inclement days!), gardening, reading and cooking – especially baking so I’ll do Helen’s share!!!!!
Helen originally qualified as an Occupational Therapist, specialising in intermediate care. In 2012 she decided to change direction and work within the voluntary sector.
Helen worked for a local advocacy charity for five years prior to joining Macmillan. She advocated for people affected by cancer within Sefton and has developed a good knowledge of local services. Helen says she has found fulfilment in offering support to people throughout their cancer journey and enjoys her role within the Macmillan Centre as a Community Navigator.
Hi, my name is Bev; I was delighted to join the Southport Macmillan team in July 2017 as Community navigator admin support. Prior to this I have worked for the last 11 years for a community wellbeing project in Skelmersdale. Part of my previous role involved developing and then delivering healthy eating courses to people in the local community. I also supported individuals wanting to make healthy lifestyle changes, all of which I found very rewarding. I love to see a person's confidence grow as they try new things and recognise their achievements.
I have delivered healthy cooking demonstrations at several Health and Wellbeing events. If you are ever looking for me at a H&W event follow the smell of food!
The sweet potato and chilli soup is my favourite so far, but I am always on the lookout for new recipes.
I have met some amazing people since starting my new role. The Macmillan Centre offers such varied support to so many people and I feel privileged to be part of the team.
Hello I’m Doreen and I’m the quiet one (not!). I started volunteering for Macmillan as a fundraising volunteer and since the Centre opened in 2012, have founded and run the Macmillan Craft Group ‘In Stitches’. The group is as much a support group as a craft group and we have formed strong friendships within the group. I am also a Walking Group Leader. Everyone loves the walking group and it’s a great chance to make friends, have a cup of tea afterwards and get some exercise at the same time. I also love coming to the Macmillan Singing Group every other Wednesday – it really gives you a lift.
Being a Macmillan volunteer has transformed my life and gives me a real sense of satisfaction being able to help others affected by cancer, as I have been myself.
Hello I'm David. I got involved in cancer help around 20 years ago, when my wife was diagnosed with cancer. For the last 17 years I have been involved in Leukemia Care and I used to run Leukemia Care for the North West. I used to meet people who needed financial or emotional support. I currently man the phonelines for Leukemia Care two or three times a week, being a listener, giving information and generally supporting people affected by leukemia. I became a Macmillan volunteer when the centre opened in 2012 and aim to support carers and families. I am here to listen and welcome anyone - family and friends as well as patients affected by cancer. I help at the weekly coffee mornings and also run stalls at events such as Southport Airshow last year, and at the flu clinics around Southport. I have also got a certificate in bereavement counselling. I am happy to help out at the Macmillan Centre any way I can!
Hello I'm Jean and I do lots of stamping and labelling of Macmillan leaflets and I make sure the craft group are happy with cups of tea and coffee. I am also a fundraising volunteer and collect for Macmillan. I also volunteer for Queenscourt Hospice and Galloways (Society for the Blind & Patially Sighted). I thoroughly enjoy volunteering because it keeps me out of mischief! All of the organisations I belong to give me a way to put something back into society and help people in general.
Hello I'm Carol and I have been a volunteer at the Macmillan Centre since it was first set up.
I and my husband Tony, lived in Manchester for many years, when I worked at the University, and also we spent ten years living in Australia, but I was born and brought up in Southport. Prior to retirement I was PA to the Macmillan Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care at The Christie in Manchester, and it was this experience, as well as the loss of my older brother and an uncle and cousin to cancer, which inspired me to become involved. As well as helping to keep the database of client contacts up-to-date, I help with various outreach events and thoroughly enjoy my involvement with Macmillan. As my husband Tony sadly has advanced Alzheimer’s disease and is now in a care home, I find the friendship of the Macmillan team a great comfort and can recommend volunteering, for the difference it has made to my life. Later in the year I will be taking part in a new Macmillan initiative as a member of a North West regional forum of Macmillan volunteers.
Hiya I'm Graeme, the mad Irishman! I work for British Airways as Cabin Crew on their long haul fleet. I volunteer for the Macmillan Centre, when I can. I am a facilitator on the HOPE Course, which is fulfilling and challenging at the same time. The HOPE Course is all about offering simple skils and techniques to those affected by cancer, to enable them to move on with their lives. I also help with Macmillan events and I am the eye behind the camera lens at general events.
Hello I'm Phil. I recently joined the Macmillan Volunteer team in 2015 as I hoped to help and support other people who have been diagnosedwith, or affected by cancer.
I have been volunteering and working with the team at the Macmillan Centre for about 3 years. My background is in Civil and Public service. I first became involved with Macmillan after attending one of the Hope courses as a patient. I help to maintain the centre's website keeping it up to date. I am also involved with West Lancs and Merseyside Myeloma Support Group.
I volunteer for two half-days a week, greeting service users at the reception desk, making teas and coffees and helping to keep the centre clean and tidy. I also take part in various events that either raise valuable funding or help and support service users, or raise awareness of the Southport Macmillan Centre.
After teaching catering at Southport College, I ran a successful tea-room and restaurant on Lord Street in Southport for 16 years. After retiring, I went back to college to learn new skills such as Swedish body massage, reflexology and Indian head massage – I am also a Reiki Master Teacher.
In addition to traveling I love to meet and help people, and have been a volunteer at Queenscourt Hospice, Age Concern, Red Cross and Sefton Opera.