Macmillan Merthyr Tydfil Fundraising Committee nominated for prestigious UK volunteer award

Macmillan Merthyr Tydfil Fundraising Committee nominated for prestigious UK volunteer award

The Macmillan Merthyr Tydfil Fundraising Committee is celebrating their nomination for the prestigious Macmillan Cancer Support’s Thanks to You Outstanding Supporter Award.

The award, which honours the impact of exceptional volunteers who give their time, energy, and experience to Macmillan to help people living with cancer, drew nominations from all over the United Kingdom.

The Merthyr committee

The Merthyr committee, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2022, has consistently played a pivotal role in raising money to help people in their local community who are living with cancer and the devastating impact that a cancer diagnosis may bring.

The Macmillan Merthyr Fundraising Committee has raised more than £ 1.25 million from community events, including a number of successful activities such as summer afternoon teas, quiz nights and numerous store collections. They organised fashion shows that were compered by fashion designer Jeff Banks, and featured exquisite haute couture designed by Merthyr-born Julien Macdonald. Actor and activist Michael Sheen has also spoken at one of the committee’s luncheon club events.

In June 2010, the Macmillan Unit opened at The Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil. It was built with the help of money raised by the committee and by people in the local area and was supported by then Cwm Taf Local Health Board and Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff.

Speaking about receiving the nomination, Linda Pearce, Chair of the Macmillan Merthyr Fundraising Committee, said: “The nomination for the Macmillan Thanks to You Award means so much to the whole committee who have for over 40 years worked tirelessly to raise funds for people with cancer.

“Funds are raised by our committee hosting events throughout the year

including lunches, prosecco afternoon teas, quiz nights, and fundraising evening events, as well as store collections. Our committee never looks back at what has been achieved but looks forward to what they can achieve in the future.

“I am immensely proud to be the current chair of the Merthyr Tydfil committee which is my hometown, and I am constantly in awe of how much support we receive from the local community. The committee and myself, are forever grateful, especially in these challenging times.”

Richard Pugh, Head of Partnerships for Macmillan in Wales

Talking about the committee’s nomination, Richard Pugh, Head of Partnerships for Macmillan in Wales, said: “This nomination is very well deserved indeed, and I really congratulate the committee for their outstanding efforts over the past 41 years.

“This committee is firmly rooted in their community and from the very first day they started fundraising, they set out with purpose and determination to improve the lives of those in the Merthyr Area who were living with cancer. They saw the physical, emotional, and financial impact that a cancer diagnosis has on the lives of their families, friends and neighbours and raised money to ensure that the right information and support is physically accessible to people in the who live area.

“I had the pleasure of speaking to the committee at their 40th-anniversary celebration lunch last year when they were honoured with a High Sheriff Award from Maria Thomas, High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan. They are already winners to us in Wales, and we’re wishing the Macmillan Merthyr Tydfil Fundraising all the very best of luck.”

If you like to find out more or donate to the Macmillan Merthyr Tydfil Fundraising Committee, please visit https://macmillan-org.enthuse.com/merthyrtydfil/profile or keep up with their latest news on their Facebook page Macmillan cancer support Merthyr Tydfil fundraising committee | Facebook.

If you have been inspired to volunteer for Macmillan and would like to find out further information about the many difference opportunities, please visit Volunteering | Macmillan Cancer Support

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