Macmillan Jersey have dedicated a room at their cancer support and wellbeing centre - The Oasis, after Community Champion of the year and local journalist Gary Burgess.
33,625 was raised by generous Islanders earlier this year thanks to a fundraising page set up by Helen Clackett. Initially going to Gary himself – he later requested the funds go to Macmillan Jersey to continue providing cancer care on island – of which he was receiving due to a terminal cancer diagnosis. This money has funded said room for a further two years - allowing more islanders support from the local charity.
In relation to these funds, Stephanie Gibaut – Head of Fundraising said ‘Thank you so much for every member of the public who donated on behalf of Gary Burgess. Together, we are making such a difference to cancer support on our island and ensuring anyone affected by cancer in Jersey has access to emotional, practical and wellbeing support’.
The Gary Burgess room will ensure there is a confidential and comfortable space where people can talk about how their cancer diagnosis is affecting everyday life, a place they can ask questions and a place to share freely and not be judged.
Lauren Perchard Rees – Executive Director of the charity said of the naming ‘Not only do we want to recognise Gary’s contribution to our island, by talking about his diagnosis openly and being vocal about the services on offer here in Jersey, he has helped ensure islanders are aware of what we do at Macmillan Jersey – and how we support anyone affected by cancer’.
Gary has also spearheaded the charities’ recent regular giving campaign, as they both launched an emotional video urging islanders to support the charity with a monthly donation. This monthly donation will enable a sustainable income for the charity and allow them to plan for their future.
As a local charity, Macmillan Jersey’s vision is that everybody affected by cancer in Jersey will have access to emotional, practical and wellbeing support, through their preferred route of contact. This support will be delivered in a way that meets peoples individual needs from diagnosis and beyond, and from whichever source is best placed. As the charity doesn’t receive any funding from Macmillan UK, they rely heavily on the continued support of the generous local public through donations.
To sign up and become a regular giver today – head to Macmillan Jersey’s website at macmillanjersey.com/donate