Cake-cutting ceremony marks sweet start for Macmillan Wrexham Buddy service

Two Wrexham politicians joined Macmillan Cancer Support staff and volunteers to celebrate the launch of the cancer charity’s new Wrexham Buddy service.

Lesley Griffiths AM and Ian Lucas MP visited the Macmillan Information Unit at Maelor Hospital in Wrexham for a slice of cake, and to find out more about the volunteer-led service.

Although it is very early days for the service, it marks a significant move for Macmillan, as this is the first volunteer-led service set up by the charity in North Wales.

In the Wrexham area, there are currently 4,800 people living with cancer. The Wrexham Macmillan Support Buddy service will provide direct practical and emotional support (such as housework, shopping and light gardening) to people affected by cancer or for those caring from someone with cancer.

Speaking about launch, Wrexham Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths, said: “Cancer affects a great number of people but this wonderful initiative aims to ensure nobody faces the disease alone.

“It offers the chance for people to make a real difference in their community by offering practical and emotional support to individuals most in need.”

Ian Lucas MP for Wrexham, said: “Living with cancer can be a complex and difficult thing. Sometimes, a helping hand goes a long way – which is why I am delighted that Macmillan are launching their buddy scheme here in Wrexham. Those few hours will help people with cancer by providing help with things like household tasks – and also by simply providing a friendly face and a listening ear.

“Providing support like this really does make a difference to people’s lives, and it’s something which has grown in prominence in recent years – so I am grateful to Macmillan for leading the way with their Wrexham scheme.”

Speaking about the Macmillan service, Rachel Twiss, Macmillan Volunteer Service Co-ordinator in North Wales, said: “People affected by cancer can feel isolated and may lose confidence, so our Wrexham Buddies will offer a supportive, professional friendship to people affected by cancer.

“It’s a very new service for Wrexham but we’re looking forward to see it develop in a sustainable way.”