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Suppoirting Macmillan & St Luke’s Hospice
In 2014 Lucas lost his Uncle, Alan Walker, to cancer.  Alan's wife, Anita, along with Lucas' cousins, Anya and Josiah and Alan's step children, Jack and Elisha, were greatly supported by the work of Macmillan Cancer Care and appreciative of the care afforded to Alan at St Luke's Hospice in Plymouth.  It was at the hospice that Lucas last visited Alan and committed to support these two causes in his memory.

Lucas is delighted many of those joining him in one of the events this year have also chosen to support Macmillan, many with their own stories of the work they have done.
A brief piece about Macmillan:

Currently over 2.5 million people are effected by cancer in the UK and by 2030, this figure will rise to 4 million people. At Macmillan cancer support, we believe no- one should face cancer alone, so when you need someone to turn to we are here. Right from the moment you’re diagnosed, through your treatment and beyond, we’re a constant source of support, giving you the energy and inspiration to help you take back control of your life.

It's not only patients who live with cancer, we also help carers, families and communities.
We fund nurses and other specialist health care professionals and build cancer care centres.
People need practical support at home, so we provide anything from some precious time off for a carer, to a lift to hospital. People need emotional support, so we listen, advise and share information through our cancer support specialists, website and trained professionals. People need financial help to cope with the extra costs cancer can bring, so we give benefits advice, and grants for anything from heating bills to travel costs. Together we listen, we learn, we act to help people live with cancer.

We are a force for change, listening to people affected by cancer and working together to improve cancer care. Together we use this knowledge to make a positive difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.
We’re determined to make sure that people living with cancer and their loved ones get the support they need. But we can’t do it without support. 98% of our income comes from the public and every donation helps us in our aim to make sure no-one faces cancer alone.
Website: http://www.macmillan.org.uk
Cancer support help line: 0808 808 0000
Fundraising support centre: 0300 1000 200

More details of the work both did in Alan's final year will follow very soon.  


Alan (on left)with his older brother, Derek, outside the house where they grew up in Cornwall in summer 2014.
St Luke’s Hospice, Plymouth
Derek Walker, Lucas’ uncle and older brother of the late Alan Walker, gives an insight into St Luke’s from his visits to see Alan in 2014.
Lucas at St Luke’s Hospice with Uncle, Derek, in April 2015

Lucas is delighted that his friend, Helen ‘Nel’ Shallow, who celebrated turning 50 this year, has donated any gifts in support of Macmillan and St Luke’s as part of Lucas’ campaign for the year.  Happy birthday Helen and thank you!  Picture here when they saw Elbow at Jodrell Bank in 2012.

Sitting on the banks overlooking Plymouth Sound is where you find this beautifully appointed building in a tranquil spot that allows you to feel relaxed as the staff go their duties of providing end of life care. Nothing is too much trouble for the dedicated nurses and doctors and patients are not afraid to ask for the most minor of things to be done for their comfort. I spent a lot of time with my late brother Alan and he seemed to be happy and at ease with himself in such an atmosphere.


When taken to the garden one can look out over the river Tamar toward Cornwall  and enjoy the views and activities of the river whilst still feeling cared for with the facilities provided for transportation to and from the building. In the peaceful surroundings you can reflect on life and discuss all sorts of issues that come to mind. The opportunity to spend time around a meal table is there in the canteen which caters for visitors and patients in equal measure. Within this area an additional role of fundraising takes place as various articles can be bought to help support the hospice.    

                

Friendliness seems to be the password and both paid staff and volunteers are all alike in this smiling and helpful under all circumstances. I'm sure Alan would like us as a family to thank St Luke’s for his care and as a group the Chester Marathon will enable us to raise much needed funds for their continued good work.  Well done Lucas in taking this as your 40th Marathon cause St Luke’s deserve as much support as we can give them.