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.
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