Applications received to date
Awarded to date
New cancer cases in Eilean Siar each year
People affected by cancer in Eilean Siar

Up to £500 per year is available to individuals affected by cancer

The Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative (WICCI) is a registered local charity. As a charity we have developed a unique partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support to address needs and provide support for specific issues faced by cancer patients and their families throughout the Western Isles.

Please get in touch on 01851 706721 or email office@wicci.org.uk for an Enquiry Form

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Upcoming events

  • 22 Jan 2020

    Reiki with Heather Baillie

    Reiki is a healing technique that promotes balance within our whole system – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It is…
  • 23 Jan 2020

    Counselling with Marina Sinclair

    BACP accredited, Marina Sinclair will be here at the WICCI Centre as part of our counselling team every Thursday Morning…
  • 27 Jan 2020

    Hebridean Harmony

    The Hebridean Harmony singing for pleasure group is at the WICCI Centre every Monday at 2:30 PM.
  • 28 Jan 2020

    Counselling with Dolina Grant

    COSCA accredited, Dolina Grant will be here at the WICCI Centre as part of our counselling team. Whether you want…

This really resonated with us here at WICCI, we hear so often from our users of the Centre and recipients of our grants about what happens 'once the treatment ends', this is a lovely piece of writing that really sets it out. Remember, WICCI counsellors are here if you ever want to speak to someone about your life after treatment and we have a number of complementary therapies available that could help you cope with some of the side effects of treatment. Take care of yourself, as the quote says 'we know there is no normal to go back to, but we can help build a new one' 💜💚Did anyone see Fay Ripley on Cold Feet last night with Jenny talking about getting back to normal following her cancer diagnosis and treatment? 😢 It will really help others understand.

It brought to life exactly what I was waffling on about last week and how it is difficult to rejoice that it is 'all over' even when treatment is done. It can be hard to reignite the spark and love for life you once had, even though you are grateful for the second chance you've been given. It takes a while to recover from the emotional and physical trauma and to learn to live with the fear of the cancer returning. Accepting a cancer diagnosis takes time. There is so much information to get your head around and so many opinions and options to consider. Accepting it didn't happen overnight and neither will forgetting it.⁣

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"If you’ve been diagnosed with cervical cancer, hearing that you have or have had a cancer that can be prevented can be difficult"

Ahead of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (20 - 26 Jan) we want you to know that we're here for you, whatever your experience of cervical cancer is. We know not all cervical cancers can be prevented, but through our campaigns we want to try and prevent as many diagnoses as we can.

If you're affected by our prevention messages we hope this blog explains the motivations behind them: www.jostrust.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blog/blog/cervical-cancer-prevention-week-isnt-always-easy
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We are always so grateful to receive donations to help us to deliver treatments and services here at the WICCI Centre.
This month we were delighted to receive a personal donation of £50; half of the proceeds from a funeral collection amounting to £275 and yesterday we were presented with a cheque for £196 from Lynn Maclean School of Dancing who held their Christmas Raffle in aid of WICCI.
Thank you so much to all those who think of donating to WICCI, it really means a lot. 💜💚
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Macmillan’s Online Community – we’re here for you

If you’re facing cancer, or love someone who is, there may be times when you need to talk about things or just hear from those who’ve been there. Our Online Community has people who understand how you feel, because they’re facing cancer too.

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“Thank you to WICCI, this money has helped me and my family at a time of real need.”

“I would encourage anyone with cancer to apply.”

WICCI Applicant

Macmillan Cancer Support Isle of Lewis

Margaret’s Story

“My husband was ill for almost three years and by the end I thought of our Macmillan Nurse not just as a nurse, but as a friend,” said Macmillan Cancer Support Isle of Lewis Committee member Margaret Eaves.

Margaret was first introduced to the work of Macmillan Nurses when her late husband Bob, former Chief Librarian in Stornoway, was diagnosed with cancer nearly ten years ago.

And the dedication, support, empathy and advice received throughout Bob’s illness – and in turn her son David’s subsequent cancer diagnosis – led Margaret to join the local Committee to raise funds and awareness of a service that she says ‘is way more than what you first think’.

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