Unsung heroes are so vital to the Macmillan cause

Jamie Davenport, Macmillan senior fundraising manager for Lincolnshire
Jamie Davenport, Macmillan senior fundraising manager for Lincolnshire

I’m fortunate to meet so many people who I often think of as ‘unsung heroes’, writes Jamie Macmillan.

Every year they persuade their family, friends and colleagues to help them raise vital funds for Macmillan.

They are typically very modest, and always make a point of telling me that ‘it was a team effort’.

They will tell me how, without their army of helpers they simply couldn’t have done it.

That’s right, but certain people inspire others and become a driving force for good.

Fiona Goldsby, 43, founded the fundraising group The Merry Macs of Lincoln after being diagnosed with a brain tumour and receiving support from a Macmillan nurse.

In the six years the group has been going, she has managed to raise almost £300,000 for Macmillan.

Now she’s pledging to raise even more to support the new Macmillan Cancer Support Centre being developed at Lincoln Hospital this year.

She said: “When I was told I had cancer, it turned my life upside down.

“If there is one thing I have learned throughout this – it is to live life as fully as you can.

“Cancer was isolating and terrifying, but my family, friends and Macmillan nurse got me through it.

“Having a brain tumour made me grateful for everything that I have – and to do what I can to help others get the help and support they need.”

Her events this year included a Victorian tea party during Lincoln Fashion Week, various musical themed evenings across Lincoln and even a zip slide across the Tyne Bridge.

So, if you’ve read about Fiona – and want to do your bit – then Macmillan really needs your support in Gainsborough and the rest of Lincolnshire.

The new support centre is there for the whole county.

If you would like to get involved and support Macmillan, then contact me on 07595 091384 or email jdavenport@macmillan.org.uk.