Our Nominated Charity for 2019/21
Every year in Kent over 10,000 people are newly diagnosed with cancer. The emotional and psychological impacts on patients, their families and friends can be devastating. At this early stage, lack of knowledge of the range of treatments provided, the possible outcomes and the extent of available support can be daunting and lead to feelings of hopelessness.
Macmillan Cancer Support is a UK-wide charity committed to offering cancer patients and their families emotional, clinical and other forms of support and advice at every stage, before, during and after treatment. By giving them knowledge and understanding of their specific situation, treatment options and ongoing progress, patients may make informed decisions about their treatment options, potential for recovery and future impact on lifestyle.
Macmillan Community Nurses are familiar figures in most areas, attending patients in their homes offering clinical and emotional support during and after treatment. But there is so much more besides. Macmillan information leaflets covering every aspect of cancer and its effects are available in every hospital and almost every GP surgery. A 24/7 telephone helpline is staffed by trained volunteers. A fund has been established to offer financial support to those in dire need as a result of their cancer.Less well known is Macmillan’s programme of identifying existing Health Service Professionals to be trained for specialism in cancer-related posts; Clinical Nurse Specialists, Radiographers, Physiotherapists, Dieticians, Nutritionists, End-of-Life Counsellors, in many cases funding their specialist training and on-going support, so that in almost every NHS hospital there are to be found staff in all such disciplines, proudly wearing the green Macmillan badge. Beyond the hospital there are Macmillan-trained doctors visiting GP surgeries to train and advise practitioners on the identification and management of cancer cases.
The charity is almost entirely dependent on charitable donations to allow it to fulfil its stated commitment in one of their slogans:
“Whatever cancer throws your way, we’re right there with you.”
Holding On Letting Go
During our concert at St Peter’s Church, Pembury on Saturday 2nd November 2019 George Rogers, our Chairman, presented a cheque for £3,050 to Caroline Gaskin, Fundraising Officer for Holding On Letting Go, the choir’s appointed charity for 2018-19. The charity was nominated by Rod Stevenson (above left) and this remarkable amount was raised primarily through retiring collections at concerts throughout the year. Caroline thanked the choir and all the audiences over the year that had contributed. The Kent based charity helps children to cope with the death of someone close to them. Support is given to children, young people, parents and carers at their bereavement weekends which are offered free of charge.
And so our retreat from lockdown begins....
As you are all aware, choirs across the country have had to abandon all forms of singing in large groups since lockdown began due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Kent Police Male Voice Choir was by no means different in this aspect and in fact last sang as a choir in March 2020 with the first recording session for a new CD. Sadly the second and final session had to be postponed.
We are however, gradually seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with the commencement of singing (outdoors) in small groups of six. This is dependent of course on the weather but at least it is a start to the gradual coming together of our choir members and rehearsals.
Below are photos of two typical sessions held on 8th April 2021. (Click on pictures for larger images)