Our fantastic fundraising committee based in Billingshurst recently celebrated 26 years of raising funds for the Midhurst Macmillan Service.
The group's efforts will have contributed hugely to helping people living in the area with either cancer or life limiting illnesses to be treated safely and comfortably at home, at the end of their lives. In that time, the committee has raised over £1.4 million.
Their longstanding programme of fundraising events including local cinema nights at Billingshurst and Pulborough village halls have become firm favourites in the calendar in West Sussex over the years and their presence at local fairs selling delicious cakes, jam and crafts are legendary.
Terri Ashpool, who has chaired the committee for the last 5 years, whilst working full time as a sales advisor and carer, said:
“Everyone has their role to play in our relatively small team. Pam makes a great coffee and walnut cake, Carol, delicious jam and Sheila and Nigel put up the gazebos. We really enjoy getting together regularly to decide our programme of activity and who should do what. Most of us have been touched by cancer in some way so we know how valuable the service is. But we love the social side of getting together too as I've met such lovely people who have become some of my closest friends - like family. It can be really hard work but it's so rewarding, and we get a real buzz knowing where the money goes.”
Jo Stuttaford – Midhurst Macmillan Service Lead, Pam Goldsmith – longest serving committee member, Terri Ashpool – Committee Chair and Rob Moon - Macmillan Head of UK Relationship Fundraising
Jo Stuttaford, Service Lead at the Midhurst Macmillan Service, said:
“We are so grateful to Terri and her fundraising team who have worked tirelessly over the years to support this valuable service. I have been involved with it since 2004 and we have such a strong, dedicated team of doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, counsellors and administrators enabling people to die in their preferred place which is most commonly in their own home.
“The service was one of the first of its kind in the UK and has directly influenced the development of many similar services around the UK.”