A sea of green will sweep across Skegness on and in the lead up to summer bank holiday as a series of events is planned raising money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer support.
The events kick off on Thursday, August 21 and run right through to Bank Holiday Monday on August 25 as local pubs, businesses and volunteers will be coming together to support and organize the events.
On Thursday August 21 and 22 the Macmillan Cancer Support Information Bus will be parked outside the Hildreds Shopping centre, offering a chance for anyone to stop by and find out more about Cancer and the support available.
Further to this, the bus will stop overnight at the Welcome Inn on Burgh Old Road for the evening event, entitled ‘Meet Macmillan’.
From 6pm, anyone can speak with Macmillan professionals, volunteers and fundraisers whilst having another chance to take a look inside the bus.
Events continue with the Ship Inn, Ingoldmells, hosting a Macmillan car boot and evening entertainment on Saturday August 23 and Yates’s, based on the seafront, are having their own fun day and a night full of entertainment, whilst the Macmillan Gala goes ahead in Tower Gardens.
The bank holiday Monday will see volunteers and entertainers take to the streets in aid of charity.
Jamie Davenport (Regional Fundraising Manager for the coast) said: “These ‘takeover’ style days have been really successful in other towns and cities, such as Hull and Lincoln, and I believe Skegness can go one better with a full five days devoted to raising awareness for Macmillan”. ‘Since I started this role, the support for Macmillan in and around Skegness has really astounded me, so this is a chance for everyone to work together to make sure the bank holiday is a great success.”
“I am really passionate about Thursday’s ‘Meet Macmillan’ night. I know not everyone will get a chance to stop and see the information bus through the day, so it is a great chance to come along and have a chat with everyone that makes up this amazing organization. I am so pleased that local nurses and volunteers have agreed to attend, and I know the owners of the Welcome Inn are passionate about giving back to the Skegness community,” he said.
Jamie is keen to hear from anyone who would like to be involved in the fun on bank holiday Monday.
The event calls for volunteers, entertainers of all kinds, and those that simply like to dress up.
Amanda Bowley, of Yates’s Skegness has been helping to organize the Sunday and Monday’s events.
She said: “I have been a keen Macmillan supporter since I lost both my parents to cancer. They received excellent support from the Macmillan nurses during their cancer journey. Everyone in Skegness is so supportive of this cause and I am honored to be involved in the bank holiday excitement.”
All the funds raised will be used by Macmillan to fund vital cancer services for people affected by cancer, from specialist cancer nurses to grants for cancer patients with money problems.
Most recently the charity has helped to set up and train ‘The Macmillan Self Help Support and Befriending Group’ in Skegness, providing practical and emotional help in people’s homes.
In addition the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service continues to hold drop in sessions at the Boots branch on Lumley Road, the next one being on August 19 from 10am – 1pm.
Jamie said: “Sadly the number of people being diagnosed with cancer is increasing every year and that means Macmillan’s support for people living with cancer is in more demand than ever. No one should have to face cancer alone and events like this help us be there for people with cancer and their family when they need us most.”
To find out more about the event email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jamie on 07595091384.