The Cove

Discovering you’ve got cancer, recovering from treatment, coping with bereavement, respite care advice for families – these are just a few of the problems staff at The Cove help people with every week. Cancer diagnosis affects all areas of life. Often it’s not the physical effects that worry people, but the sheer weight of ‘stuff’ that needs to be sorted, information that needs to be absorbed and emotions that need to be acknowledged. The Cove is there to give counsel and sound advice on everything from financial arrangements to exercise and diet. It’s also offers quiet spaces, where people can just take a bit of time out.

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The Cove helps 250 people every week take back control of their lives

The Cove project cost £3.1 million to build, and the money raised from the 2015 and 2016 Christmas Fairs went directly to support it. The Macmillan Christmas Fair committee are proud to be one of the founding patrons of The Cove and aim to help fund its incredible work for many years to come.

If you need help, advice or support on your cancer journey, you can visit The Cove anytime 9.30 – 4.30, Monday to Friday or call 01872 256363. You don’t need an appointment.

Macmillan Near You

We help thousands of people with the physical, financial and emotional impact of cancer. We want everyone to have the support they need with whatever cancer throws their way. We’re almost entirely funded by donations and simply cannot support the growing number of people who need us without your help.

How we support people in Cornwall and Devon

1,551  people in your area called the Macmillan Support Line: ‘Macmillan were great on the phone with all sort of things. They helped me demystify terminology and gave me questions to ask around my diagnosis when I was feeling very lost and under- informed.’ Caller to the Macmillan Support Line

9,790  local people used a Macmillan mobile information centre: ‘I visited the Macmillan bus, Basil, with my husband. Spending the time on Basil that day made me realise that there was actually a lot of support out there and I didn’t have to be so isolated.’ User of the Macmillan bus, Basil.

720  Macmillan Grants were given to local people, totalling over £282,100: ‘Macmillan helped with a grant so I could afford to buy some new clothes as I lost a lot of weight due to the cancer, a new juicer so I could make some healthy juices and a day out for me and my family.’ Recipient of Macmillan Grant.

39  Macmillan professionals in funding delivered expert care and support to people throughout their cancer experience: ‘On the day I was diagnosed I was calmly taken into a room with a Macmillan nurse who ran over all the little details that you never really consider, like free prescriptions, critical illness policy claims and how to tell the children.’ Person diagnosed with cancer talking about their Macmillan nurse.

Cancer doesn’t run to a schedule. Pain or side effects from treatment can come at any time and the people who help you won’t always be cancer specialists. In an emergency it is likely to be the ambulance service who attend, including for people nearing the end of their life who have increased physical and emotional needs.

That’s why we have invested £975,000 to fund a Macmillan team of specialist paramedics and nurses. Working within the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust they improve the care people with cancer and those near end of life receive when an emergency call is made. Working directly with paramedics and other professionals they are increasing their skills and knowledge in giving cancer, palliative and end of life care.

This ground-breaking work will mean that people with cancer and near end of life in the south-west will receive care which is more tailored to their needs and professionals will feel more confident supporting them. We also hope to influence how care is provided across other ambulance trusts to help even more people feel supported when they need it most.